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Nicole Mitchell

"One of Chicago's more inspiring jazz visionaries, " (Chicago Tribune), Nicole Mitchell is a creative instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and an educator. With her ensembles, and as a featured flutist, she has been a highlight at art venues and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. A recent recipient of the 2011 Alpert Award and a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Nicole Mitchell explores new sounds and creative techniques as a flutist and as a composer. She has performed with creative luminaries including George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford, Orbert Davis, Lori Freedman and Muhal Richard Abrams

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Jacqui Naylor and Mark Winkler with pianist David Benoit plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Nicole Mitchell, Sara Caswell, Elsa Nilsson, Carmen Sandim and Dena DeRose, among others. Thanks for listening and please support all of these fine musicians and buy their recordings through this time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Logan Richardson: AfroFuturism

Read "AfroFuturism" reviewed by Chris May

In a 2016 interview, Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, Shift. ...

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

Dimensional Stardust

Label: International Anthem/Nonesuch
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sun Core Tet (Parable 99); A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling; Galaxy 1000; The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43); Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9); Parable of Inclusion; Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33); Minerals Bionic Stereo; Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else); Autumn Pleiades.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Dimensional Stardust

Read "Dimensional Stardust" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Rob Mazurek has made his Exploding Star Orchestra the centerpiece of his larger groups. In this formation, he finds ample room to channel his disparate influences such as Sun Ra and Bill Dixon, and the distinctions he's absorbed as a global citizen. On Dimensional Stardust Mazurek and a dozen collaborators present ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Braxton with Dave Brubeck and Chick Corea & Much More

Read "Braxton with Dave Brubeck and Chick Corea & Much More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're going everywhere this week. We offer you twenty-first century music from Joshua Redman, Michael Sarian, magnificent Vanessa Perica, Nicole Mitchell and Manu Katche. Roll up the rug for Benny Goodman's trio, Fletcher Henderson and Rex Stewart(with Johnny Hodges on soprano and Harry Carney on clarinet). Our Charlie Parker @ 100 celebration continues as we start ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Renewal of AACM: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts

Read "The Renewal of AACM: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 100 one-hour programs, the series Jazz at 100 told the story of recorded jazz. It established the foundations upon which the broadly diverse music of today is built. This is the first hour of the successor series which aims to give voice to the current jazz scene and appreciates its countless creators. In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

SXNE: For Human Beings

Read "For Human Beings" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Flutist Elsa Nilsson is a strong voice performing on an instrument that has historically received secondary status in jazz music. Often the second or third instrument for saxophonists such as Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd and Tia Fuller, it would seem even the most passionate fans of the genre have relegated the flute as such. Modern times ...


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