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Billie Holiday


Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a limited range, she used it like an accomplished jazz instrumentalist, stretching and condensing phrases in an ever-shifting dialogue with accompanying musicians. Famous for delivering lyrics a bit behind the beat, she alternately endowed them with sadness, sensuality, languor, and irony


Article: Interview

Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny

Read "Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Bassist and photographer Leonard E. Jones laid the foundation of his musical and artistic ideas as an original member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The AACM ranks as the most well-known and influential organization of the 1960s under African American leadership that created American experimental music through challenging “racialized limitations on venues ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Feel Good Music Show

Read "Feel Good Music Show" reviewed by David Brown

It's New Year's Eve here on the Jazz Continuum. Weather you're getting gussied up to go out, or laying low for the evening, we're here to present an evening of Feel-Good Music to keep you company. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Terry Pollard “Scrapple From ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Album Review

Christy Bennett's Fumee: Good Morning Heartache: The Music of Irene Higginbotham

Read "Good Morning Heartache: The Music of Irene Higginbotham" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Vocalist Christy Bennett has made a specialty of unearthing the work of forgotten songwriters from the past, particularly women. That has led to this album where she presents ten songs written by Irene Higginbotham, a jazz composer active in the '40s. Higginbotham's name is not well known today but a couple of her songs ...


Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan

Read "Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan" reviewed by Matthew Alec

Friday, June 24th, 2022, saxophonist Joe Lovano's group Sound Prints (alongside trumpeter and co-leader Dave Douglas) delivered a tour de force performance to spellbound audience members at the historic Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square as a part of Cleveland's annual Tri-C JazzFest. Seasoned group interplay between drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Penman, and pianist Leo ...


Article: Jazz Fiction

What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Read "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The birthday bash for my granddaughter Marisol went down at my son's house, on the other side of town. And since her other abuelo was on the patio cooking chicken taquitos in a makeshift deep fryer, I'd offered to buy the pizzas. I phoned in the order: five pepperonis, extra cheese all around. They wouldn't take ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Lisa Hilton, Revisited

Read "Take Five With Lisa Hilton, Revisited" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Lisa Hilton Lisa Kristine Hilton is a composer, pianist, producer and bandleader. Growing up on California's beautiful central coast, Hilton was so entranced with the piano that she taught herself to play with a colored keyboard guide and composed simple songs before beginning piano lessons. Attending college in San Francisco, she missed the creativity she had ...


Article: Live Review

Horne to Strayhorn At Black Repertory Theater

Read "Horne to Strayhorn At Black Repertory Theater" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Nina Causey Black Repertory Theater Horne to Strayhorn Berkeley, CA November 19, 2022 Horne to Strayhorn, an original musical play created by Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott, celebrated and explored the complicated relationship between the legendary Lena Horne and the brilliant jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. Saturday's performance featured Bay Area vocalist ...


Article: Album Review

Fred Moten, Brandon López, Gerald Cleaver: Moten/López/Cleaver

Read "Moten/López/Cleaver" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chuck D of Public Enemy fame once said, “rap music is the CNN of the ghetto." His words, coupled with samples and the scratching of turntables, were revelatory in their day, very much like a five-minute news update. Poet and cultural critic Fred Moten's words are more like a deep dive graduate colloquy. He presents his ...


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