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Mary Stallings

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"I had a huge voice when I was just eight years old," says Mary Stallings about her beginnings as a singer. It was a voice too big to ignore - spanning almost four octaves. Few could. By the time she was 11, she had made her first solo recording and while still in high school she joined Louis Jordan's Tympani Five. She came of age in the big band era, and was invited to tour as vocalist with most of the major names of the time. "It was the best musical education I could have had," explains Mary, "I was fired from lessons for playing everything from memory." Instead, her education came a bit more unconventionally, including stints with the Grover Mitchell - Earl "Father" Hines band, three years touring the U.S

Album

Songs Were Made to Sing

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Stolen Moments, Lover Man, Blue Monk, Ill Wind, While We're Young, Lady Bird, When I Close My Eyes, Prelude to a Kiss, Third Time Is the Charm, 'Round Midnight, Soul Mates, Give Me the Simple Life, Sugar.

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Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing

Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing

Mary Stallings is one of the finest living jazz singers. Her voice is deep, hip and swinging. Most of all, she has soul—lots of knowledge and experience built into her phrasing. Born in San Francisco in 1939, Stallings developed her singing chops in church before branching out to the citys' many clubs as a teen. These ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases With Birthday Shoutouts to Regina Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln and More

Read "New Releases With Birthday Shoutouts to Regina Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from marimbaist Jenny Klukken, Kevin Hays, Ben Street & Billy Hart, bassist Ilana Lipsztein, Cory Weeds Nightcrawlers and saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree with birthday shoutouts to Regina Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, KJ Denhert, Kat Edmonson and Kat Gang, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More

Read "I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates a new collaboration from Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny plus releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson, pianist Jill McCarron and violinist Tomoko Omura, with birthday shoutouts to composer Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache, This Will Make You Laugh), Hazel Scott, Geri Allen, Jenny Scheinman, Lili Anel, Jocelyn Gould, and Monika Herzig, among others. Thanks ...

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Women in Jazz: In Tribute to Billie

Read "Women in Jazz: In Tribute to Billie" reviewed by Russell Perry


In 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth. In 2020, the documentary Billie was released and now the flawed biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday has come out. In the last several years, there have been significant tribute records by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson and José James. In addition, songs from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Saluting Harold Arlen

Read "Saluting Harold Arlen" reviewed by Russell Perry


Born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, Harold Arlen was one of the most important composers of the Great American songbook. Arlen's first collaboration with lyricist Ted Koehler, “Get Happy," became his first hit in 1930 and ever since his tunes have been covered by jazz artists. In 2000, his collaboration with Yip Harburg, “Over the ...

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Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More

Read "Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the latest album by Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans and his Captain Black Big Band. Then we profile a new Kansas City group, The Freedom Affair, as they hit the airwaves with strength and style. We also look at new music from Mary Stallings and Fumi Tomita, say good-bye to the mighty ...

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Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...

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I See You; I Hear You

Read "I See You; I Hear You" reviewed by H William Stine


I think one of the responsibilities of having a microphone every week is knowing when to shut up. I did that (for the most part) this week and let singers and songwriters who for so many years have seen and heard with perception and then written with eloquent honesty about this painful struggle playing out once ...


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