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Arkansas native Rosetta Nubin Tharpe was one of gospel music’s first superstars, the first gospel performer to record for a major record label (Decca), and an early crossover from gospel to secular music. Rosetta Nubin was born in Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) on March 20, 1915, to Katie Bell Nubin, an evangelist, singer, and mandolin player for the Church of God in Christ. No mention is found of her father. Nubin began performing at age four, playing guitar and singing “Jesus is on the Main Line.” By age six, Nubin appeared regularly with her mother, performing a mix of gospel and secular music styles that would eventually make her famous

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Article: Radio

Juno Nominees, New Releases Plus Birthday Shout-outs For Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland And More As Womens History Month Continues

Read "Juno Nominees, New Releases Plus Birthday Shout-outs For Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland And More As Womens History Month Continues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features Juno nominees, new releases from vocalists Sarah Moule, Sarah Jerrom, Janis Siegel and guitarist David Howard plus birthday shoutouts to Elis Regina, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Michele Rosewoman, and Deanna Witkowski, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.

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News: Obituary

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Born in 1930, Chris Barber was one of the leading figures in European jazz. Together with Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, he was one of the “Three B’s” who defined traditional jazz in Britain and spearheaded the “Trad” revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His interest in jazz began while he was evacuated from ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...

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Article: Radio

Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland.

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News: Music Industry

Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after ...

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Article: Radio

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

Read "Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...

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Article: Album Review

Lizz Wright: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by James Nadal


In reaffirming the adage that you can go home again, Lizz Wright did just that. The songs on Grace reflect a homecoming to the singer's southern heritage--a personal rite of passage to glean inspiration and redefine her musical origins. She revisits her rural Georgia upbringing and Atlanta gospel roots, and finds comfort at her current home ...

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Article: Album Review

Vanessa Collier: Meeting My Shadow

Read "Meeting My Shadow" reviewed by James Nadal


During the golden age of rhythm and blues, the saxophonist, who often doubled on vocals, was the leader of the band, and the star of the show. Fast forward, and we find Vanessa Collier who is all of the above, and also a genuine quadruple threat. With an honored degree from Berklee, and having spent several ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

Read "Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie" reviewed by Martin Longley


Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many ...


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