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Wesla Whitfield

Wesla Whitfield is a remarkable singer, with a deep love for that rich storehouse of musical treasures often identified as The Great American Popular Songbook. Wesla has been developing her skills and learning her demanding craft for a number of years - by her own estimate, it's been ever since she "knew at age two-and-a-half that I would grow up to be a singer." A picture of Wesla at a Piano Her sound and approach would seem to place her somewhere in the intriguing area that borders on both jazz and that aspect of pop music which draws its material largely from the great standards and neglected gems of such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hart. Wesla Whitfield was born in Santa Maria, California

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Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox

Read "Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week the show features new releases from pianists Marcin Wasilewski with Joe Lovano, Miki Yamanaka, saxophonists Sharel Cassity and Harry Allen with birthday shoutouts to guitarist Emily Remler (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung, Bobby Short, vocalists Wesla Whitfield, Nicolas Bearde, Catherine Russell, Giacomo Gates, saxophonist Vi Redd and more. Thanks for listening ...

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Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...

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Autumn's Embrace and September Song

Read "Autumn's Embrace and September Song" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Fall to all! This equinox broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Claudette King, vocalists Tish Oney, Kelley Johnson, Carolyn Fitzhugh and Chiara Izzi, pianist Sumitra and saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School, with birthday shout outs to saxophonist Vi Redd (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Bobby Short, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung and Champian Fulton, guitarist Emily ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Notre Vie Comme Un Western

Read "Notre Vie Comme Un Western" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Bastille Day broadcast included new releases from John Finbury & Thelma De Freitas, Calabria Foti, Peter Eldridge & Kenny Werner and Maggie Gould plus birthday shout outs to songwriters Jimmy McHugh, Joan Whitney, saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, cellist Akua Dixon, bassist Iris Ornig, vocalists Suzanne Pittson, Debbie Harry, Luciana Souza and trumpter Carol ...

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You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

Read "You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

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For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

Read "For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to NEA Jazz Masters Bob Dorough, Nancy Wilson and Cecil Taylor as well as trumpeters Hugh Masekela, Tomasz Stanko, Jerry González and Roy Hargrove.

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Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

Read "Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Many common birthdays in this broadcast. In the second hour, Laura Nyro shares her day with hipster Bobby Troup, who celebrates his centennial this month; followed by a shout-out to Dizzy Gillespie, born the same day as Beat poet Fran Landesman, whose songs will be highlighted in the final hour. Playlist Miggy Augmented Orchestra ...

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Wesla Whitfield, RIP

Wesla Whitfield, RIP

Wesla Whitfield, a singer of uncommon talent, taste, musicianship and courage, died yesterday in St. Helena, California. Her husband and accompanist of more than three decades, the pianist Mike Greensill, announced her passing. She had been under treatment for bladder cancer and was recently in hospice care but died at home. She was 70. I once ...


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