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Tiffany Austin had sung on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in London, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo—before setting music aside upon being accepted in 2009 at the University of California's Boalt School of Law in Berkeley. Yet the itch left by the music bug never went away, and a year into her law studies, she enrolled on a full scholarship at the nearby Jazzschool (now the California Jazz Conservatory), where her refreshingly original singing style attracted the attention of such innovative young San Francisco Bay Area bandleaders as bassist Marcus Shelby and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley

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Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1

Read "Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


The past decade has been a great one for lovers of jazz singing with most of the exciting music coming from women vocalists. In this hour and the next of Jazz at 100 Today! we'll survey 20 releases from 15 female vocalists who range from the rediscovered vintage jazz of Catherine Russell to the powerful hybrid ...

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Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

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Marcus Shelby: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Considering ambition and musical vision, bassist/bandleader Marcus Shelby has a single peer: Wynton Marsalis. Both men have a healthy reverence for the past and big imaginations for large-scale works. Shelby is struck by history, much of which he incorporates into this larger works like Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2011) ...

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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although it is not alluded to anywhere, the centerpiece of San Francisco-based composer / bassist Marcus Shelby's latest big-band album, Transitions, is the evocative four-movement suite “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues," which pays tribute to the all-black enterprises whose shining stars were barred from displaying their talents in the major baseball leagues until ...

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Unbroken

Label: Con Alma Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Blues Creole (For Amede); Greenwood; Ain't No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down); You Must Believe in Spring; The Blessing; Con Alma; King of Pleasure; Better Git It in Your Soul; Someday We'll All Be Free; Music's Gonna Meet Me There; Resolution; Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.

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Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz

Read "Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


An assortment of Thanksgiving-inspired jazz to whet your appetite and get your gratitude on, with birthday shout outs to Mose Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Mercer and Sheila Jordan, plus a preview of who's performing in NYC for the holidays. Playlist Jen Hodge “The Swamp Bucket Challenge" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz ...

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Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

Read "Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season. Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window ...

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Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

Read "Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Many special birthdays in this episode of A Broad Spectrum as we honor the great Abbey Lincoln and remember Bernice Petkere, named the “Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin for her songs “Close Your Eyes" and “"Lullaby of the Leaves." Playlist Linda Dachtyl “A Late One" from A Late One (Chicken ...

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Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

Read "Unbroken" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Unbroken (Con Alma Music, 2018) is the follow- up to Tiffany Austin's vibrant debut album Nothing But Soul (Con Alma Music, 2015). Austin beautifully expresses her personal views and positive responses to the past and current atrocities committed against African American citizens in the United States. According to Austin, the title Unbroken “is a ...


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