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Michelle Lordi

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On her critically hailed 2015 album Drive, Michelle Lordi joined forces with pianist/arranger Orrin Evans, who produced the project and accompanied her on a program of emotionally taut ballads featuring an all star Philadelphia band. With her new album Dream a Little Dream, she delivers an intoxicating set of beloved standards with an illustrious cast of Philadelphia jazz veterans, including the storied tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna and guitarist Sonny Troy (who have played together since they met in South Philadelphia in Frankie Avalon's band in the late 1950s). A singer blessed with a sumptuous voice, Michelle Lordi turns each musical encounter into an emotionally charged communion, creating an exhilarating circuit between her voice, her collaborators and the audience

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan

Read "Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Rosalyn McClore and flutist Yulia Musayelyan with birthday shoutouts to Bessie Smith, Wendy Kirkland, Tia Fuller, Judy Wexler, Vanessa Perica, Herbie Hancock, Haruna Fukazawa, Pete Malinverni and Michelle Lordi, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones

Read "Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From modern day saxophonist Greg Tardy, we swing into the 685th Episode of Neon Jazz. This show features a host of songs from artists who released music during 2020. We also talked to quite a few musicians during that pandemic year for their wisdom and insights into survival during an era of no live music. They ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds and New Faces

Read "New Sounds and New Faces" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week's show includes recent releases featuring Tim Berne via the 9donkeys label, New Faces from Posi-Tone, a watershed moment in East Coast Jazz, new music from Michaela Steinhauer and Francisco Mela, and much more. Playlist Tim Berne's Hardcell “Van Grundy's Retreat" from The Cosmos (9donkeys) 00:00 Ben Allison “Spy" from Medicine Wheel (Palmetto) ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2020

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


We are experiencing an existential fold in history, one where we do not even realize its gravity because it has been so cheapened by ourselves. The only thing that rises above all of this is art, and in particular, music. It is but grace that these artists provided us a gift we could never possibly warrant. ...

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Article: Interview

Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution

Read "Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some artists are blessed to be born into situations where opportunities are at the ready. Education and training are easily obtainable. Maybe they have connections to the professional world, via their lineage or other friends. Even so, it's still up to them to produce and deal with the inevitable vagaries of their choice to pursue music ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Something Cool - Celebrating Carol Sloane

Read "Something Cool - Celebrating Carol Sloane" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Women's History Month continues with new releases from saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, vocalist Jay Clayton, pianist Nuphar Fey and guitarist Pat Metheny, with birthday shout outs to vocalist Carol Sloane in the first hour (pictured), along with Nicki Parrott, Rachelle Garniez, Billy Childs, Carole Bayer Sager, Tomoko Ohno, Anat Fort and Eric Comstock, among others.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding

Read "You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature new releases from vocalists Kat Edmonson, Tamuz Nissim, Maria Schafer and JD Walter with birthday shout outs to pianists Lil Armstrong, Marc Cary and Jutta Hipp, bassist Katie Thiroux, trumpeter Jeannie Tanner, and vocalist Ed Reed, among others. In the first hour, a celebration of Esperanza Spalding's latest Grammy win for Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Michelle Lordi: Break Up With the Sound

Read "Break Up With the Sound" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Michelle Lordi's house burned down at the end of 2017. That is a bracing life event from which one may find oneself at a brutally curious fork in the road. Lordi's Break Up With the Sound makes it seem that she blazed through Kubler Ross's five stages of loss and got to work on something ...

Album

Break Up With the Sound

Label: Cabinet of Wonder Productions
Released: 2019
Track listing: Poor Bird; Wayward Wind; Double-Crossed; True Love; Before; No Expectations; Lover Man; Red House Serenata; Red House Blues; I'm So Lonesome.


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