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Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle comes out swinging on her second disc of big band jazz, Modern Antique. The bassist plucks some fat, rich chords, the pianist skitters over the keys, and McKelle herself confidently scats over the melody while the horn section eggs her on. The mood is playfully flirtatious, just this side of naughty. The entire combo is having so much fun " and so are you " that the tune is almost over before you realize it’s an ingenious re-arrangement of Steve Miller’s seventies classic, “Abracadabra.” That opening gambit sets the tone for everything that follows: The singer has created a stylistically ambitious follow-up to her debut while still managing to evoke and honor the forties big-band sound she explored on the remarkable Introducing Robin McKelle

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating New Holiday Releases and Connee Boswell's Birthday

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The broadcast features new holiday releases from vibraphonist Warren Wolf and vocalists Lauren Henderson, CeCe Gable, Avery Raquel and Leslie Odom, Jr., plus birthday shoutouts to Connee Boswell, Dave Brubeck (100!) saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Cassandra Wilson and pianist Amina Figarova among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Slide Hampton & Dinah Washington

Read "Slide Hampton & Dinah Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 673rd episode of Neon Jazz begins with the prolific pianist and composer Roger Kellaway. We talked to him about the COVID-19 lockdown as we have done with so many other musicians during 2020. Some other musicians interviewed or profiled during this hour of jazz is Scott Colley, Pete McGuiness and Robin McKelle. We pay our ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

To A New Day - a Lockdown Broadcast

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A special two hour remote broadcast of A Broad Spectrum -includes new releases from pianists Connie Han and Emie R. Roussel, guitarist Jocelyn Gould, vocalists Laila Biali, Thana Alexa, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and trumpetists Rachel Therrien and Jeremy Pelt , with a belated birthday shoutout to Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. Playlist Connie Han “Mr. ...

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the full lineup with a record number of shows for the 2020 nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held June 19 to 27 and present 335-plus shows including more than 100 free shows and 1750-plus artists performing in 21 diverse venues in downtown jny:Rochester, New ...

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I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

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This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

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I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa ...

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News: Festival

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series ...

Album

Soul Flower

Label: Sony Music
Released: 2013
Track listing: So It Goes; Tell You One Thing; Nothing's Really Changed; Fairytale Ending; Miss You Madly; Don't Give Up; Walk on By; To Love Somebody; Change; I'm Ready; Love's Work; I'm a Fool to Want You.

Album

Fairytale Ending

Label: Pirouet
Released: 2013


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