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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. She was said to have influenced the emergence of artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman. "The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta," Dylan once said

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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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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: June 25-26, 2011

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: June 25-26, 2011" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz FestivalSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NYJune 25-26, 2011This year's Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, the 34th edition of the upstate New York event, featured a great touch when famed jazz impresario George Wein was awarded a star on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Walk of Fame. Wein created the ...

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News: Obituary

Remembering Odetta, Who Sang of Freedom

Remembering Odetta, Who Sang of Freedom

The poet Maya Angelou sat perched on a tall stool along with Pete Seeger in Riverside Church in Manhattan on Tuesday night, both mimicking and remembering the folk singer Odetta, her longtime friend, who died on Dec. 2 at 77. “We were both tall black ladies with attitude, and most people were really scared of us,” ...

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News: Obituary

Odetta: Soul Stirrer

Odetta: Soul Stirrer

Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music. Odetta's stage presence was regal enough: planted onstage like an oak tree no one would dare cut down, wearing a guitar high on her chest, she could envelop Carnegie Hall with her powerful contralto as other ...


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