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Nellie Lutcher

Pianist and vocalist Nellie Lutcher was born on October 15, 1912 in Lake Charles Louisiana. Her parents were both musicians; her father played the bass and her mother the piano. She started piano lessons at age 6 and by age 8 she was playing both piano and organ at the local church. When Nellie was 12 years old, the legendary Ma Rainey came to Lake Charles for an engagement but her pianist fell ill and the 12-year-old Nellie Lutcher took his place. At age 14 she joined her father in Clarence Hart's Imperial Jazz Band and a few years later she married the band's trumpet player, a marriage that lasted only two months. In 1933, Lutcher joined the 16-piece Southern Rhythm Boys and soon became their arranger

ARTICLE: RADIO

Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More

Read "Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Today's broadcast celebrates many Jazz Scopios, with birthday shoutouts to Nellie Lutcher ("He's a Real Gone Guy, Hurry On Down"), Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch, Dianne Reeves, Magos Herrera, Jimmy Heath, Freddy Cole, Anita O'Day and Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," “Ballad of the Sad Young Men"). Thanks for listening and please ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

Read "Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages

Read "Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dave Burrell is a master pianist and composer who encountered the avant-garde in the 1960s and has been following his own independent path ever since. He combines classical and jazz elements that are both “inside" and “outside" the mainstream. The title of a poem by J.V. Cunningham, “The Metaphysical Amorist" characterizes much of his playing, which ...

Laurie Antonioli: A Constellation In The West

Read "Laurie Antonioli: A Constellation In The West" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

While vocalist Laurie Antonioli may not be a household name, she is not exactly an unknown quantity. The Bay area native has been singing pre-professionally and professionally since the late 1970s, initially influenced by the diamond songwriting talents of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Neil Young. She took a right turn listening to her grandmother's 78s ...

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Nellie Lutcher

Read "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Nellie Lutcher" reviewed by Ken Dryden

I had never heard of Nellie Lutcher when she appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz during the mid-1980s, but I was taken with her right away. With her playful vocals and swinging piano, Lutcher was famous for a time during the 1940s, but her record sales declined during the following decade and after being dropped by ...

Hurry on Down

Label: ASV Living Era
Released: 2003

Hurry On Down

Label: Sunset Records
Released: 2001

Real Gone / Our New Nellie

Label: Sunset Records
Released: 2000

And Her Rythm

Label: Sunset Records
Released: 1996


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