Our first program of 2019, which was broadcast on January 5th marked the beginng of year 40 for the “Vocal Sound Of Jazz”.  In 1980 when I began broacasting, I made a weekly pilgrimage to the WHRO/WHRV studios, recorded on reel to reel tape and used razor blades and special tape to do some occassional editing.  Over these 39 plus years the technology evolved from reel to reel, to digital audio tape (DAT), to Mini-Disc (MD), and finally to me recording as pictured here from my home office/studio directly to my MacBook Pro. The one thing that has remained constant over these 39 plus years is my love for this music and deep respect for those involved in creating it.  While jazz vocal music is rich with historic  recordings and performers, it’s the current generation of jazz vocal talents that continue to excite and motivate...

West Coast Cool

Award winning, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist/lyricist, Mark Winkler meets multi-Grammy winning vocalist, Cheryl Bentyne, (member of The Manhattan Transfer) to form a dynamic duo intent on proving how cool the ‘West Coast Cool Jazz’ scene of the ‘50s still is. Together and separately they perform songs by Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London and Bobby Troup (to name a few). Enjoy! ‘’CHERYL BENTYNE & MARK WINKLER/West Coast Cool:  Anybody still remember and enjoy Jackie & Roy?  Sure, they got started in Chicago and Milwaukee, but once they got a taste of LA and Vegas, the cold weather was in the rear view mirror.  Cheryl & Mark pick it up right where Jackie & Roy left off.  If you Googled the credits of the two marquee cats, and then Googled the credits of all the killer players weaving in and out of this set, you’d crash your hard drive.  With about a million years worth of combined, well honed chops on board, this set can blow away the hippest thing you could find in the Bethlehem catalog, and it covers a lot of the same songs just to keep things a fair competition.  This is an utterly fantastic jazz vocal date that raises the bar so high, critics will be comparing dates 50 years from now to this one.  Killer stuff.’’ -MIDWEST RECORD ‘’…superb medleys…Bentyne’s sweet vocals marvel…smooth and vibrant vocals of Winkler and Bentyne, who together take the oft-used phrase ‘dynamic duo’ to a much higher level.’’ ...

Jessica Molaskey Releases Brilliant Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Ghostlight Records has launched a special new label imprint, Ghostlight Deluxe with the latest release from celebrated actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, Portraits of Joni. Ghostlight Deluxe will be curated by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. Featuring Molaskey’s distinctly innovative interpretations, this album mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Portraits of Joni is produced by Jessica Molaskey, with John Pizzarelli serving as co-producer and Rob and Marcie Orley as executive producers. Album guest stars include Jazz luminaries Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli. Jessica will be performing selections from the album in concert in Seattle (July 27-30), New York (August 8-12), Los Angeles (August 17-20), Santa Cruz (August 26) and Escondido, CA (August 27). “Our mission at Ghostlight Deluxe,” explains Jessica, “is to give theater artists an opportunity and a home to make solo recordings that are singular to their unique talents. Whether it be jazz, pop or the Great American Songbook, we are committed to making albums with the highest quality arrangements and musicianship that integrate all these styles. It is the challenge of Broadway actors to be chameleons, to step into a character and become someone other than themselves. What happens when a Broadway singer decides to step out of costume? What happens when they decide to expose their authentic self through song? Ghostlight Deluxe will produce recordings that don’t necessarily feel the need to reach to the back of the balcony, but can effortlessly reach our hearts.” Kurt Deutsch, Ghostlight’s founder and president, adds “John and Jessica have been my friends for 20 years. Their technical artistry, stylish interpretations and pure love of music are unparalleled. To collaborate with them on Ghostlight Deluxe is an honor for me and will be a joy for all to hear.” Reflecting...

Ronny Whyte – Shades of Whyte

Ronny Whyte is of that rare breed: a seasoned performer, comfortable in the concert hall, dinner club, jazz room or cabaret. He doesn’t simply play and sing notes: he understands the lyrics and he tells the story. You believe him when he displays shades of Whyte in this aptly titled CD and exclaims “The Song is You”and “I Love the Way You Dance”. There’s heartfelt sincerity in his requests to “Linger Awhile” and “Love Me Tomorrow”, he no doubt means it in “I’ll Tell You What”. An imaginative arrangement of that ‘50s tale of a young girl’s awakening may strike a nostalgic note in “Nina Never Knew”. This collection is also seasoned with “A Little Samba” and a trio of songs with a Bossa Nova beat. Some vintage Jerome Kern, Blossom Dearie, Vernon Duke, Lerner & Lane and Schwartz & Dietz round out the program with style and heart. I am delighted to add this bouquet to my collection. —Elliott Ames WVOX- AM 1460,...

VSOJAZ 08/13/16 (The Quieter Side)

VSOJAZ 08/13/16 Name Time Album Artist 1 More Than You Know 5:53 We’ve Got A World That Swings Claire Martin 2 Easy to Remember 6:01 He Was the King Freddy Cole 3 Blackbird / Bye Bye Blackbird 4:18 Dream in the Blue Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson 4 Two for the Road 5:52 Quiet Intentions Akio Sasajima & Carla Helmbrecht 5 A Bar Tone 3:34 The Flow Tom Lellis 6 Not You Again 2:35 United Dena Derose 7 Both Sides Now 3:13 Illusions Marissa Mulder 8 Broken Bicycles 4:17 Tom… in His Words Marissa Mulder 9 Where Are We Now? 5:32 The Theory of Joy Ian Shaw 10 Shattered 2:41 Lost Love Songs Cheryl Bentyne 11 You Taught My Heart To Sing 3:51 Quietly There Cheryl Fisher 12 Little Prayer – Wouldn’t It Be Loverly 5:17 Songs Of Life Scott...

The Fascinating Musical World of Nicola Conte

By combining elements of jazz, electronica, and Brazilian music, Italy’s Nicola Conte uses his skills as a composer, DJ, producer, and classically trained musician to fashion a distinctive sound that is as creative as it is endlessly entertaining.    The November 28th edition  of the “Vocal Sound Of Jazz” is entirely devoted to the exploration  Conte’s music....

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