Vocalists

Debbie Gifford – Changes (2018)

Debbie Gifford – Changes (2018)

Filled with a fizzy sense of self-realization, Debbie Gifford’s ‘Changes’ is delivered with song-by-song twists that are uniquely her own.

Beverley Beirne, jazz singer: Something Else! Interview

Beverley Beirne, jazz singer: Something Else! Interview

Beverley Beirne joins Sammy Stein to discuss her entertaining new album ‘JJWTHF: Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun,’ and the role of coincidence in her art.

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Fiona Ross – Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey (2017)

Fiona Ross’ new album builds on her previous material, while demonstrating the maturation of talent this musical hand grenade has let loose.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

“Perdido” was supposed to be a live showcase for Charlie Parker. Then Ella Fitzgerald – who would have been 100 today – stepped up to the mic.

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.

Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

The deeply underrated Nancy Wilson nails the sense of hopeful anxiety that surrounds Dec. 31 every year.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

Cassandra Wilson’s slow-starting Loverly didn’t take her usual risks

Cassandra Wilson’s slow-starting Loverly didn’t take her usual risks

‘Loverly,’ released in June 2008, wasn’t gutsy enough to be a top-echelon Cassandra Wilson album, though there were still plenty of enjoyable moments.

David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014): On Second Thought

David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014): On Second Thought

From the lusty to the lovely, David Ian’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ explores the contours of romance and romantic moods.

Frank Sinatra – All or Nothing At All (2015): Movies

Frank Sinatra – All or Nothing At All (2015): Movies

No other project may better capture the complex life of Frank Sinatra, born 100 years ago on Dec. 12, 1915, than HBO’s new film ‘Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.’

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