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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. She changed her name into Nina ("little one") Simone ("from the French actress Simone Signoret").


You've Got To Learn

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: You’ve Got To Learn; I Loves You Porgy; Introduction To Blues For Mama; Blues For Mama; Be My Husband; Mississippi Goddam; Music For Lovers.


Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gard Nilssen, Damon Locks, Alberto Dipace & HIIT

Read "Gard Nilssen, Damon Locks, Alberto Dipace & HIIT" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen has packed his Supersonic Orchestra with 17 of the top players from Scandinavia and Northern Europe and the result has been acclaimed. If you missed the band's debut “If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours," you can hear a track from Nilssen and the ensemble's latest Family. After sitting on a ...


Article: Profile

Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Read "Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

In jazz, as in life, the most interesting path between two points is rarely a straight line. Consider the acclaimed jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater For much of the 1990s, Bridgewater engaged in what was arguably the decade's most dynamic, comprehensive and witty exploration of the idea of the human voice as an instrument. Along the ...


Article: Album Review

Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Socially conscious black troubadours such as William Warfield, Harry Belafonte, Odetta and many others were challenging the U.S. government's questionable policies on numerous things including war, civil rights, equality and more, by the mid-20th century. R&B soul master Marvin Gaye would follow in the early 1970s and pointedly ask “What's Going On" while the Temptations were ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dave Meder's New American Hymnal Plus Other New Releases

Read "Dave Meder's New American Hymnal Plus Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we featured a selection of new and recent releases from Dave Meder, Michael Blicher with Dan Hemmer & Steve Gadd, Ab Baars plus Ig Henneman with Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey, Leo Genovese with Demian Cabaud and Marcos Cavaleiro, Linda May Han Oh, Susan Alcorn with José Lencastre and Hernâni Faustino, Christian Dillingham, ...


Article: Album Review

Rhiannon Giddens: You're The One

Read "You're The One" reviewed by Katharine (Katchie) Cartwright

Rhiannon Giddens has a voracious musical appetite and a big talent that uses everything to fuel her many creative activities. With a MacArthur, a Pulitzer, and multiple Grammys on her shelf, this has not gone unnoticed. In a body of work that includes musicological projects along with different types of art, You're The One focuses on ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II

Read "An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II" reviewed by David Brown

For this week's show, we again visit Europe with a variety of American artists performing and recording in France, living in France and collaborating with French artists. We'll also check out a few recent French Jazz releases all along the way. Etes-vous prêt?PlaylistThelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:50 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nina Simone In Concert, New Midsummer Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Jazz Masters Annie Ross, Joanne Brackeen & More

Read "Nina Simone In Concert, New Midsummer Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Jazz Masters Annie Ross, Joanne Brackeen & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Nina Simone, Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp, Nite Bjuti (a new collaboration featuring Candice Hoyes, Mimi Jones, Val Jeanty), the The Hot Toddies Jazz Band, Chuck Owen & WDR Big Band, Paula Maya, Francesca Bertazzo Hart, with a new single from Aline Homzy, plus birthday shoutouts to Annie Ross, Lisa ...


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