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News: Recording

Vincent Ding Assembles All-Star Big Band & Strings For A Scintillating Debut

Vincent Ding Assembles All-Star Big Band & Strings For A Scintillating Debut

Vincent Ding is a bright new flame in the world of vocal jazz. Refreshingly steeped in the traditions of icons like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, Ding blends this rich lineage with a depth of autobiographical authenticity from his Taiwanese-American roots to create music that is both thoughtful and powerfully rooted in hard-driving swing. Backed ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Roxy Coss, flutist Elsa Nilsson and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Nat King Cole, Berta Moreno, Eliane Elias, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mark Murphy and in the second hour a salute to Marian McPartland in celebration of her 104th birthday. Thanks for listening and please ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Nat King Cole

Jazz Musician of the Day: Nat King Cole

All About Jazz is celebrating Nat King Cole's birthday today! Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40's, 50's and 60's, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's Infrastructure Week!

Read "It's Infrastructure Week!" reviewed by H William Stine


This week I paid tribute to the roads and highways, the bridges and tunnels, the power, communications, and water systems. I thought I'd better hurry up and celebrate Infrastructure Week before everything crumbles, fizzles out, implodes, and self-destructs.  Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" 00:00 Rosemary Clooney “On The Road Again" from ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970

Read "Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970" reviewed by Peter Rubie


They called it the Cool School, but what's in a name? In this case, quite a lot as it happens. The Cool School included musicians like Chet Baker, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Dave Brubeck. Under the guidance of arranger and composer Gil Evans, it established itself in an unquestionable way ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series

Read "Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Depending on the source, New York native, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Robinson is associated with the electronic, classical, world, or jazz genre. The ambiguousness is a byproduct of an artist whose more than one-hundred-sixty albums have touched upon all those categories. Robinson's influences include Bartók, Yeats, Chinese poetry, Morton Feldman, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane and Lee ...

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Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam

Read "Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous. This is the third installment in a series that introduces you to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each fielded the same questions and recommended a video. Larry Tamanini Meet Larry Tamanini who hails from jny: Philadelphia. He is a steady fixture ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Sewelson: Smooth FreeJazz

Read "Smooth FreeJazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you're a lover of adventurous music, you've certainly had the following experience. You take a seat in a coffee house or even worse in your dentist's chair and out of the speakers flows (stifle your tears) smooth jazz. You might welcome the John Cage—ian sound of the espresso frothier or the Merzbow noise of the ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tony Hightower

Read "Take Five with Tony Hightower" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tony HightowerSinger/Songwriter Tony Hightower is taking up the mantle to be a bridge that ushers R&B audiences into Jazz...Real Jazz. With years of experience as a musical performer and actor with familial roots that place him firmly within the music's firmament, Atlanta-native Hightower is still just getting started on this benevolent turn in his journey. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Halloween Jazz Plus A Celebration of Jay Clayton's 80th Birthday

Read "New Releases, Halloween Jazz Plus A Celebration of Jay Clayton's 80th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Halloween with new releases from Arnie & Hudge (Arnt Arntzen and Jen Hodge), Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, bassist Dave Young and trombonist Nabou Claerhou with birthday shoutouts to Jay Clayton (80 years young), Amanda Monaco, Julia Lee and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their ...


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