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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Relaxin' With The Sunday Jazz Brunch Air Date: 6/23/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET Although that looks like a nice winter holiday scene, I would like you to focus on the phone in th e picture above. Put aside the nice steaming coffee, the glowing fireplace, the cozy slippers, and - oh yeah, by the way - don't worry about the actual temperature in triple digits outside your window. Yes, it is the phone that we are concentrating on. Because come Sunday, June 23, you will need to use that phone to pledge support to WICN. There are two ways to do so: Call between 8am and noon, at 508-752-0700. A friendly volunteer will take your pledge. Visit our website www.wicn.org and click the DONATE NOW link at the top of the page. Or, just go directly to that page with this link: donate here . It couldn't be easier.   Assuming you dig jazz and enjoy all the what we bring you every day, and especially on the Sunday Jazz Brunch, then I hope you can support us
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Musician's Corner: Jacqui Naylor Air Date: 6/16/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT HERE Jacqui Naylor is an artist with wide-ranging and eclectic influences -- for example: Billie Holiday, June Christy, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, Carole King, and Sheryl Crow. How's that for a list? She slips easily from jazz to folk rock to adult alternative. To be honest I only know anything about the first item in this list, and I can say that as a jazz singer she is an original and quite good.And I really like the other material as well! ................................................................................................................................................. Tune in at 9:30 am ET  to hear this edition of Musician's Corner.  ................................................................................................................................................. Her latest album, Treasures o
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Sunday's Playlist Air Date: 6/9/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning Lauren Henderson\Sombras 2024\Seasons Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\Solare Andy Ezrin\I Was Here 2024\If I Don't See You Eric Alexander-Eric Alexander With Strings-02 Dreamsville 2019 Jo Harrop-The Path of a Tear 2024-01 Beautiful Fools Noah Haidu\Standards 2023\Old Folks Lucy Wijnands & John Di Martino-Call Me Irresponsible 2022-02 Deep In A Dream Yosef Gutman Levitt\The World and Its People 2024\he World and Its People Kelly Green\Seems Green Soul Studios 2024\Try Your Wings Blue Moods\Swing & Soul 2024\Gaslight Remy Le Boeuf\Heartland Radio  2024\Little Song Lauren White\Making it Up as We Go Along 2024\I'm Glad There is You HOUR TWO: New For You Win Pongsakorn\Time Has Changed 2024\003 Hummingbirds at Balata Garden Lucy Wijnands & John Di Martino-Call Me Irresponsible 2022-03 Suddenly It's Spring Champian Ful
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Musician's Corner: Lori Bell Air Date: 6/2/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT HERE She was nominated for a Grammy in 1983 for Best New Artist, and again in 2002 for her self-titled CD released on the Beeswax label. It is with the latter CD, Lori Bell , that this story begins, for me anyway. That's the first CD from the artist that entered our library, and the first music that I heard. Wow! Honestly, I had never heard flute playing like that, so smooth and mellifluous,  the band exceedingly tight, the sound engineering excellent. A great CD - I remember playing it quite a bit back then. ................................................................................................................................................. Tune in at 9:30 am ET  to hear this edition of Musician's Corner.  ..................................................................................................................................
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Behn Gillece Air Date: 5/26/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET I recall during a show years ago when a local musician friend of mine (pianist Lou Terriociano for those in the Worcester, MA area) called to ask me to play some vibes music. He was a bit upset that he didn't hear enough of the instrument on the airwaves. It was easy for me to oblige, as there have always been a number of superb jazz vibes players throughout the years. Like Gary Burton, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke, and Warren Wolfe, for example. Add Behn Gillece to that list. Mr. Gillece has just released his seventh album as a leader, Stick Together.   Featured are pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Rudy Royston. "The album title, Stick Together, embodies a dual meaning," says Mr. Gillece. "While some may perceive it as a reference to the sticks used in playing vibraphone or drums, the essence lies in the unity and cohesion of
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Jacky Terrasson Air Date: 5/19/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET Here's a pianist and his trio whose material I always eagerly await: Jacky Terrasson. The last release was in 2019, the album 53 . So it's been five years, and now we have his new CD Moving On . Here are my main takeaways for this artist.  First, he almost always has at least one track that really stands out on any particular release, for me, anyway. To mention a couple, I'd say Baby Plum from his 1995 release Reach is one, and The Dolphin from his 2002 release Smile is another. Second, when he records with vocalists, they are usually pretty interesting ones. For example, his work with Cassandra Wilson on the 1997 CD Rendevous was actually where I first heard the dark voice of Ms. Wilson.  Another CD in this category would be the 2005 tribute to Burt Bachrach and Hal David, Close To You, with relatively unknown, but quite talented, vocalist Rigmor Gustafsson. Now we have his new
