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Virginia Schenck

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Virginia Schenck, known by the stage name VA, is an accomplished international vocal artist and jazz performer, utilizing both straight-ahead, spoken word, and free improvisation. VA is an imaginative vocalist with a broad stylistic reach. She can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. Yet all of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice. VA often spices up her shows with world music influences from her own vocal exploration and CircleSinging, which she studied under the legendary Bobby McFerrin

Album

Battle Cry

Label: Airborne Ecstasy, LLC
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bali Hai; Sack Full of Dreams; Gettysburg Address; Abraham, Martin & John; America the Beautiful; Strange Fruit; Hear My Battle Cry; Pledge of Allegiance; America the Beautiful Reprise.

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Article: Radio

Women Be Wise - Celebrating Sippie Wallace, Allison Miller and More Jazz Scorpios

Read "Women Be Wise - Celebrating Sippie Wallace, Allison Miller and More Jazz Scorpios" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast continues our celebration of Jazz Scorpios with birthday shoutouts to drummer Allison Miller, guitarist Amanda Monaco, pianist Andy Bey, vocalists Julie Kelly, Kristen Korb, Ethel Waters, Carmen Lundy and Sippie Wallace, 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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I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa ...

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Article: Radio

Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...

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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 ...

Album

AMINATA MOSEKA - an Abbey Lincoln Tribute

Label: Airborne Ecstasy, LLC
Released: 2017
Track listing: Talking to the Sun Another World Bird Alone The River Learning How to Listen Blue Monk Caged Bird - the poem Caged Bird - the song Being Me Throw It Away The Music Is the Magic When I'm Called Home Wholly Earth

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Interior Notions

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015

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VA

Label: Airborne Ecstasy, LLC
Released: 2012


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