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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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New Releases By Alliance, Judith Owen, Noel Preminger and Rob Garcia Present the Hildegard Project, Celebrating Shirley Horn & More

Read "New Releases By Alliance, Judith Owen, Noel Preminger and Rob Garcia Present the Hildegard Project, Celebrating Shirley Horn & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Jazz At The Ballroom, Alliance, Judith Owen and Kari van der Kloot plus Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia explore the music of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th Century abbess and mystic, with birthday shoutouts to Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, Andrea Brachfeld, Rebecca Martin, Tawanda and Liz Terrell, among others. Thanks ...

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Guillermo Klein Quinteto: Telmo's Tune

Read "Telmo's Tune" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sono passati tre decenni da quando l'argentino Guillermo Klein debuttò a New York col magistrale El Minotauro (Candid) evidenziando quelle doti di fantasioso orchestratore e bandleader che abbiamo apprezzato nei vari dischi incisi col suo ensemble Los Guachos e con la Swiss Jazz Orchestra. Negli anni l'abbiamo visto esibirsi anche con organici ridotti, dal ...

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New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from the JOI (Jazz Outreach Initiative) Jazz Orchestra, Luis Russell and Grace Garland, plus birthday shoutouts to Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey, Rebecca Martin, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they ...

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Carol Morgan, Matt Wilson and More

Read "Carol Morgan, Matt Wilson and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This particular episode has vocalists, classic bebop, and a familiar track from the freeform fays of '70s FM radio. Musicians heard on the show include Carol Morgan, Matt Wilson, Deanna Witkowski, Bud Powell, and David Sanchez. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

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

Read "New Releases from Marta Sanchez, Myra Melford, Julieta Eugenio and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


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

Read "Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


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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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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