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Patti Labelle, "Bel Hommage"


The original Lady Marmalade; Patti Labelle’s career shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Looking and sounding as fabulous as always, the 72 year old singer’s latest album, “Bel Hommage” features soulful, modern versions of classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Released in May, “Bel Hommage” is already among the top 20 best selling cds on Amazon’s jazz chart. It has been steadily climbing the Billboard charts and is at #2 this week, up from #4.

Diana Krall, "Turn Up The Quiet" (2017) (Verve)


Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet (2017) (Verve)

Turn Up The Quiet! What? Did you say something? We can’t hear you over the quiet!
According to Amazon’s editorial review, “Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.”


June 2017 - Diana Krall’s amazing success as performer and recording artist over the past twenty-plus years has made her an object of admiration – and/or envy. What is certain is that her always-engaging singing, estimable piano talent, and coolly magnetic but accessible presence have made her the foremost advocate for the American songbook of her generation – and a jazz icon in her prime.

Bria Skonberg, “With A Twist”



In reference to her latest recording, “With A Twist,” Canadian trumpet mistress Bria Skonberg said that she was inspired by cocktail hour in New York City: "The inspiration was love and adventure, and the many twists and turns and tunnels you can get into. It's a little about my time in New York, a little bit of cocktail culture. The musical inspiration was a modern-day Esquivel, Perez Prado, maybe some Spike Jones. It's just important to me to put some love and positivity out into the world right now."

WICN Names Jazz Artist Amanda Carr as New Executive Director


WORCESTER – May 24, 2017 – WICN Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate station, today announced that Amanda Carr has joined the organization as executive director. In addition to her music and production background, Carr brings sales and marketing knowledge to her role at the public radio station. She takes the reins from Tom Lucci, former WICN board president, who has been acting as interim general manager.

“Smokin' In Seattle: Live At The Penthouse (1966) [Deluxe Edition]”


Woo-hoo - it’s not every Monday that the new music desk can report on a brand spankin’ new release from Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly!

ICYMI: New Music Monday - April 2017

Quick roundup:

April 3: #NewMusicMonday
From an "All Things Considered" broadcast in January of this year. Christian McBride and Nate Chinen prognosticate and salivate over some of 2017's dee-lish new music.


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