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Melody Gardot

Pull down your shades and light some candles. A simple, yet poignant blend of jazz and folk is headed your way. At 22, singer-songwriter Melody Gardot has a hauntingly smooth voice that can melt even the coldest of hearts. Melody Gardot has set the bar for what it means to be a musical athlete. Drenched in a sublime vapor of mellow blues, eclectic folk, and the faintest essence of jazz, she breaks forth with her debut full length album, Worrisome Heart. The record is an effervescent 11-track collection of original songs co-produced by Melody Gardot and Grammy-Award winning producer Glenn Barratt

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Melody Gardot: Sunset in the Blue

Read "Sunset in the Blue" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Melody Gardot emerged from her own smoky shadows of the mid-2000s as if she were some femme fatale emanating from a film noir movie. The plot twist was that she was the good girl, but it was her body that had been damaged in an auto accident. An extensive recovery followed. Her long, lean cane only ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Sunset in the Blue

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: If You Love Me; C'est Magnifique; There Where He Lives in Me; Love Song; You Won't Forget Me; Sunset in the Blue; Um Beijo; Ninguem, Ninguem; From Paris With Love; Ave Maria; Moon River; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Little Something.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new releases from flutists Carla Campopiano and Yulia Musayelyan, vocalist Melody Gardot, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, guitarists Susan Alcorn and Chance Hayden, plus singles from Sarah McKenzie and Lili Anel, the latest participant of Janis Ian's Better Times Will Come project, with birthday shoutouts to pianist Betty Bryant, vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Marlene ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

You Ain't Worth a Good Woman - Celebrating Koko Taylor

Read "You Ain't Worth a Good Woman - Celebrating Koko Taylor" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Included are fresh singles from Jonathan Karrant, Melody Gardot, plus a new release from the Jen Hodge All Stars with birthday shoutouts to Koko Taylor (pictured), Lauren White, Melissa Stylianou, Laila Biali, Ann Richards, pianists Carolina Calvache, Hyuna Park, Emily Takahashi and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound

Read "Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Vince Mendoza is a jazz composer, arranger, and conductor of consummate originality, skill, and adaptability, so much so that he has for several decades received frequent invitations and commissions from the whole gamut of ensembles and performers like the WDR Big Band, the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands, the Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonic, and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles

Read "Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from The Coachella Valley Trio, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, pianists Lisa Hilton and Carol Albert, vocalists Robin McKelle, Kaylé Brecher, and Raquel Cepeda, plus Valentine's Day singles from Sue Maskaleris and Cynthia Scott, with birthday shout outs to Carole King, Michika Fukumori and Carmen Staaf, among others. There are also plenty ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Siril Malmedal Hauge & Jacob Young: Last Things

Read "Last Things" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Personal, thoughtful, starkly minimal and yet sublimely atmospheric—this is the kind of session that's terribly easy to overlook, but if it tried to grab your attention, that would really defeat the purpose. The appeal of Last Things is in its disarming straight-from-the-heart intimacy. Simple but never simplistic, it offers the aural equivalent of late-night relaxation amid ...


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