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Mary Foster Conklin

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Vocalist and radio host Mary Foster Conklin is an old school song hound, with a special talent for uncovering lesser known treasures of the Great American Songbook and performing them in nontraditional venues. Her smoky voice with a tart twist of lemon has been described as both recognizably traditional yet unmistakably contemporary, as she puts her personal stamp on a repertoire that spans over nine decades. “Scratch her witty tough-girl-from Jersey patter,” wrote The Washington Post, “and you’ll find a sensitive artist (but not frail) with a wide-ranging boldly colored voice and an open ear for off-beat material.” Mary Foster Conklin has appeared in theatres, jazz clubs, cabarets and even fire escapes in the metropolitan New York area and throughout the United States and Canada

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Ella Fitzgerald

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This broadcast features new releases from saxophonist Berta Moreno, bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb, guitarist George Gilliam and pianist/vocalist Lauren Lee with birthday shoutouts to Ella Fitzgerald, Roxy Coss, Charles Mingus, Alan Broadbent, Lara Downes and Kendra Shank, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...

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Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan

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This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Rosalyn McClore and flutist Yulia Musayelyan with birthday shoutouts to Bessie Smith, Wendy Kirkland, Tia Fuller, Judy Wexler, Vanessa Perica, Herbie Hancock, Haruna Fukazawa, Pete Malinverni and Michelle Lordi, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...

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April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday

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Midway through Jazz Appreciation Month, this broadcast continues the Spring celebration with songs of April plus birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Andre Previn, Marilyn Maye and Billie Holiday, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist ...

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Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

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This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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Wrapping Up Womens History Month With New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Aretha Franklin And Sarah Vaughan

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This broadcast wraps up Womens History Month featuring new releases from Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Coffin & Helen Gillet, vocalists Joanie Pallatto, Hannah Baiardi and Georgia Mancio plus birthday shoutouts to Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Renee Rosnes, Hiromi, Mimi Jones and Stacey Kent, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...

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Juno Nominees, New Releases Plus Birthday Shout-outs For Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland And More As Womens History Month Continues

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This broadcast features Juno nominees, new releases from vocalists Sarah Moule, Sarah Jerrom, Janis Siegel and guitarist David Howard plus birthday shoutouts to Elis Regina, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Michele Rosewoman, and Deanna Witkowski, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.

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New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts As Women's History Month Continues

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Now in full swing, Women's History Month continues—this broadcast features new releases from Jane Monheit, Rebecca Dumaine, Yelena Eckemoff, Roni Ben-Hur and Kenney Polson with birthday shoutouts to Keely Smith, Shirley Scott, Nicki Parrott, Judy Niemack, Anat Fort, Miki Yamanaka, Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Radio

Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More

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March is Women's History Month and A Broad Spectrum begins another year on the air with the best of women-driven jazz music, past and present. This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Frances Coché, pianist Lara Downes and a single from trombonist Aubrey Logan plus birthday shoutouts to pianist Tomoko Ohno, vocalists Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, ...

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New Releases Plus A Special Birthday Shoutout For A Broad Spectrum

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Happy fifth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! Nice to celebrate a milestone after almost a year of remote broadcasting but better times are coming. Music remains a healing force. This broadcast includes new releases from Roseanna Vitro, Out To Dinner, Peter Eldridge, Charles McPherson, Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent and Idit Shner with birthday shout outs ...


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