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Tony Bennett

No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony’s first fans filling him with encouragement and optimism. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions, singing and painting

Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Read "Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell" reviewed by Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Meet Hazel Mitchell-Bell Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.'s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and another album set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and music director, Vince ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Ray: Excursions and Adventures

Read "Excursions and Adventures" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Although hidden away in classrooms at the Berklee School of Music or as the accompanying pianist with vocalist Tony Bennett, Tim Ray is a pianist of the highest order and this album offers all the evidence needed to prove the case. Ray's supporting cast are two exceptionally subtle and responsive players—John Patitucci, who is ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Tony Bennett, the '60s

Videos: Tony Bennett, the '60s

If you're not smiling broadly as Tony Bennett sings in a video, something is off. In addition to being a terrific pop and jazz singer (coming in behind and ahead of the beat and improvising along the way), Tony was a visual explosion of joy. This was especially true in the 1960s, when he was often ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu

Read "No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week our playlist includes new releases by pianists Yelena Eckemoff and Marina Albero, trumpetist Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, and trombonist Audrey Ochoa, plus birthday shout outs to Etta James, Barbara Carroll, Sade, Mariah Parker, Adi Meyerson, Kate McGarry, Lizz Wright, Peter Eldridge, Cheryl Bentyne and Chelsea McBride, among others. Also a nod to Mary Lou Williams, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Veronica Swift, Fletcher Henderson, Fred Hersch and More

Read "Veronica Swift, Fletcher Henderson, Fred Hersch and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with one of the hippest jazz singers on the planet, Veronica Swift with a track off an album that is charting very well. This sets a trend of an hour of music that will look into the very rather fluid and exciting state of today's jazz as we move on to Dan ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

We Grow Accustomed to the Dark

Read "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This early November broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Andrea Superstein, Marsha Bartenetti, Ben Sidran and pianist Julia Hulsmann with birthday shout outs to guitarist Amanda Monaco, trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Dawn Clement, plus vocalists Ethel Waters, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, K.D. Lang, Julie Kelly and Sarah Partridge, among others.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Evgeny Sivtsov: Zoo

Read "Zoo" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Zoo, composer and pianist Evgeny Sivtsov reimagines and contrasts jazz styles in a clever and skillful manner. Sivtsov sounds like a cross between Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, or even Lennie Tristano—not just in his technique, but in his attack as well. This makes for piano playing that, depending upon the number, is at times robust ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nat "King" Cole: Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner—his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)—he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...


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