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Russell Malone

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Russell Malone's first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Malone developed an interest in blues and country music after seeing musicians on television like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Son Seals, and B.B. King. Then, at age 12, he saw George Benson perform with Benny Goodman on Soundstage. Malone has said, "I knew right then and there that I wanted to play this music." A self-taught player, Malone progressed well enough to land a gig with master organist Jimmy Smith when he was 25

Article: Radio

New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More

Read "New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Judy Wexler, Angela Wrigley and Tanya Dennis, with birthday shoutouts to honorable men Dave Grusin and Kenny Barron, as well as harpist Brandee Younger and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Aubrey Johnson, Allison Adams Tucker, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music. ...

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Skaff: Polaris

Read "Polaris" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The pandemic year of 2020 brought with it very little in terms of artistic endeavors, thanks to lockdowns and stay home orders. Yet even under extreme conditions, guitarist Greg Skaff managed to commit to tape some genuinely sublime music that is sure to be remembered as one of 2021'a most memorable releases. Of course, Skaff has ...

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Article: Radio

[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


There was so much great music recorded live at the Jazz Standard, that we could not possibly squeeze it all in our weekly radio show, so here's a bonus mixtape with another couple of hours of great memories from the celebrated venue, as part of our commemoration series. [Check out Part 1 and Part 2]

Album

Trying Times

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Tryin' Times (05:15) 2. Still Trying (03:50) 3. On A Clear Day (04:14) 4. Ugly Beauty (Still We Dream) (04:16) 5. 500 Miles High (05:37) 6. Thou Swell (03:44) 7. Lazy Afternoon (03:38) 8. Joy (06:14) 9. Unity (06:38) 10. Still We Try (Spoken Word Tone Poem) (04:13)

Album

Love Letter

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ballad From Upper Neighbor’s Suite; Left Alone; Inside Your Heart; Fashion Or Passion; Con Alma; Don’t Misunderstand; La Mesha; Don’t Explain.

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Russell Malone

Jazz Musician of the Day: Russell Malone

All About Jazz is celebrating Russell Malone's birthday today! Russell Malone's first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, ...

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Greta Matassa

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Greta Matassa" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


Often nicknamed “Little Bird," Jimmy Heath began on the alto saxophone acquiring this informal title by dedicating his studies to Charlie Parker and his wee stature. Although not a familiar name to many outside of the devoted jazz community, Heath would go on to pursue a remarkable 76-year career sadly passing away in January, 2020. A ...


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