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Sonny Rollins on the cover of John Abbott's Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.
December 3, 2010 Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead picks CDs, books and a DVD for the jazz lover on your list this holiday season. His selections include a book of Sonny Rollins photographs and music from the first season of the HBO series Treme.
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MC Lyte inspired Tell Me More producer Jamila Bey to pick up the mic as MC Me.
September 2, 2010 MC Lyte has been an inspiration to many, many women. Who inspires you?
July 15, 2009 After you slap some barbecue sauce on your menu items of choice — be they meat-based or sculpted out of tofu — it's time to toss everything on the grill, let the fire do its work, and get down with these grill-friendly jazz tunes.
February 11, 2008 Valentine's Day is great for lovers, but what about those who have loved and lost? Don't they deserve a Valentine's gift, too? Absolutely. Here are five deliciously heartbreaking songs of love lost by some of the greatest jazz singers of all time. You might be lonely, but you're not alone.
August 29, 2004 Before her death at 39 in 1963, singer Dinah Washington battled her seven husbands, her weight and even her fans. But when she sang, nothing else mattered. Biographer Nadine Cohodas talks about Washington's life and music.
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August 1, 2001 With her diverse singing style, Dinah Washington had an influence on many R&B and jazz singers, particularly Nancy Wilson and Esther Phillips. In 1954, she recorded perhaps her most memorable live jam session, with Clifford Brown. The result was Dinah Jams, which also includes solos by flügelhornist Clark Terry.
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August 1, 2001 Capable of singing blues, R&B, jazz, and pop, Dinah Washington touched the jazz world with her gritty, salty vocals. Her album, Unforgettable, contains the hit, "This Bitter Earth." According to jazz commentator Murray Horwitz, the album conjures up 1960s images of supper clubs, cocktail dresses, and suits with skinny ties.
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