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Rebecca Martin

In the beginning, bards went from village to village, bringing folks the news of the day with their ballads. The oldest Anglo-Saxon term for this singer of words was "scop," which means "shaper." In other words, it was up to the balladeer to "shape the world" for those who cared to listen. Not all of those Medieval songs were about battles, about castles lost and kings dying. There were also songs that spoke of love and hope, of life and death, of joy and despair. In a harsh world, "Carpe diem" or "Seize the day," became a favorite motif. Listening to the words of the traveling bard, any common villager, any man or woman or child would soon realize that they were not alone with their feelings, that others had the same thoughts hidden in their hearts and minds. That's how it started, with music as a public service

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Drummond, Sonica, Plus Birthday Celebrations For Carolyn Leigh, Iola Brubeck, Trudy Pitts, Mary Stallings & More

Read "New Releases from Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Drummond, Sonica, Plus Birthday Celebrations For Carolyn Leigh, Iola Brubeck, Trudy Pitts,  Mary Stallings & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Drummond & Freedom of Ideas, plus singles from Carol Albert and new group Sonica (Thana Alexa, Nicole Zuraitis & Julia Adamy), with birthday shoutouts to lyricists Carolyn Leigh, Iola Brubeck, organist Trudy Pitts, vocalist Mary Stallings and trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Manel Fortia Despertar Segell Microscopi 2022 Beginning softly and politely, as befits its title definition (trans. “fall asleep"), “Dormir" is the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Marta Sanchez, Myra Melford, Julieta Eugenio and More

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This broadcast presents new releases from flutist Ragan Whiteside, the Yu Nishiyama Big Band, saxophonist Julieta Eugenio, vocalist Bidi Dworkin, pianist Marta Sanchez, and Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quartet with birthday shoutouts to KJ Denhert, Jackie Cain, Tania Maria, Carmen Souza, Brittany Anjou, Yoko Miwa and Jennifer Wharton, among others. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley

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This broadcast presents new releases from Marco Pignataro's Dream Alliance, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, vocalists Nancy Kelly and Rosemary Loar, with birthday shoutouts to Carla Bley, Betty Carter, Virginia Mayhew and Nadje Noordhuis, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother

Read "Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by several notable jazz mothers and their children, plus new releases from pianists Yelena Eckemoff, Ariane Racicot, Alberto Pibiri and Jeremy Siskind, vocalists CeCe Gable and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Lou Williams (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). Thanks for listening and please support ...

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Celebrating Jazz Foremothers Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn

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This broadcast celebrates the first of May with new releases from the San Gabriel 7 featuring Sinne Eeg, Rebecca Martin, Sven Anderson and Jackie Messina, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Article: Six Picks

March 2022

Read "March 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Jun MiyakeWhispered Garden Enja Records / Yellowbird Records 2022 Leaving the hazy Lost Memory Theatre (Enja, 2013, 2015, 2018) behind and moving on to the equally shrouded Whispered Garden, Paris-based trumpeter, composer and sound-architect Jun Miyake introduces us to a musical magnum-creation, his newest, that seems to encompass everything from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane

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This broadcast presents new releases from Willie Nelson, who continues his homage to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Alpern and pianist Rachel Eckroth with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane in the second hour, along with guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalists Anita Wardell, Rosana Eckert, Vicki Burns and more. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart

Read "Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final August broadcast included new releases from saxophonists Houston Person and Roxy Coss, pianist Eliane Elias, and The Time Flies featuring Monika Herzig, with birthday shout outs to Dorothy Parker, Carolyn Leigh (pictured), Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter, Mimi Fox and Linda May Han Oh, among others. Also a preview of who was playing in NYC ...


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