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Sharel Cassity

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Saxophonist, Woodwindist, Composer & Educator Sharel Cassity (pron. Shah-Relle) is a musician on the New York, Chicago, and international jazz scenes. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 11 consecutive years, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, earned her MA from The Juilliard School under full scholarship, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cassity has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; as well as mainstream artists Aretha Franklin, Natalie Merchant, Vanessa Williams & Trisha Yearwood

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Precarious Towers

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Precarious Towers; McCoy; December; Angel Eyes; Never Pet A Burning Dog; Pandemica I: Quiet Out There; Pandemica II: Unreliable Narrator; Pandemica III: Defeat and Imprison The Conman Strongman; Try To Remember; Saturday Night Meat Raffle.

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Article: Album Review

Johannes Wallmann: Precarious Towers

Read "Precarious Towers" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Johannes Wallman set himself up with a hard act to follow when he released 2021's Elegy For an Undiscovered Species (Shifting Paradigm) an ambitious set of the leader's distinctive compositions played by an all-star quintet and string orchestra. It is a jazz with strings that leans to a spirited jazz side—cerebral and approachable at the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway

Read "Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents songs of the heart for Valentines Day, new releases from vocalists Eugenie Jones and Hinda Hoffman plus birthday shoutouts to Carole King (80 years young) and Blanche Calloway, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can continue ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Like You Best Of All - A Look Back To Notable 2021 Recordings, Part One

Read "I Like You Best Of All - A Look Back To Notable 2021 Recordings, Part One" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! This first broadcast of 2022 presents a final holiday recording from drummer Jeff Hamilton with new releases from The Count Basie Orchestra, Vijay Iyer, Adonis Rose & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra featuring Cyrille Aimee plus a look back at some of the notable 2021 albums made despite the disruption of the pandemic ...

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Give It All You Got

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Sliver Of Silver; The Next Level; Parker's Fancy; Word To The Wise; Dave's Boogie-Down; Ritmo De Brevard; Lake Toxaway Getaway; Zanderfied; Climb The Mountain; Transylvania County Funk Parade

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Article: Live Review

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4

Read "The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the fourth of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields

Read "Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins with several Dorothy Fields standards to celebrate her birthday. Although the daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields who coined the phrase “That was no lady—that was my wife," he did not approve of her vocation, saying “Ladies do not write lyrics." She retorted “I'm no lady—I'm your daughter!" The rest is herstory. Also ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney

Read "New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, new group Altoizm (Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim), flutist Ragan Whiteside and vocalists Queen Esther, Ann Hampton Callaway with birthday shoutouts to songwriter Joan Whitney (Candy, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickiens), trumpeter Carol Morgan, vocalists Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Give It All You Got

Read "Give It All You Got" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell once discussed his views on playing music by making a point that, “you are unique, be yourself, put out that thing that is you, then use your work ethic and produce great music." Trombonist Michael Dease embodies the spirit of Burrell's statement. Dease is a dedicated musician who is rapidly making a ...


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