You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding

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This week we feature new releases from vocalists Kat Edmonson, Tamuz Nissim, Maria Schafer and JD Walter with birthday shout outs to pianists Lil Hardin Armstrong, Marc Cary and Jutta Hipp, bassist Katie Thiroux, trumpeter Jeannie Tanner, and vocalist Ed Reed, among others. In the first hour, a celebration of Esperanza Spalding's latest Grammy win for Jazz Vocal Recording with a look back over the past decade of her career.


  • Five Play "Struttin with Some Barbecue" from Live at the Deer Head Inn (Deer Head Records) 00:00
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis "I'm Not Rough" from United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine Records) 06:51
  • Host speaks 09:55
  • Mimi Jones "Mr. Poo Poo" from Feet in the Mud (Hot Tone Music) 13:56
  • Kat Edmonson "Someone's in the House" from Dreamers Do (Spinnerette) 19:05
  • Host speaks 21:10
  • Fostina Dixon-Kilgoe "He Is Risen" from Vertical Alignment (FossieBear Inc) 26:19
  • Terri Lyne Carrington "Crayola" from The Mosaic Project (Concord) 29:42
  • Esperanza Spalding "City of Roses" from Radio Music Society (Heads Up International) 34:09
  • Host speaks 38:43
  • Kris Davis "The Very Thing" from Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic Records) 43:16
  • Esperanza Spalding "You Have to Dance (feet)" from 12 Little Spells (Concord) 48:04
  • Host speaks 51:24
  • Rachel Therrien "Hayde Santamaria" from Why Don't You Try (WDYT) (Free Run Artists) 54:03
  • Marina Albero "Unexpected You" from A Life Soundtrack-Volume 3: Music Is Love (Self released) 59:53
  • Tamuz Nissim "Rhapsody for Trane (I Hear a Rhapsody)" from Capturing Clouds (Self released) 1:03:51
  • Host speaks 1:08:32
  • Jutta Hipp "Horacio" from Live at the Hickory House Vol. 2 (Blue Note) 1:14:12
  • Brandi Disterheft "Blue Canvas" from Blue Canvas (Justin Time) 1:17:31
  • Host speaks 1:21:58
  • Works for Me "Le'Var" from Reach Within (Posi-Tone) 1:27:48
  • Jessica Jones (featuring Ed Reed) "Just as It Is" from Continuum (Reva Records) 1:32:48
  • Host speaks 1:37:29
  • Marc Cary "Throw it Away" from For the Love of Abbey (Motema) 1:42:32
  • Michelle Lordi "Poor Bird" from Break Up with the Sound (Cabinet of Wonder) 1:48:19
  • Host speaks 1:55:22
  • Rachel Z "Room of One's Own" from Room of One's Own (NYC Records) 1:56:11
  • Audrey Ochoa "Groundhog Day" from Frankenhorn (Chronograph Records/Fontana North) 2:01:48
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater "I Can't Stand the Rain" from Memphis...Yes I'm Ready (Okeh Records) 2:06:48
  • Host speaks 2:09:51
  • Katie Thiroux "Slow Dance with Me" from Off Beat (Capri Records) 2:12:06
  • Kristen Lee Sergeant "Balm/Burn" from Smolder (Plastic Sax Records) 2:17:53
  • Host speaks 2:23:08
  • Jeannie Tanner (feat. Abigail Riccards) "You'll Always Have My Heart" from Words & Music by Jeannie Tanner (Self released) 2:27:15
  • Maria Schafer "Love Is You" from No Broken Hearts (Self released) 2:31:20
  • Host speaks 2:36:15
  • Yelena Eckemoff "Fox" from Nocturnal Animals (L&H Productions) 2:40:12
  • Lili Añel "Better Days" from Better Days (Winding Way Records) 2:44:56
  • Host speaks 2:50:17
  • Diane Moser "Birdsongs For Eric" from Birdsongs (Planet Arts Records) 2:51:19
  • Lioness "Ida Lupino" from Pride & Joy (Posi-Tone) 3:00:50
  • Barbara Fasano "How Little We Know" from Busy Being Free (Harbinger) 3:04:52
  • Host speaks 3:09:49
  • Deanna Witkowski "Wide Open Window" from Wide Open Window (Khaeon) 3:13:42
  • Mary Lou Williams "Scorpio" from Zodiac Suite (Smithsonian Folkways) 3:22:35
  • Host speaks 3:25:37
  • JD Walter "All Through the Night" from Dressed In a Song (JWAL Records) 3:28:06
  • Andrea Brachfeld "Espaco Aberto" from Brazilian Whispers (Origin) 3:32:44
  • Andy Bey "Like a Lover (O Cantador)" from Shades of Bey (Evidence Music) 3:35:20
  • Host speaks 3:40:02
  • Kaisa's Machine "Turn & Return" from In the Key of K (Eclipse Music) 3:42:45
  • Deanna Kirk "Don't Look Back" from Lost In Languid Love Songs (Self released) 3:49:10
  • Host speaks 3:51:34
  • Brandee Younger (feat. Ravi Coltrane) "Love's Prayer" from Soul Awakening (Self released) 3:54:27

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