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Tina May

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Tina started exploring and developing her jazz sensibilities at University College, Cardiff. She attended vocal studies with Eilleen Price in the music dept. and almost immediately teamed up with other musicians to form small bands.She joined the Welsh Jazz Soc. run by Jed Williams and was soon a regular listening to Sweets Edison, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Al Cohn and many, many more at The Lions Den' in the Great Western Hotel in Cardiff. As a student of French ,Tina knew she would have the opportunity of living in France for a year as part of her degree course. She chose to study in Paris and began her apprenticeship in Jazz when ,by chance, she met up with some aspiring young music students, who invited her to 'faire un boeuf' - have a jam with them.These musicians were Pascal Gaubert and Patrick Villanueva - who recorded with Tina on the 'live in Paris' album nearly twenty years later! Very soon Tina was performing at Le Slow Club with the Roger Guerin Big Band with special guest Kenny Clarke - such a great drummer and sweet man

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Article: Radio

Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

Read "Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Women In Jazz: New Book celebrates the women of music, shares their journeys and gives them voice.

Women In Jazz: New Book celebrates the women of music, shares their journeys and gives them voice.

Containing interviews and first-hand accounts, Women In Jazz is witness to the generosity, profundity and positivity with which women have responded and the energy they have put into their lives in overcoming challenges. The book tells the stories of the women in their own, unchanged words. It allows their voices to be heard and tackles head-on ...

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Article: Radio

Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording

Read "Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final Sunday of Womens History Month includes new releases from Bob Dorough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patricia Barber plus a first listen to Betty Carter's first posthumous recording of a live 1992 concert in the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with birthday shout outs to legendary vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and Pearl ...

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News: Festival

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

The Limerick Jazz Festival returns for another eagerly anticipated edition between September 25th and 28th. For its third edition the LJF has upped the stakes by bringing in some big names, not the least of which are Belfast’s legendary Van Morrison, American saxophonist David Sanborn and English saxophonist Julian Siegel. The festival opens at 8pm on ...

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Article: Interview

Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places

Read "Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


What defines power? That's a tough question to answer in general, and an even harder one to figure out when it comes to the world of music. For in music, a whisper may carry greater weight than a roar, an honest gesture can outdo a demonstration of brute strength and technique, and a direct message to ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Todd Gordon

Read "Take Five With Todd Gordon" reviewed by Todd Gordon


Meet Todd Gordon:In just a few years, Todd Gordon has established himself as “one of Britain's most popular singers and entertainers" (Scottish Television). An avid Beatles fan until the age of 11, his musical horizons broadened when he heard Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers! album. From that moment, he collected almost every recording ...

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Article: Interview

Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration

Read "Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Pianist and composer Nikki Iles describes herself as one of the “not- so-young-anymore generation" of British jazz musicians--a fair comment, in chronological terms, from a musician born in the mid-'60s. But more importantly, she's a musician of experience, expertise and talent, viewed with great respect by players across the world. Iles' self-description does seem to be ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Read "Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Skelton Skinner Allstars Big BandCookin' with the Lid OnDiving Duck Records2012 Back in the late 1950s, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs (with some help from his friends) put together an ensemble that became known as the Terry Gibbs Dream Band, took up residence in Hollywood and began blowing audiences ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler among stars at London's Art Of Song Festival

Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler among stars at London's Art Of Song Festival

The Art Of Song Festival continues at London's Leicester Square Theatre. Upcoming concerts include: April 15 Norma Winstone, Tina May, David McAlmont, Kenny Wheeler; April 16 Cleo Laine and, in a second concert, Yots K's The Songs Of John Barry; April 18 Stacey Kent; April 19 Fran Landesman. Details on 0844 873 3433. NORMA WINSTONE, TINA ...


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