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Vanessa Rubin

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Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth and playful lioness sass. The Cleveland native brings a wealth of diverse influences to her vocal performance from both the Trinidadian/Caribbean roots of her mother and traditional jazz by way of her Louisiana-born father. Additional homespun influences include the melodic bell tone clarity of a young Capital Records recording artist, Nancy Wilson, the fire of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the sweet sounds of trumpeter Blue Mitchell as well as her love of the Motown Sound…especially girl groups like the Supremes. Rubin’s passion for rich musical stories are evidenced throughout her eight albums thus far plus numerous guest appearances

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Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Personent Hodie; The Christmas Song; In the Bleak Midwinter; We Three Kings; I Love the Winter Weather; Christmas Time is Here; Winter Wonderland; O Holy Night; A Child is Born; My Favorite Things; It’s Easy to Blame the Weather; Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 2

Read "Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 2" 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 singers. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we will complete our survey, begun in the last program, of 20 releases of 15 female vocalists performing songs from the Great American Songbook, contemporary ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodney Whitaker with the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Read "Cranbrook Christmas Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Bassist Rodney Whitaker has been a huge presence in Michigan jazz for decades, with his leadership of the Michigan State University jazz program complementing his many other projects and giving him the opportunity to mentor upcoming generations of jazz talent. He has become a crucial ambassador for the music as well, with community outreach being a ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Kenny Barron

Read "Meet Kenny Barron" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

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Article: Radio

Listeners’ Favorites

Read "Listeners’ Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


This week (drum roll....), it's listeners' favorites from shows 431 to 440. From classic jazz to today's music, our listeners have discerning and eclectic taste—never forgetting the blues and funk. Enjoy the show! Playlist Don Braden, Karl Latham “Grover Miles" from Big Funk Live (Creative Perspective) 00:00 Grant Green “Let The Music Take ...

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News: Festival

Christian McBride, John Clayton Highlight Virtual Tri-C JazzFest

Christian McBride, John Clayton Highlight Virtual Tri-C JazzFest

Two of the jazz world’s preeminent bassists—Christian McBride and John Clayton—will share stories via live chats during the virtual edition of the 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank. Each Grammy Award winner highlights a night of music during the three-day online event Friday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 23. Listen for McBride on the ...

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Article: Radio

Savoy Almost Gave Me a Migraine & More!

Read "Savoy Almost Gave Me a Migraine & More!" reviewed by Marc Cohn


I promised to play more from that fabulous 1968 Houston Person release this week--so yeh, that's here (Soul Dance, Prestige 7621) with Boogaloo Joe Jones). It's criminally out-of-print, as is our Carmen McRae centennial feature (the classic As Time Goes By on JVC, issued for 'a minute' as an LP on Catalyst in the US many ...

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The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Label: Nibur Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lady Bird; Kitchenette Across The Hall; If You Could See Me Now; Weekend; On A Misty Night; Never Been In Love; Next Time Around (Soultrane); Good Bait; Reveries Do Come True (The Dream Is You); Whatever Possessed Me; You're A Joy; I Think I'll Go Away.

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Article: Radio

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


It's that time, times two. A show with a number 5 at the end. So here's a slug of recent listener favorites from Gifts and Messages shows 391 to 400. As always, we had too much music to deal with and that's a good thing. So, my selections from your favorites try to achieve some variety ...


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