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Nancy Wilson


Nancy Wilson blurs the line between jazz singer and pop singer, preferring to be called a “song stylist.”  Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on February 20, 1937, she is younger than Elvis, Little Richard and Esther Phillips, and only a year older than Etta James and Tina Turner.  Yet, stylistically speaking, she is worlds away from these rhythm rocking contemporaries.  Nancy is more like an earlier generation of vocalists such as Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan or Billy Eckstine.

At 15, after appearing at a talent show in Columbus, Ohio, Nancy was given her own twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies.  She worked at the Carolina Club on Prom Night and six months later with the house band. Cannonball Adderley once told her, “If you ever come to New York give me a call.” He was managed by John Levy, 


Article: Interview

Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound

Read "Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To nurture a sound on one's instrument--a personal voice--that is instantly recognizable, is not necessarily easy. It can be especially hard if following in a line of historical heavy hitters. Meilana Gillard, the Ohio-raised, Northern Ireland-based tenor saxophonist has been compared to Johnny Hodges, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Lovano and Branford ...

News: Video / DVD

The David Frost Show: 1969-1972

The David Frost Show: 1969-1972

The David Frost Show debuted in the U.S. in 1969 and lasted until 1972. It was broadcast in color from New York and was produced by Westinghouse's Group W Productions for syndication, airing three days a week. What made the show special, in addition to featuring an intelligent host, was the diversity of guests and their ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Kenny Drew, Satoko Fujii, Julian Lage

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Kenny Drew, Satoko Fujii, Julian Lage" reviewed by David Brown

We kick off the show with some works that blur the lines of genre from James Brandon Lewis, Mary Halvorson and the Chicago Underground Duo; move into a set of late '50s recordings by pianist Kenny Drew, and then take off in all directions from there: piano trios from Satoko Fujii, Marc Copland and Matthew Shipp; ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Out to Lunch Tribute, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Out to Lunch Tribute, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by David Brown

This week we celebrate the recording anniversary of Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch. We'll pay tribute by playing tracks from the LP as recorded by Vandermark 5, Orchestre National De Jazz, James Newton, The Lounge Lizards and Eric Dolphy himself. A vocal set will follow featuring big band era vocalists Antia O'Day, Helen Humes and Ella ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases And Birthday Shoutouts To Nina Simone, Ida Cox, Nancy Wilson & More

Read "New Releases And Birthday Shoutouts To Nina Simone, Ida Cox, Nancy Wilson & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Jill McCarron, Lynne Arriale, Mamiko Watanabe, Debby Wang, Sara Michaels, Natalie Douglas, a digital release for Nina Simone's Back and a second single from Rachel Z plus birthday shoutouts to Nina Simone, Patti Wicks, Ida Cox, and Nancy Wilson, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums since 1969: 2001-2005

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums since 1969: 2001-2005" reviewed by Robert Middleton

These six jazz thrillers from the first years of the 21st-century journey to wonderful and exotic locations with music that moves and grooves. All six albums feature influences from Middle Eastern, African, and Asian traditional music. They are all very visual in that they conjure up exotic vistas and locations, such as caravans and oases in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge

Read "Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge" reviewed by Steven Roby

This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with legendary jazz pianist and former Denver Public Schools Music Educator, Neil Bridge. Joining him is his wife and Muse, Vocalist/Collaborator Karen Lee Bridge. Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, musical director, and former DPS music educator. Throughout his illustrious career, ...


Article: Album Review

Jonathan Karrant: Eclectic

Read "Eclectic" reviewed by Dave Linn

Born and raised at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River, Jonathan Karrant fell under the influence of his artistic mother. As a child, it is said he sang for hours every day, making his public debut at the age of seven at his ...


Article: Profile

Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Read "Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

In jazz, as in life, the most interesting path between two points is rarely a straight line. Consider the acclaimed jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater For much of the 1990s, Bridgewater engaged in what was arguably the decade's most dynamic, comprehensive and witty exploration of the idea of the human voice as an instrument. Along the ...


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