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Melissa Morgan - vocalist Melissa Morgan is a newcomer with an old-school pedigree. Her earliest exposure to jazz was by way of her grandmother’s record collection when she was growing up. Some of the first jazz voices she ever heard from among those old LPs �" Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson �" were also some of the greatest. Two decades after first hearing those classic voices, Morgan’s tastes still run to that heyday of the great jazz divas. Her debut recording, “Until I Met You” for Telarc, captures that organic, old-school sensibility and reintroduces it to an entirely new generation of listeners. Melissa Morgan was born in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey

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Article: Live Review

Melissa Morgan Quartet at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Read "Melissa Morgan Quartet at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society" reviewed by Bill Leikam


Melissa Morgan Quartet Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, Ca. May 11, 2014As is often customary, vocalist Melissa Morgan did not immediately appear on stage while her trio of Los Angeles based musicians, pianist Sam Hirsh,bassist Katie Thiroux, and Matt Witek on drums, opened the show with an old ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Garrison: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Instead of simply homing in on one specific musical coordinate, saxophonist Matt Garrison decided to widen his focus and hit a few different targets with his third album. The aptly-titled Patchwork finds him looking toward “initial musical influence, educational influences, and current outcomes." It's a collection of Garrison's personalized yesterday-meets-today musical scenarios. It's ...

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Article: Live Review

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

Read "37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort" reviewed by Patricia Myers


37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party Scottsdale Hilton Resort Scottsdale, Arizona March 22-23, 2014 An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party. A special element at this party ...

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Article: Interview

Randy Napoleon: Playing for the Jukebox Crowd

Read "Randy Napoleon: Playing for the Jukebox Crowd" reviewed by Trish Richardson


When guitarist Randy Napoleon titled his latest effort, The Jukebox Crowd (Gut String Records, 2012), the jukebox he referred to was not some nostalgic 1950s era one that sits idly in a corner. Rather, she is a much sleeker, hipper, and more modern version. She is cool and, of course, jazzy, and she commands center stage. ...

Album

Until I Met You

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Save Your Love for Me; Is You Is or Is You Ain

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News: Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 2, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 12 — Joey DeFrancesco Snapshot (HighNote) 229 126 +103 18 64 1 2 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 224 207 +17 2 59 2 6 3 5 6 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 223 175 +48 1 50 3 5 4 ...

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 26, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 261 262 -1 1 55 1 10 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 207 249 -42 3 53 2 5 3 3 3 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 192 179 +13 4 50 ...

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News: Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 19, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 262 252 +10 1 55 1 9 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 249 232 +17 3 57 2 4 3 3 8 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 179 190 -11 5 51 ...

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 12, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 2 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 252 232 +20 2 57 1 8 2 2 17 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 232 194 +38 9 57 2 3 3 8 14 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 190 165 +25 5 49 ...


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