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Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s,died on Dec. 3, 2008, She was 77. She was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for a checkup in mid-November but went into kidney failure. She died there Tuesday of heart disease, her manager, Doug Yeager, told the Associated Press. With a repertoire that included 19th century slave songs and spirituals as well as the topical ballads of such 20th century folk icons as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Odetta became one of the most beloved figures in folk music

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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 ...

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Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

Read "Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...

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Article: Interview

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

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Article: Live Review

Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Madeleine Peyroux Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California October 27, 2015 Madeleine Peyroux flew into the comfortable confines of Yoshi's Oakland for a two-day mid week stand. On this Tuesday evening, she featured hit songs from her first anthology album Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux ...

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Article: Album Review

Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends IV

Read "Christmas With My Friends IV" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Christmas is a time for tradition--turkey, mistletoe, reindeer, plum pudding. Since 2006 another fine tradition has been insinuating itself into the Christmases of jazz lovers--the Nils Landgren Christmas With My Friends album. The Swedish trombonist, singer and bandleader is now on volume IV. Packaged in bright, shiny, green and silver, it's a mix of old and ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Suzanne Cloud & Trio @ Phila. Center City Jazz Vespers Sunday May 20th!

Suzanne Cloud & Trio @ Phila. Center City Jazz Vespers Sunday May 20th!

Appearing at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, May 20th for their monthly jazz vespers will be singer Suzanne Cloud and her trio, featuring pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Steve Beskrone, and drummer Jim Miller. 5:00 PM, admission is free. Reception follows. Parking next to church is $7.00. For ...

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011" reviewed by Matt Marshall


32nd Annual Detroit Jazz FestivalDetroit, MISeptember 2-5, 2011 In its 32nd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival decided to drop “International" from its name, only to turn around and proclaim “We Bring You the World." An interesting distinction, but the festival's scope was covered, nonetheless. The celebration brought to Detroit not only artists and ...

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Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 5-8

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 5-8" reviewed by Martin Longley


Days 1-4 | Days 5-8 Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 14-17, 2011 The festival's second chunk customarily embraced music that was sympathetic to jazz, but moved into the territories of roots, rock, pop, soul, electronica, R&B and African music. All of these forms ...


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