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Nancy Marano

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Nancy Marano was named "Top 4 Jazz Vocalists of the Year" by the IAJE Journal in recognition of her performance on the critically acclaimed CD "If You Could See Us Now!" with Manny Albam and The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra. Nancy has been profiled by Whitney Balliett in The New Yorker, and also by CBS Sunday Morning TV program. She has recorded Seven CDs to date as leader, and has recorded as a guest vocalist with Benny Carter and Dick Hyman. She has been a guest soloist in concerts with the Radio Big Bands of Koln, Germany and Slovenia, and sung at North Sea Jazz four times, Sea Jazz in Helsinki, Marca Jazz in Italy, and on The Norway Floating Jazz Festival. Performances: JVC Festival, IAJE, Women In Jazz at the Kennedy Center, The Alec Wilder Festival and at The Charlie Parker Festival with Benny Carter. Nancy led an accordion duo for 9 years, called Marano & Monteiro, with 2 recordings on the Denon label, and one produced by Nancy. Very active in Jazz Education Internationally, Nancy has been a faculty member of Manhattan School of Music for 20 years

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New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

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In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast ...

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Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer

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Besides a celebration of songs by Johnny Mercer, the broadcast includes new releases from pianist Andrea Petrity, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Karrin Allyson, Sonia Johnson, and the latest project from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science plus more birthday shout outs to bassist Jen Hodge, vocalists Janet Lawson, Holli Ross, LaVern Baker, Ernestine Anderson, ...

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Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night

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The first broadcast of the Summer includes hot new releases from saxophonists Pureum Jin and Stan Getz, flutist Ragan Whiteside, pianist Yoko Miwa, vocalist Lauren Henderson, and the Ed Palermo Big Band, with birthday shout outs to Sammy Cahn, Manny Albam, Jaimie Branch, Cyndi Lauper, Sue Raney and Deborah Weisz, among others. Happy Solstice !

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Songs to Aging Children Come

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This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

Scenes from a life in Jazz

Read "Scenes from a life in Jazz" reviewed by Duncan Lamont


Part 1 | Part 2 About the author Duncan Lamont is one of the UK's musical treasures. I've known who he is for years, but finally through a friend, got to meet and play with him only this year (2018) at The Pizza Express in Soho, London. Sammy Cahn, the legendary lyricist, said about ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

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Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...

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Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

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Many common birthdays in this broadcast. In the second hour, Laura Nyro shares her day with hipster Bobby Troup, who celebrates his centennial this month; followed by a shout-out to Dizzy Gillespie, born the same day as Beat poet Fran Landesman, whose songs will be highlighted in the final hour. Playlist Miggy Augmented Orchestra ...

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Article: Catching Up With

The Dazzling Alexis Cole

Read "The Dazzling Alexis Cole" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge


Jazz singer Alexis Cole's career has been anything but conventional. She's done residencies in far-flung places like Ecuador, India, and Japan. She fronted the Army's big band for several years as a soldier herself. And now she's a faculty member in the jazz program at SUNY Purchase. With a dozen critically acclaimed albums under her belt, ...


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