Judy Carmichael’s Superb Jazz Vocal Recording

Known as one of the best stride and swing pianists around, Judy Carmichael is near-equally renowned for her lively, intelligent radio show, Jazz Inspired. (Full disclosure: Transcriptions of conversations from that show are available at JazzTimes.com.) Carmichael’s vocal skills remain a tertiary source of...

Spider Saloff Sings Gershwin At The Ferguson July 16

Although she is far from a household name in the Hampton Roads area, the upcoming performance by Chicago based vocalist Spider Saloff promises to be a special evening for jazz vocal music  aficionados.  Saloff has been a fixture on the vibrant Chicago jazz vocal scene for me many years.   She has...

Diane Hubka – West Coast Strings

Diane Hubka’s newest release offers her ample opportunities for vocal jazz adventures amid the stimulating companionship of eight West Coast master guitarists. This far-ranging program of music follows up her critically acclaimed 2002 recording, You Inspire Me, (VSOJAZ) which featured the singer in the...

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...

When Mark Winkler, a quintessentially West Coast swinger, filled an album with Bobby Troup tunes a decade ago, it was a blissful marriage of hipster sensibilities. Winkler and Nyro seem stranger bedfellows-California Cool meets East Coast Boho-yet Winkler, a gifted writer himself, makes the union work...

Richmond’s Quartra Na Bossa

Richmond Virginia’s Quartra Na Bossa has just released their superb second recording “Bossa Nossa”.   Kevin Harding and Laura Ann Singh formed Quatro na Bossa in 2003. Drawing initially from early Brazilian bossa nova composers and performers, Quatro na Bossa’s repertoire has...

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