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Vivian Sessoms

“You have to feel something about what you're saying if you want anyone else to buy into it”, explains Vivian Sessoms with absolute certainty. “It's important to me to mean what I say when I'm writing or singing a song. It can't simply be just a collection of words.” For Vivian, a life surrounded by music has ingrained the passion and the power of music in her. Born and raised in Harlem, Vivian, whose mother was a session/jingle-singer, and father who was a flautist/percussionist (for James Brown among others), learned the wonder and the craft of music at a young age. In a neighborhood filled with nightclubs, churches and impromptu gatherings-turned-jam-sessions at the family homestead, she was already singing by the time she could talk

Life II

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2019
Track listing: In the Making; The Best Is Yet to Come; Fool Me Once; I Can’t Breathe; Eden; One Thing Leads to Another; If They Only Knew; Sa Ra; As; 1 Thing; A Real Thing; Remembrance.

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Vivian Sessoms: Life II

Read "Life II" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sliding doors. È consistente il numero di cantanti afroamericane che spaziano con disinvoltura tra i vari ambiti e stili della black music, giungendo fino al pop. I risultati sono anche elevati, come dimostra questo disco, ma resta il sospetto di un impegno programmato per adeguarsi alla volatilità del mercato. In molto pubblico attuale, ...

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Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday

Read "Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Anat Fort and vocalists Judy Wexler, Georgia Mancio, Paul Jost and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shout outs to Fats Waller at the top of the show, Peggy Lee, Jackie Cain and Miles Davis in the second hour, plus Sheryl Bailey, Cynthia Sayer and Denise Donatelli, among ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Famous Jazz Mothers And Their Young

Read "Famous Jazz Mothers And Their Young" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from Molly Hammer, Mary Stallings, Vivian Sessoms and Lisa Maxwell, with birthday shout outs to Carla Bley in the first hour, Mary Lou Williams in the second hour, plus vocalists Judi Silvano, John Proulx, Barb Jungr and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, among others, plus cuts from some famous jazz mothers ...

Vivian Sessoms: To Be Black In America

Read "Vivian Sessoms: To Be Black In America" reviewed by Kevin Press

Vivian Sessoms has built a career in collaboration with a range of world-famous artists. P. Diddy, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Sinéad O'Connor, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Stevie Wonder all have a place on her resume. With a new Ropeadope contract in hand, Sessoms has produced a two-part album release called Life. They make an extraordinary pair, from ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen

Read "The Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Halfway through February Fundraising, this broadcast included new releases from pianist Brittany Anjou, saxophonist Jessica Jones, vocalists Kristen Lee Sergeant and Juno nominee Diana Panton, drummer Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plus a special release from duo Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake, with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway, Sergio Mendes and Nicole Mitchell, among others. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Noise New York

Read "Big Noise New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

Read "Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...


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