The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Sunday's Playlist Air Date: 5/12/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning Roy Hargrove Quintet-With the Tenors of Our Time-09 Across the Pond 1994 Robert Glasper-Canvas-09 North Portland (2005) Robin McKelle\Impressions of Ella 2023\Soon Samara Joy-Samara Joy 2021-07 It;s Eas to See Roditi Ignatzek Rassinfosse-Light In The Dark-10 Placid Moon 2005 Shirley Horn-Here's To Life-03 How Am I To Know 1992 Something Blue-Maximum Enjoyment-03 Stunts And Twists 2019 Stan Hope-Pastels 1999-07 Pastels Willie Morris\Attentive Listening 2024\La Mesha Lauren White\Making it Up as We Go Along 2024\I'm Glad There is You Jun Iida\Evergreen 2024\Love Theme From Spartacus Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\Being Alive HOUR TWO: New For You Jocelyn Gould-Sonic Bouquet 2023-03 My Foolish Heart Blue Moods\Swing & Soul 2024\Each Time I Think of You Remy Le Boeuf with the Assembly of Shadows - Heartland Radio 2024\\Heartland Radio  
The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Sunday's Playlist Air Date: 5/5/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning Behn Gillece\Stick Together 2024\Lazy September Steve Kuhn with Strings-Promises Kept-06-Adagio Shirley Horn-Here's To Life-07 Return To Paradise 1992 Alan Pasqua\Day Dream 2020\When I Grow Too Old to Dream Yosef Gutman Levitt\The World and Its People 2024\Awakening Jacky Terrasson-Reach-03 Baby Plum 1995 Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\Thinkin About the Rain Kandace Springs\Run Your Race 2024\My Poor Heart Kenny Burrell-Stormy Monday Blues 2001-04 (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over Art Hirahara-Open Sky 2021-13 Nightfall Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\Look for the Silver Lining HOUR TWO: New For You Jacky Terrasson\Moving On 2024\Enfin Behn Gillece\Stick Together 2024\Changing My Day Abena Koomson-Davis\Where is Love 2024\Where is Love Lori Bell Quartet-Recorda  Me, Remembering Joe Henderson 2024-04 Serenity Jacqui Naylor-Treasure
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Musician's Corner: Francesco Cataldo Air Date: 4/28/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT HERE Where does inspiration come from? It does seem rather mysterious. Last week Tony Monaco told us about how inspiration comes from anywhere - it just comes. And I would say that would be the consensus. But still, those of us who are scientifically oriented (i.e. inquiring minds want to know) think there must be some factors involved that we could study and try to understand. My guest on Musician's Corner this week tells us that there is a good case to be made that love has something to do with it. Any kind of love, be it romantic love, love of humanity, love of country, love of your pet. Francesco Cataldo is a composer, pianist, and guitarist. In this episode, he tells a story about walking down a street, and something happens. But first - the street is in Sicily, and it is a beautiful day, the sun is shining, ships are sailing on the spark
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents Musician's Corner: Tony Monaco Air Date: 4/21/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT HERE If I were to comment about something you did by saying that you are 'pulling out all the stops,' you would certainly know what I mean.  However, if I were to say that about Tony Monaco, it might just mean that he's got his Hammond B3 organ set up just the way he wants, to get just the right sound at just the right time. Except, on the Hammond B3, the stops are called drawbars . This is not a classic jazz instrument. Originally intended to replace large, unwieldy church organs with a cheaper and more portable alternative, the Hammond B3 was first used in gospel, soul, and R&B. Then, along came a man who would become Tony Monaco's mentor: Jimmy Smith. Jimmy Smith is generally considered to be the man who brought the B3 a place of respect in the jazz world, treating the instrument as a regular part of a jazz combo rather than as a
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents New Female Vocal Jazz Air Date: 4/14/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET As I mentioned earlier, we are in a wave. Last week I talked about some of the instrumental releases that have come in. Now I would like to mention a few of the vocal releases we have received. Interestingly, they are all female vocalists. Cyrille Aimée In previous releases, French-born vocalist Cyrille Aimée has covered songs written by popular composers. Photo by Drew Boudreaux In this new CD, however, we have all originals. Here she sings her own lyrics, with her own melodies and arrangements. She is accompanied by New York composer and multi-instrumentalist Jake Sherman. "I’ve been writing forever, but this album is my real birth as a songwriter. Six years ago, I found out I was pregnant as I traveled to Costa Rica. I spent a week there, surrounded by the teeming life of the jungle, knowing I had to have an abortion when I returned home." She continues: "I wrote the son
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The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents New Instrumentals Air Date: 4/7/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET I've always said that good jazz comes in waves. Well, we are in a wave right now. We are getting in some really great releases. It was a bit slow at the beginning of the year but it has really picked up.  I'd like to talk about some of the fine instrumental CDs that have been released. There are also a ton of new vocal albums, all female vocalists for some reason. I'm planning to highlight the vocalists next week. Charles Lloyd What an interesting musician with such a unique sound on the tenor saxophone.  His latest CD is The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow, released on his 86th birthday, March 15. Some have said that this  ensemble is the most impressive yet in a long list of collaborators, with Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade (cool name!) on the new CD. I am finding this hard to believe, but I read somewhere that this is the first time the three have played togethe