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Mary Osborne

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Mary Osborne was an American jazz electric guitarist. Osborne was born in Minot, North Dakota, the tenth of eleven children. Her family was very musically inclined; her mother played guitar and her father, in addition to constructing violins, allowed his barbershop to be the meeting place for the town’s musicians. As early as 3 years of age, she showed an interest in and a knack for playing music. Osborne’s earliest instruments included piano, ukelele, violin, and banjo. At age nine, she first played the guitar. At ten, she started playing banjo in her father’s ragtime band. She also came to be featured on her own radio program, which she would continue to perform on twice weekly until she was fifteen

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Jo Harrop, Matthew Whitaker, Jacky Terrasson, Ivana Cuesta, Birthday Shoutouts To Beryl Booker, Memphis Minnie, Dakota Staton & More

Read "New Releases From Jo Harrop, Matthew Whitaker, Jacky Terrasson, Ivana Cuesta, Birthday Shoutouts To Beryl Booker, Memphis Minnie, Dakota Staton & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Jo Harrop, Matthew Whitaker, Jacky Terrasson (feat. Camille Bertault), Ellynne Rey, Ivana Cuesta and Ruth Saphir, with birthday shoutouts to Beryl Booker, Dakota Staton, Memphis Minnie, Jocelyn Gould, Lili Anel, Deanna Kirk, Sylvia Robinson ("Love On A Two Way Street"), Monnette Sudler, Jenny Scheinman, Marty Elkins, and Jonathan Karrant, among ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sahib Shihab, Danish Radio Big Band, Mohamed Najem

Read "Sahib Shihab, Danish Radio Big Band, Mohamed Najem" reviewed by David Brown


Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. This week, Sahib Shihab in Scandinavia; The Danish Radio Big Band as led by Thad Jones and Mhio Hazama. I'm also back from Paris record store ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles

Read "Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles" reviewed by David Brown


Personally, I do not celebrate Christmas. But for this week's show, I figured I'd get in the spirit and sprinkle a few offbeat holiday tunes into the mix. We start off with a Latin set with Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra's “Jingle Bells Mambo" followed by Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat; then a set of meteorological ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, A Pride of Jazz Leos, Congratulations To Jazz Master Amina Claudine Myers & More

Read "New Releases, A Pride of Jazz Leos, Congratulations To Jazz Master Amina Claudine Myers & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Kaisa's Machine, Amy Engelhardt, the Towner Galaher Organ Trio, with a single from vocalist Monika Ryan, plus birthday shoutouts to guitarist Mary Osborne, vocalists Kay Starr, Helen Merrill, Luciana Souza, Phoebe Snow, Cynthia Scott, Janis Siegel, Joanie Palatto, Carmen Bradford, among others, closing with a salute to newly awarded Jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts

Read "A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by Mary Lou Williams in the first hour (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). In the second hour, more music by jazz mothers Geri Allen, Allison Miller, Chris McNulty and more, with new releases from the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band plus singles from Ann Hampton Callaway ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pannist Joy Lapps, a Carla Bley tribute by Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison & Ted Nash, the WJ3 All Stars, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, vocalist Sylvia Brooks plus a single from pianist Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Osborne, lyricist Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow, Gayelynn McKinney, Akua Dixon, Lauren Sevian and ...

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New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne

Read "New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with a centennial salute to guitarist Mary Osborne. Born in North Dakota, she came to prominence in New York City in the 1940s appearing with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk and Mary Lou Williams. Also presented are new releases from vocalists Samara Joy, Hilary Kole and violinist Diane ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Way You Look Tonight - Celebrating Dorothy Fields

Read "The Way You Look Tonight - Celebrating Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first hour celebrates the birthday of legendary lyricist Dorothy Fields in addition to new releases from Susan Tobocman, Emilie-Claire Barlow and Bocana, Callum Au and Claire Martin plus an instrumental by Mimi Fox of “Better Times Will Come," part of Janis Ian's Better Times Project. Birthday shout-outs to guitarist Mary Osborne, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, ...


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