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“Miss Rhythm” Years before Aretha Franklin was crowned Queen of Soul, Ruth Brown reigned as the Original Queen of R&B. She achieved a distinct style, sassy and streetwise, which made her one of the more influential singers of her era. Ms. Brown sustained a career for six decades: first as a bright, bluesy singer who was called “the girl with a tear in her voice” and then, after some lean years, as the embodiment of an earthy, indomitable black woman. She had a life of hard work, hard luck, determination, audacity and style. Sometimes it was said that R&B stood as much for Ruth Brown as it did for rhythm and blues. Ruth Brown was born Ruth Weston in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 12, 1928

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Blue Note 50th anniversaries from June 1970, just two though: Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin') and Lou Donaldson (Pretty Things). There was also a Reuben Wilson session, but it was never released, and only the 'vault gods' know if it was any good. But you know there's more (don't you?). 21st century music from the Posi-Tone ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Autumn's Embrace and September Song

Read "Autumn's Embrace and September Song" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Fall to all! This equinox broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Claudette King, vocalists Tish Oney, Kelley Johnson, Carolyn Fitzhugh and Chiara Izzi, pianist Sumitra and saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School, with birthday shout outs to saxophonist Vi Redd (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Bobby Short, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung and Champian Fulton, guitarist Emily ...

Take Five with Maria Muldaur

Read "Take Five with Maria Muldaur" reviewed by Maria Muldaur

About Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight At The Oasis," though she has toured extensively worldwide for over four decades, and has released 41 albums covering all stripes of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, as well as several award-winning children's albums. Often joining forces with other ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

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Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

Read "Marina Crouse At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Marina Crouse The Sound Room First Time Out Oakland, CA January 30, 2016 Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am

Read "Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman likes using the term consummate to describe musicians and colleagues that he's played with. While it would be difficult to speak to every notable musician that Sherman's played for and ask about their opinion about Juilliard graduate and professor, it is safe to assume that they would also describe Sherman as a consummate ...


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