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When Norah Jones released her debut disc, Come Away With Me, on Blue Note Records in February 2002, the then 22-year-old singer had no idea the album would be a best-seller. In fact, she kept her expectations low. “I like having low expectations, ‘cause then if something turns out well, you’re always surprised in a good way,” says Jones at Sear Studios in New York while doing the final mixes on her new album. As it turns out, Jones enjoyed an abundance of surprises. A runaway hit, Come Away With Me became a multi-Grammy winner, multi-platinum seller and opened the door for her to perform around the world with her band

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New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney

Read "New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, new group Altoizm (Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim), flutist Ragan Whiteside and vocalists Queen Esther, Ann Hampton Callaway with birthday shoutouts to songwriter Joan Whitney (Candy, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickiens), trumpeter Carol Morgan, vocalists Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. Thanks for listening ...

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I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More

Read "I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates a new collaboration from Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny plus releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson, pianist Jill McCarron and violinist Tomoko Omura, with birthday shoutouts to composer Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache, This Will Make You Laugh), Hazel Scott, Geri Allen, Jenny Scheinman, Lili Anel, Jocelyn Gould, and Monika Herzig, among others. Thanks ...

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Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Richard X Bennett: RXB3

Read "RXB3" reviewed by Chris May


Brooklyn-based pianist Richard X Bennett is kind of the love child of Ramsey Lewis and Norah Jones with a head stuffed full of mescaline. He has Lewis' two-fisted poppy funkiness down and Jones' gift for a melodic hook, too. The combination is enriched, one speculates, by extensive first-hand knowledge of hallucinogens. Bennett, who is by his ...

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New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Ellington Today - Always Hip

Read "Ellington Today - Always Hip" reviewed by Russell Perry


Every year dozens of top-flight musicians cover tunes from the biggest book in jazz--the Duke Ellington Songbook--with some 1,100 entries. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we'll listen to a few of the diverse responses to this body of work ranging from pianists Frank Kimbrough, Ahmad Jamal, Fred Hersch and Norah Jones to guitarists ...

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Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

Read "Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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More Holiday Releases, Grammy Nominations and a Peek into 2021

Read "More Holiday Releases, Grammy Nominations and a Peek into 2021" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features more nods to Grammy nominees as well as new holiday releases from the 3D Jazz Trio, vocalists Amber Weekes, Jonathan Karrant, Carla Hassett and bassist Brian Bromberg, with other new recordings by Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Laura Fernandez, Tom Keenlyside plus a single from Yoko Miwa's upcoming 2021 release. Thanks for listening ...

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What, and Give Up Showbiz?

Read "What, and Give Up Showbiz?" reviewed by Doug Hall


What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his upcoming biography (December, 2020), What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred ...


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