A New Era for Jazz Vocalists
Vocalist Samara Joy won in the category of Best New Artist at this year’s 65th annual Grammy Awards. She also won Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2023’s “Linger Awhile,” in the company of Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carmen Lundy, and legends The Manhattan Transfer. Joy sings standards in her own genuine way, providing hope for tradition as a foundation among jazz listeners and educators at-large. This week, we’ll hear new and recent recordings from today’s leading jazz vocalists, including Joy, Salvant, Becca Stevens, Veronica Swift, and more.
The Soul Sound of Shirley Scott
Born March 14, 1934, in Philadelphia, PA, organist Shirley Scott ranks among the greatest Hammond B3 players in jazz. Scott's sound is rooted in gospel, blues, bebop, and soul, with nearly fifty recordings as a bandleader and dozens as a collaborator with saxophonists Stanley Turrentine and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis on labels Prestige, Impulse, and Blue Note, to name a few. Hear why Scott's moniker remains Queen of the Organ, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
The Impact of Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland introduced radio listeners to a myriad of the world’s finest piano players as the host of National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz. It’s the longest-running cultural program on NPR, with 33 years of archived interviews and on-air duets. McPartland also recorded numerous albums as a pianist and bandleader, and we'll hear from a wide variety of those recordings this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
The Timeless Vocals of Sarah Vaughan
This week, we'll hear recordings from one of the most beloved voices in jazz since the late 1940's. The multi-talented Sarah Vaughan was originally billed with Billy Eckstine's band as a pianist, but soon became the vocalist before taking off on her own during the dawn of be-bop. From Vaughan's rise to stardom to her final years, we'll hear decades of recordings this week from whom critic Gary Giddins called "the voice that happens once in a lifetime, perhaps once in several lifetimes."