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Nina Simone

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

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: ALBUM REVIEW

Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band: Hold On

Read "Hold On" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With a focus on Black American Music, as born and developed in fields, churches and social gatherings, Hold On relies heavily on the strength of roots. But these interpretations address branches as well, drawing from the toughness of solid earth while extending above and beyond. Vocalist Chanda Rule expresses and sees to that understanding between origins ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland.

ARTICLE: RADIO

To A New Day - a Lockdown Broadcast

Read "To A New Day - a Lockdown Broadcast" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A special two hour remote broadcast of A Broad Spectrum -includes new releases from pianists Connie Han and Emie R. Roussel, guitarist Jocelyn Gould, vocalists Laila Biali, Thana Alexa, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and trumpetists Rachel Therrien and Jeremy Pelt , with a belated birthday shoutout to Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. Playlist Connie Han “Mr. ...

Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Read "Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell" reviewed by Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Meet Hazel Mitchell-Bell Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.'s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and another album set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and music director, Vince ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may still be months away from developing vaccines to tame the threat that COVID19 poses to our bodies. But given the centrality of the mind-body connection for our physical well being, we should not forget that we continue to have music to support our minds during these challenging times. So I have reached ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings

Read "Fodder On My Wings" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Nina Simone found success from the beginning of her recording career in 1959. With the release of Nina Simone at Town Hall (Colpix), her third album that year, she became a fixture on the downtown New York club scene. Her life and career took a different turn not long afterward. Simone's activism in the Civil Rights ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Kandace Springs Yoshis Oakland Oakland CA February 19, 2020 Talented Blue Note Records singer-songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs graced the stage at Yoshi's in jny: Oakland for a pleasantly packed house engagement. Springs presented tracks from her debut album Soul Eyes (Blue Note Records, 2016) and from Indigo (Blue Note Records, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

Read "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...


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