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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

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt

Read "Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The 687th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with vibes star Joel Ross off his latest 2020 CD Who Are You? We spend a good portion of this hour looking into a wealth of music released in 2020 from artists including Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Linda Purl, Joanna Berkebile and Alex Koo. Enjoy the jazz. Playlist Joel ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases, New Faces and More Jazz Capricorns to Celebrate

Read "New Releases, New Faces and More Jazz Capricorns to Celebrate" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast features new releases from vocalists Marya Lawrence, Janis Mann & Kenny Werner, pianist Chris Pattishall with a new look at Mary Lou Williams's Zodiac Suite and the group New Faces featuring Brandon Lee, Markus Howell Nicole Glover, Caili O'Doherty, Adi Meyerson and Cory Cox plus more birthday shoutouts to jazz Capricorns Myra Melford, Anat ...

Fodder On My Wings

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive; Fodder in Her Wings; Vous Etes Seuls, Mais Je Desire Etre Avec Vous; Il y a un Baume a Gilead; Liberian Calypso; Alone Again Naturally; I Was Just a Stupid Dog to Them; Color Is a Beautiful Thing; Le Peuple en Suisse; Heaven Belongs to You; Thandewye; Stop; They Took My Hand.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yilian Cañizares: lo Yin e lo Yang

Read "Yilian Cañizares: lo Yin e lo Yang" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

Nata a L'Havana, naturalizzata svizzera, Yilian Cañizares è tra le più interessanti e promettenti artiste del jazz internazionale. Vincitrice alla Montreux Jazz Festival Competition nel 2008, ha pubblicato a suo nome, Ochumare nel 2013, Invocación nel 2015, e Águas, prodotto in collaborazione con Omar Sosa nel 2018. L'ultimo progetto della cantante, compositrice e violinista, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Rebel Festival

Read "The Rebel Festival" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On the morning of July 4, 1960, there were more than a few signs of the mayhem that had taken place the night before in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport's Millionaires Row woke up to broken store windows, overturned vehicles, and storm drains clogged with garbage and beer bottles. One-hundred-eighty-two people, mostly young, New England college students ...

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter

Read "Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz has been inextricably linked with social and political protest since at least the late 1930s, when Billie Holiday made famous the leftist songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol's “Strange Fruit." The song, which has a power to move that is undiminished by familiarity, likens the bodies of lynched African Americans to fruit hanging in trees.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support--sometimes force--over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath

Read "Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath Edited by Daniel Fischlin & Eric Porter 352 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4780-0814-9 Duke University Press 2020 Musical improvisation is often described as a conversation. A universal language. Musicians trading back and forth seem to be having a blast, which, on occasion, for ...


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