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Rufus Wainwright

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Rufus Wainwright is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, was born into a family of musical pedigree: his mother is Kate McGarrigle and his father is Loudon Wainwright III. His sister, Martha Wainwright is also a musician, as is his half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche and his aunt, Sloan Wainwright. Rufus was born in New York but moved to Canada when his parents divorced. He was aged three at that time. He attended Millbrook School as well as studying piano at Concordia and Mc Gill Universities. As a child, Rufus Wainwright would play piano in 'The McGarrigle Sisters and Family' band, mainly playing folk music

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Rachel Eckroth: The Garden

Read "The Garden" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


One of the Phoenix's brightest lights, pianist-composer-vocalist Rachel Eckroth, who has ably added depth to the music of such polar opposites as Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright, and St. Vincent, leaves no stone unturned in The Garden, her darkly convincing, Rainy Day Records debut. It is immediately apparent that Eckroth hears things unlike the rest ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue

Read "New Releases and A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast presents new releases from Frankie Valli, saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith, vocalist Noa Fort, guitarist Paul Silbergleit and trumpeter Colin Steele, with birthday shoutouts to Rhoda Scott, Melissa Walker and Tierney Sutton. In the second hour—a special jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's iconic album Blue. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2

Read "Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This is the second part of our exploration of Michael Brecker's and Steven Bernstein's work as first-call musicians in the world of high-end pop productions. Their capacity to adapt to the demands of these productions while remaining true to their jazz roots has offered millions of listeners that might have looked at jazz with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross

Read "Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, a special tribute to Jazz Master Annie Ross (who sadly passed days before her 90th birthday), plus new releases from Mark Masters, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (a 1959 never released studio recording!), Jimmy Heath, Eva Cortés and Bettye Lavette, with birthday shoutouts to Margaret Whiting, Joanne Brackeen, Lisa Maxwell, Rufus ...

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Why Should There Be Stars

Read "Why Should There Be Stars" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Besides a cursory review of some of the preliminary Grammy ballot submissions, this broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Wallace Roney, vocalists Lili Anel, Lynn Cardona and Heather Bambrick, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianists Hiromi, Lauren Lee and Brenda Earle Stokes, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Ann Richards (pictured) Lauren White, Melissa Stylianou plus pianists Abelita ...

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Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

Read "Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection ...

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The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

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Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording

Read "Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final Sunday of Womens History Month includes new releases from Bob Dorough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patricia Barber plus a first listen to Betty Carter's first posthumous recording of a live 1992 concert in the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with birthday shout outs to legendary vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and Pearl ...

Article: My Playlist

Federica Michisanti

Read "Federica Michisanti" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Dave King Trio, I've Been Ringing You (Sunnyside, 2012). Ho visto questo trio dal vivo a Roma un anno e mezzo fa ed ho acquistato il loro disco. King è un musicista eccezionale e mi piace il suo interplay con Bill Carrothers e Billy Peterson. 2. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Plays Debussy ...


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