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Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress, and flutist of Haitian descent with creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental, and Haitian roots music. Charles grew up singing in church, trained as an opera singer, and attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as a flute major. She is a 2010 Vocal Jazz Performance graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has trained under the tutelage of jazz masters Reggie Workman, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper. Charles has performed at world renowned venues, both as a leader and a sideman, in New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blue Note; Smalls; Nublu), Italy (Blue Note, Milan), Japan (Billboard Live), France (Duc de Lombards, Paris), England (Ronnie Scott’s), Poland (12on14; Harris Piano Jazz Bar), Germany, and Russia

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Giorgia Hannoush, Yuhan Su, Amanda Gardier, Mary Halvorson, Eugenie Jones & More

Read "New Releases From Giorgia Hannoush, Yuhan Su, Amanda Gardier, Mary Halvorson, Eugenie Jones & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from guitarists Giorgia Hannoush and Mary Halvorson, vibraphonist Yuhan Su, saxophonist Amanda Gardier, pianist Myra Melford and vocalist Eugenie Jones, with birthday shoutouts to Marc Cary, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Jeanne Lee, Cindy Scott, and Caili O'Doherty, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

Album

Hotel San Claudio

Label: Soul Bank Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Creator Has A Master Plan Part I; Strings; MFT; Bushido; Interlude; Kanazawa; Love Is Everywhere; Interlude; The Creator Has A Master Plan Part II.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Regina Carter, Connie Converse & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Regina Carter, Connie Converse & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Matt Catingub, Gabriela Martina, Olivia Van Goor and Jack Jones, with birthday shoutouts to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Kat Edmonson and Connie Converse, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More

Read "Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Los Angeles and New York are the two poles of this playlist documenting the vibrancy of these two scenes, and their cross-pollination, including through a sample from the iconic Wattstax Benefit Concert, a dive into new releases by Colorfield Records, a jazz look at the Erykah Badu's and Kendrick Lamar's songbook, and the reimagining of Pharoah ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark de Clive-Lowe, Melanie Charles, Shigeto: Hotel San Claudio

Read "Hotel San Claudio" reviewed by Chris May


Lovers of Pharoah Sanders' fundamentally acoustic spiritual-jazz may experience something of a road-to-Damascus moment listening to Hotel San Claudio: the realisation that high-tech, digital-era excursions can, in the right hands, bring more than just novelty to the music. Almost half of Hotel San Claudio--a collaboration between keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe, vocalist and flautist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More

Read "A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This first broadcast of the new year celebrates 2023 with new releases from Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding and a single from Carla Muller, plus Part I of some favorite recordings of 2022 and a nod to some of the artists that left the planet last year. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2022" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Various venues Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec, Canada July 5-9, 2022 All hail the return of live music! After a three-year break imposed by Covid-19, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) was back this year with a scaled-down but user-friendly slate of 350 concerts, about 2/3 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Brooklyn-based pianist to follow up successful Jazz Road tour of the Midwest in 2021 with three West Coast dates and a London headline debut, performing music from Resilience (2020) and Flipped II (2018). Performance dates will coincide with the release of em>Resilience (Recharged), a newly remixed and reimagined version of the title track of Resilience, with ...

Album

Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: God Bless the Child; Perdido; Detour Ahead; All Africa (The Beat); The Music Is the Magic; Pay Black Women Interlude; Woman of the Ghetto; Jazz (Ain’t Nothing But Soul); Go Away Little Boy; What a Difference; Beginning to See the Light.


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