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Shirley Horn remembered playing her grandmother's piano when she was four years old. Uninterested in playing with the neighborhood children, Horn enjoyed nothing more than to play that piano, and would close herself off in her grandmother's parlor, which was kept for guests and was chillier than the rest of the house. After several years of this, her mother, who admired classical music, enrolled the girl in piano lessons. Shirley was surrounded by music in her family, and admitted that the majority of the songs in her repertoire are those she heard while she was growing up, in Washington D.C. She played with a choir, at Sunday school, and won a talent contest and 13-week radio engagement at age 13

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Article: Album Review

Sue Maskaleris: Love is the Key

Read "Love is the Key" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Jazz composer Sue Maskaleris has quite the arsenal of skills in her toolbox. A pianist, vocalist, and crack lyricist, she bestows wry wit in her approach to writing that harkens to Dave Frishberg. Maskaleris is a product of the rich hummus of New York schools. She studied arranging with Don Sebesky and composition at Manhattan School ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases From Lisa Hilton, Foster Joseph and Francesca Remigi With Celebrations for Carole King, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More

Read "New Releases From Lisa Hilton, Foster Joseph and Francesca Remigi With Celebrations for Carole King, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast begins the February fundraiser for the station and includes new releases from pianist Lisa Hilton, vocalist Foster Joseph and drummer Francesca Remigi with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Carole King (nominated a second time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Bettye LaVette and Melody Gardot, among others.

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Article: Interview

Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh" reviewed by Wayne Zade


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2002. Frank Kimbrough is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists in jazz on the New York and national scenes. He has been the pianist in the Maria Schneider jazz orchestra and has recorded seven albums under his own ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

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Article: Live Review

Sarah McKenzie al Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020

Read "Sarah McKenzie al Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Sarah McKenzie Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020 Teatro Socjale Piangipane (Ravenna) 2.9.2020 Riprende dal suggestivo Teatro Socjale di Piangipane nella periferia ravennate il tour mondiale della compositrice, cantante e pianista di origini australiane Sarah McKenzie, interrotto a marzo scorso a causa della pandemia globale dopo una serie di concerti ...

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Article: Radio

Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More

Read "Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


A show for you? Of course. We start with twenty-first century music from pianist Andy Adamson, trumpeter Farnell Newton, saxophonist Troy Roberts, and guitarist Jocelyn Gould. Not enough guitar? Well, Joe Pass plays Django Reinhardt, and then Django plays bebop from his last recording session before his death--quite a revelation if the only Django you've heard ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Murphy, Folk Artist: Hiding Place

Read "Hiding Place" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Murphy's 2018 release Pocketful of Rainbows (Self Produced, 2018) was a surprise stand-out recording that year. Now, this Mark Murphy is not that Mark Murphy (1932 -2015), icon of jazz vocals. This Mark Murphy is a singer/songwriter whose 2016 release, Slip Away (Mini Movie) scored points for one of Downbeat Magazine's recordings of that year. ...

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Article: Radio

Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...

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Article: Album Review

Randy Porter Trio: Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung

Read "Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist/composer/lyricist Dave Frishberg may not be a household name in the world of jazz, but those in the know, musicians and listeners alike, appreciate the often whimsical artist. His works are associated with an “A" list of vocalists, including Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn and Diana Krall. The 87-year old Frishberg now resides ...


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