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Sharel Cassity

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

Fearless

Label: Relsha Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Whimsy; Fearless; North Street; Road to Dukhan; Surrender; Ballad for Roy; The Very Thought of You; Not a Samba; Last Minute.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2020

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Everyone knows how odd 2020 was. Nonetheless, artists around the globe put out some outstanding music as struggles to meet the new challenges continued. Creativity reigns supreme. There was a lot of music I didn't get to here, but here are some recordings that registered high marks. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan

Read "Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new releases from vocalist Aubrey Wilson, saxophonist Dean Tsur, pianists Jihee Heo and Jeni Sotchiver plus birthday shoutouts to Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Diana Krall, Cindy Blackman Santana, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Michelle Ann May, Cynthia Hilts and Kari van der Kloot, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

Read "Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases

Read "Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A bounty of new releases this week from saxophonist Claire Daly, harmonicist Hermine Deurloo, Thelonious Monk (newly discovered live performance), the Mike Melito Dino Losito Quartet, plus vocalists Simone Kopmajer, Sandra Marlowe and Sarah Moule, along with birthday shoutouts to Norma Winstone, Rebecca Kilgore, Lara Driscoll, Isabel Crespo, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane and more. Thanks for ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox

Read "Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week the show features new releases from pianists Marcin Wasilewski with Joe Lovano, Miki Yamanaka, saxophonists Sharel Cassity and Harry Allen with birthday shoutouts to guitarist Emily Remler (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung, Bobby Short, vocalists Wesla Whitfield, Nicolas Bearde, Catherine Russell, Giacomo Gates, saxophonist Vi Redd and more. Thanks for listening ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sharel Cassity: Fearless

Read "Fearless" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Offering her fifth album as leader, saxophonist Sharel Cassity unveils an aptly titled collection of originals and a couple of standards in an album of special significance and meaning in her life, as she confronted a personal health issue that threatened to silence her musical voice forever. This project is not only about producing a delicious ...

Take Five with G. Thomas Allen

Read "Take Five with  G. Thomas Allen" reviewed by G. Thomas Allen

Meet G. Thomas Allen Redefining the career possibilities of his rare vocal category, generally tied to classical music, he takes his play in the world of modern jazz. Paying homage to the post-bop era, he offers a collection of songs with the aesthetics of R&B, blues and Gospel roots. Bridging genres with an undeniable melodic blend ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Multi-Genre Singer/Songwriter G. Thomas Allen Takes Rank In The Modern Post-Bop/Jazz Space With His Self-Titled Debut Album. Drops July 3, 2020!

Multi-Genre Singer/Songwriter G. Thomas Allen Takes Rank In The Modern Post-Bop/Jazz Space With His Self-Titled Debut Album. Drops July 3, 2020!

Not too many male singers have a high C6, well at least not to be heard in public, but G. Thomas Allen's stratospheric range and pleasantly smooth tone is the next wave of sound in the modern jazz space. Native of Danville, VA, by way of jny: Chicago, where he is currently based and accessible to ...


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