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In the 1940s, when most women singers adorned big bands as stage attractions rather than legitimate members of jazz ensembles, Sarah Vaughan, along with her predecessor Ella Fitzgerald, helped elevate the vocalist's role as equal to that of the jazz instrumentalist. A woman known for her many vicissitudes, Vaughan's outspoken personality and artistic eloquence brought her the names "Sassy" and "The Divine One.” A talented pianist, she joined the ranks of the 1940s bebop movement and became, as a member of the Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine bands, one of its most celebrated vocalists. Her dynamic vocal range, sophisticated harmonic sense, and horn-like phrasing brought Vaughan million-selling numbers and a stage and recording career that spanned half a decade. Sarah Lois Vaughan was born the daughter of Asbury and Ada Vaughan on March 27, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey

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Article: Interview

Ramsey Lewis: Life is Good

Read "Ramsey Lewis: Life is Good" reviewed by Jacob Blickenstaff


This interview was first published at All About Jazz on November 11, 2012. Some jazz aficionados might characterize pianist Ramsey Lewis' music as a gateway into more serious jazz, as if popular Lewis albums like The In Crowd (Verve, 1965) were meant to lead novice listeners to saxophonist Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra: The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Read "The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra, co-led by pianist/composer Steven Feifke and trumpeter par excellence Bijon Watson, is a seventeen-member ensemble comprising seasoned players paired with young lions who are poised to capture pride of place. Nowhere do the leaders say who is in which group, and it would be impolitic to name them here. Suffice to ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap's Stardust

Read "Bill Charlap's Stardust" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 2002. As was evident in his first trio releases for Criss Cross, pianist Bill Charlap is genuinely interested in beauty. In his hands, even the most overt swingers seem to find melody expressed as a prime ingredient, with a lithe ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Daniela Soledade, Julia Hulsmann, SaltmanKnowles With A Birthday Nod To Composer Bernice Petkere

Read "New Releases By Daniela Soledade, Julia Hulsmann, SaltmanKnowles With A Birthday Nod To Composer Bernice Petkere" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Daniela Soledade, Mark Saltman & William Knowles, Evening Sky and the Julia Hulsmann Quartet, with birthday shoutouts to composer Bernice Petkere (Lullaby of the Leaves, Close Your Eyes), Roberta Donnay, Kat Gang, Roberta Piket, Cyrille Aimee and Noa Fort among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25 and 26, 2022 From the opening strains of the Dan Wilson Trio's first song, late Saturday morning at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, there was a vibe set. The music was bliss. Not just because of its quality (though ...

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Article: Interview

Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker

Read "Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker" reviewed by Scott Gudell


The dynamic big bands of the 1920s-1940s were led by charismatic and confident kings of swing including Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and Gene Krupa. Smooth and sophisticated dance sounds could easily cross pollinate with other styles including the syncopated rhythms bubbling up from the streets of Harlem such as 'Swing Street.' Beyond a lineup ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Sylvia Brooks

Read "Take Five With Sylvia Brooks" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The content of this article has been updated since its 2009 publish date. Meet Sylvia Brooks: Since the release of her captivating debut, 2009's Dangerous Liaisons, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks has displayed a gift for inhabiting different personas, with a subspecialty in film-noir inspired femmes fatale. On her fourth album, Signature, she embraces the ...

News: Video / DVD

One of the Best Sassy Videos Ever

One of the Best Sassy Videos Ever

Last week, Nelson Porto in Brazil sent along a link to a Sarah Vaughan video that I hadn't seen before. To me, it's by far one of the finest live videos of Sassy on stage in the second half of her career. It's a duet with Wilson Simonal, who is little known outside of Brazil but ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz

Read "Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella


This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in November 2000. Born and raised in jny: London, Brian Auger came up through those crazy years in music. The 1960s were all about change. Things were being done in jazz that hadn't been considered earlier. Lifestyles and values were changing too, and that was affecting ...


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