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Maxine Sullivan

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Maxine Sullivan was a jazz vocalist with a light and intimate style that sadly recorded far too few jazz songs in her career. She enjoyed success in the swing era, and then repeated that success several eras later. Maxine Sullivan had very little formal music training. She was discovered while singing at the Benjamin Harrison Literary Club in Pittsburg by Gladys Mosier. Mosier was, in the mid 1930's, an acquaintance of fellow pianist Claude Thornhill. She soon introduced her new find to Thornhill and as his protege', Maxine Sullivan made her first records in June of 1937, accompanied by the pianist's all-star band. The critics at Metronome magazine received Maxine's first records warmly, giving the discs good ratings and reviews. Around the same time Maxine became the vocalist at The Onyx Club in New York

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dead Center of the Mainstream

Read "Dead Center of the Mainstream" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


For all their excursions into the avant-garde, fusion, post-bop, and other “edgy" forms of jazz, sometimes the boys just want to wallow right in the middle of the stream—the main part of it, you might say. This fortnight's feast includes two instrumental and two vocal albums all centered in the tradition and happy to be there. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Infinite Variety of the Human Voice

Read "The Infinite Variety of the Human Voice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show examines a wide variety of jazz singing styles, including frisky swinging by Annie Ross and Eddie Jefferson, vocal chorus work from New York Voices, wordless experimenting by Karin Krog and folk song interpretations by Maxine Sullivan and Sheila Jordan. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More

Read "John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we speak with legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield and profile his new CD Swallow Tales. We also dig into brand new material from Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lolly Allen and Anne Mette Iversen. Enjoy the jazz, friends. Playlist John Scofield “Falling Grace" Swallow Tales (ECM) 00:00 Host talks 5:43 Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz ...

News: Video / DVD

Maxine Sullivan in 10 Clips

Maxine Sullivan in 10 Clips

The female jazz vocal starts with Maxine Sullivan. No knock on Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or other great vocalists of the 1930s and '40s, but they were really show-time swing singers at the time. Sullivan was first to bring a conversational intimacy to the jazz vocal that was better suited to small rooms than theater stages. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

Read "Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection ...

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News: Event

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

By Mackenzie Horne Dwindling attendance is perhaps the most serious threat to the well-being of today's regional jazz circles, and addressing this issue requires an approach that is as authentic as it is aggressive. Problems with attendance and participation seem to be amplified in a metropolitan area as small as jny: Pittsburgh, and past ...

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Article: Getting Into Jazz

Together (Maxine Sullivan Sings The Music Of Jule Styne)

Read "Together (Maxine Sullivan Sings The Music Of Jule Styne)" reviewed by Mark Barnett


Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD capsule What do you get if you take a 76 year old jazz singer who's seen a lot of life, surround her with a small group of premier ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...

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Article: Lyrics

Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano

Read "Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano" reviewed by Luca Canini


Non è vero che il jazz italiano sta bene. Non è vero che siamo il paese dei festival e che abbiamo musicisti che tutto il mondo ci invidia. Possiamo raccontarcela tra di noi, se vi va. Facendo finta che questo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili e che il sole dell'avvenire splenda alto sopra l'orizzonte, ma ...


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