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Michelle Walker

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Michelle Walker is a New York City based jazz vocalist, arranger and educator with an international resume of concert and festival performances, including 7 tours in Russia, a 10-day tour in Israel with one of the performances at The Tel Aviv Musuem of Art being broadcast live on national radio as well as concerts in London and Amsterdam. Other performance highlights include The Lincoln Center-Women in Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival and live jazz performances throughout the US. Michelle studied privately and attended masterclass with a number of teachers including Betty Carter, Mark Murphy, Rhiannon and more.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Take 6, Shirley Horn, Zara McFarlane and More

Read "Take 6, Shirley Horn, Zara McFarlane and More" reviewed by Jua Howard


Welcome Music Family! I've got a great show in store for you this week including new music Zara McFarlane, Alexis Cole, Queen Esther and April Varner; and plenty more timeless music from artists such as Shirley Horn, Nicolas Bearde, Dara Tuckerand Take 6. Come get lost in the music with me!Playlist Intro 00:00 Nancy ...

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New Releases, Celebrating Jazz Capricorns, Farewell To Jay Clayton & More

Read "New Releases, Celebrating Jazz Capricorns, Farewell To Jay Clayton & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Vanisha Gould & Chris McCarthy, Kristen Edkins, Peter Erskine plus a preview single from Lisa Markley, with birthday shoutouts to Melba Liston, Pamela Samiha Wise, Margaret Slovak, Ruth Brown, Michelle Walker, Jessica Molaskey, Douyé, Dee Daniels, Lisa Markley, Kris Davis and Ingrid Jensen, among others. At the close of the ...

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New Releases, Winter JazzFest and a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns

Read "New Releases, Winter JazzFest and a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes a preview of some of the women artists appearing at the Winter Jazz Fest, new releases from Amina Figarova, the 3D Jazz Trio, a tribute to the music of Irene Higginbotham by Christy Bennett's Fumee plus a single from songwriter Tracey Yarad, with birthday shoutouts to Capricorns Melba Liston, Chelsea McBride, Michelle Walker, ...

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New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...

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New Year New Decade

Read "New Year New Decade" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The first broadcast of the new decade included new releases by Works for Me, Viktori Japilatovic and Bill Cunliffe, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Susannah McCorkle (pictured), Nancy Lamott, Michelle Walker, Georgia Mancio and Jelena Jovović, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, pianists Myra Melford and Lisa Hilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and Clark Terry, among ...

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Why Should There Be Stars

Read "Why Should There Be Stars" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Besides a cursory review of some of the preliminary Grammy ballot submissions, this broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Wallace Roney, vocalists Lili Anel, Lynn Cardona and Heather Bambrick, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianists Hiromi, Lauren Lee and Brenda Earle Stokes, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Ann Richards (pictured) Lauren White, Melissa Stylianou plus pianists Abelita ...

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You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

Read "You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

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Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein

Read "Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Some people are jazz aficionados. Then there's Ari Silverstein. Hooked from the moment he saw the light of jazz, was he content merely to listen? Not Impress-Ari-o! Once he was in, he was in all the way, from organizing concerts to getting his New York tour guide license in order to start shepherding tourists to his ...


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