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Wayne Alpern

Wayne Alpern is a New York City composer, arranger, and scholar who integrates popular and jazz idioms with classical techniques and repertoire to create a sophisticated contemporary style of cross-genre, or even post-genre music. After years of composing complex new music, he embraced his personal history and indigenous musical culture and fused them with his classical background and training. His work includes numerous jazz arrangements, string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, mixed ensembles, pieces for string orchestra, and several piano works. Alpern’s innovative compositions, recompositions, and rearrangements have been performed and recorded by distinguished artists from diverse musical traditions

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New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane

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This broadcast presents new releases from Willie Nelson, who continues his homage to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Alpern and pianist Rachel Eckroth with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane in the second hour, along with guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalists Anita Wardell, Rosana Eckert, Vicki Burns and more. Thanks for listening and please ...

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New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More

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This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Judy Wexler, Angela Wrigley and Tanya Dennis, with birthday shoutouts to honorable men Dave Grusin and Kenny Barron, as well as harpist Brandee Younger and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Aubrey Johnson, Allison Adams Tucker, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music. ...

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Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others

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The first hour celebrates the birthdays of Valaida Snow, known as “Little Louis" and “Queen of the Trumpet," a nickname given to her by W.C. Handy — a virtuoso jazz entertainer who became an internationally celebrated talent. Also in the spotlight is Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist, and songwriter married to Joe McCoy and later Ernest ...

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A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry

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This broadcast features new releases from the Henry Robinett Quartet, Wayne Alpern and Rossano Sportiello with birthday shoutouts to Jocelyn Michelle, Bob Mintzer, Peter Eldridge, Barbara Carroll, Susan Tobocman, Etta James and Ed Reed. Also remembering the great vocalist and educator Janet Lawson plus a jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of the release of Carole ...

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Sonny Rollins & Dave Brubeck

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From another legend during the pandemic putting out quality new music, we start the 678th Episode of Neon Jazz with Drummer Joe Farnsworth. He has a great new album out called Time to Swing with a stellar line up and that sets the tone for the hour of music. There have been a host of new ...

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Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith

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Halfway through April, which is also Jazz Appreciation Month, the broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Nanette Frank, composer Wayne Alpern, trumpeter Johnny Summers and pianist Monika Herzig, with birthday shoutouts to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, pianist Herbie Hancock, plus vocalists Marilyn Maye and Dusty Springfield. Thanks for listening and please support the ...


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