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Nnenna Freelon

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Six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a compelling and captivating live performer. Recently, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles - no stranger to the music of the master singer - she toured with Ray Charles, as well as many other great jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Take 6, and others. ​ Accolades and awards have abounded - performances at The White House, headlining the Asia Pacific Economic Summit for three hundred Presidents, Premiers and Heads of State, receiving the YWCA of North Carolina’s inaugural “Legend Award” for her outstanding artistry and her dedication to education, and so much more. ​ Educating young people, both musicians and non-musicians, and students of all ages has propelled her advocacy - Nnenna toured the United States as the National Spokesperson for Partners in Education

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Article: Album Review

Sidney Jacobs: If I Were Your Woman

Read "If I Were Your Woman" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Take a deep breath. Whether or not Sidney Jacobs came up with the somewhat offbeat title of this album (originally the property of Gladys Knight and the Pips) is irrelevant. What would matter is that there is a clear line of sonic and stylistic descent from Al Jarreau to Jacobs. Fans of Jarreau's style are going ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Jesse Garland, Marilyn Scott and trombonist Michael Dease, with birthday shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, as well as vocalists Carla Hassett, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Tara Davidson, and Kate Bush among others. Congratulations to new NEA Jazz Master Regina Carter . Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Interview

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases With Birthday Shoutouts to Doris Day, Pearl Bailey, Alberta Hunter and More

Read "New Releases With Birthday Shoutouts to Doris Day, Pearl Bailey, Alberta Hunter and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Dan Perantoni, Idit Shner and the Jim Self/John Chiodini Duo with birthday shoutouts to Doris Day (100!), Pearl Bailey, Amina Claudine Myers, Alberta Hunter, Rachel Therrien, Tessa Souter, Meredith d'Ambrosio and Norah Jones, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during ...

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Article: Year in Review

Popular Jazz Songs: 2021

Read "Popular Jazz Songs: 2021" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2021. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Say It Again From: From Now On By Leon Brenko Menart I ...

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Time Traveler

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Say a Little Prayer; Marvin Medley; Just You; Betcha By Golly Wow; Time in a Bottle; You Make Me Feel Brand New; Moon River; Time After Time; Come Rain or Come Shine; Time Traveler; Time Traveler (Reprise).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Holiday Music, Grammy Nominations And More

Read "New Releases, Holiday Music, Grammy Nominations And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Los Asesinos, Eliane Elias, Gretchen Parlato, Ledisi, plus a single from Amy Engelhardt, with birthday shoutouts in the second hour to Melissa Aldana, Jazz Master Cassandra Wilson and more. As the Grammy nominations are out, the show's focus is where women placed this year in the Latin jazz, composition, contemporary ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Nadje Noordhuis, Lisa Hilton, Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould, säje And More

Read "New Releases By Nadje Noordhuis, Lisa Hilton, Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould, säje And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a bounty harvest of new releases from trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, pianist Lisa Hilton, vocalists Staci Griesbach, Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould plus a single by säje (Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick, Erin Bentlage) with Gerald Clayton, with birthday shoutouts to Lovie Austin (Downhearted Blues), Doris Tauber (Them There Eyes), Emily Remler, Helen ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos

Read "New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents midsummer releases from pianist Bobby West and vocalist Carmela Rappazzo, plus a single of a new collaboration from vocalists Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould, with birthday shoutouts to a pride of Jazz Leos: Nnenna Freelon, composer Pamela Baskin-Watson, pianists Joanne Brackeen and Shamie Royston, vocalists Camille Bertault, Fay Victor and Luba Mason, among ...


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