Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
World renowned percussionist and bandleader Steve Kroon is our guest on Tuesday's Jazz New England. He's played and recorded with everyone from Ron Carter and Diana Krall to Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross. We'll hear Steve's latest CD "Without A Doubt" and stories of growing up musically in Harlem.
Patty Ascher, a Sao Paulo Brazil-based artist comes from a musical family and has been mentored by the legendary Roberto Menescal. Earlier this summer she worked with John Pizzarelli during his Brazilian tour. She's in the Northeast this week performing and joins us on Thursday at 2 pm.
Singer-Songwriter Aimee Allen is a true renaissance woman. She began singing professionally while attending Yale, later lived and performed in Paris before earning law degrees from Columbia and the Sorbonne. We'll hear selection from her latest release "Winters and Mays" and maybe a live tune or two.
Warren Vache is a remarkable horn player, with astounding chops and a warm tone whether he's playing trumpet, flugelhorn, or cornet. He has developed his own unique and thoroughly modern style, but Vache's sense of jazz heritage is strong. He's known as a master performer of traditional jazz. Drummer Glenn Davis and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi join McPartland and Vache on "Basin Street Blues" and "Louisiana".
At the piano, Randy Weston's knees come up as high as the keys. He is a tall man with a deep sound on his instrument of 70 years. For him jazz is not a genre. It's spirit. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of.
Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression at the Kennedy Center in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet). Now he is touring worldwide with pianist Monty Alexander. Yotam's friend Roy Assaf on piano is a graduate of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead training at the Kennedy Center.
Born October 3, 1923, in Chicago, "Vonski is a founder of the Chicago School of jazz tenor saxophonists, cited by the National Endowment for the Arts. "With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. And he does, at the Green Mill with fellow tenor Ed Petersen, New Year's Eve 2010, on JazzSet