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The High Priestess - Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the "Eunice Waymon Fund", she could continue her general and musical education. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York. To support her family financially, she started working as an accompanist. In the summer of 1954 she took a job in an Irish bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bar owner told her she had to sing as well. Without having time to realize what was happening, Eunice Waymon, who was trained to become a classical pianist, stepped into show business

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea

Read "Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a survey of recordings from jazz festivals past and present: Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, Montreux Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Willisau in Switzerland, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Essen Jazz Festival in West Germany, Festival of Improvised Music in France, East-West Festival in Nuremberg Germany, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Ada Bird Wolfe: Odd Bird

Read "Odd Bird" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


There is a style of singing--midway between conversation and conventional vocal technique—which can only be called talk-singing, or something to that effect. It puts considerable weight on the meaning of the song, the words themselves, rather than the melody per se. Chances are, one could not hum such a tune if one wanted to. To some ...

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Article: Album Review

Celeste: Not Your Muse

Read "Not Your Muse" reviewed by Chris May


The mega-concert staged in front of London's Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee was not an obvious save-the-date event for British jazz fans or non-monarchists. It was, however, brilliantly staged, and worth watching for that reason alone. And as it turned out, it contained three-and-a-half minutes of transcendent song ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring

Read "New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The annual Fathers Day broadcast celebrates Jazz Fathers and their children, presents new releases from NYO Jazz, Subconscious Trio, Jo Harrop, Carole Nelson Trio, Melissa Errico and the Paxton/Spangler Septet, plus birthday shoutouts to Daryl Sherman, Brianna Thomas, Alicia Olatuja, Carol Robbins, Nancy King and Tamuz Nissim, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More

Read "High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet (featuring Elsa Nilsson, Tina Raymond, Dawn Clement and Emma Dayhuff , Randy Napoleon and As Is with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis Minnie, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, vocalists Dakota Staton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ian Shaw, and Amanda Eckery, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger: To Oblivion and Beyond

Read "Brian Auger: To Oblivion and Beyond" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Brian Auger is recognized as one of the most charismatic organists on the planet. For six decades he has stayed current through projects that were in sync with, and often ahead of, the times, thanks to a firm vision and well-chosen artistic partnerships. Through a career that has seen him play with the likes of Tony ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz "Twofers": Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More

Read "Jazz "Twofers":  Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


In the tradition of Classic Rock radio's “Twofer Tuesdays," this show features sets of two (or three) tracks by a single jazz artist displaying some of the variety of music they have played in their careers. Musicians featured on this program include Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Jazz Passengers and Bob Brookmeyer. Playlist Henry Threadgill ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic

Read "Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic" reviewed by David Brown


Today, a survey of piano approaches from James P. Johnson to Dorothy Donegan to Satoko Fujii and lots of folks in between. This is piano jazz.Playlist King Fleming Trio “Junction City Blues" from Stand By (Argo) 0:00:30 Randy Weston “Boram Xam Xam" from Khepera (Verve) 0:04:01 Earl “Fatha" Hines “Blues in Thirds" from The ...

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Article: Live Review

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Peter Jones


Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, UK April 27-May 2, 2022 A prosperous Eighteenth Century spa town in the Cotswolds, chic Cheltenham is famed for its annual festivals, which now cover everything from horse racing to science. Taking place over six days leading up to the early May bank holiday weekend, its jazz festival ...


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