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Dianne Reeves

22 hours ago

Dianne Reeves has been one of the top singers in jazz ever since the late '80s. A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae (although even she can't reach the impossible heights of Ella and Sarah Vaughan), Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer. She was a talented vocalist with an attractive voice even as a teenager when she sang and recorded with her high school band.

Toshiko Akiyoshi

Mar 23, 2017
Photo: Yoshi Ono

As an arranger, Toshiko Akiyoshi (influenced originally by Gil Evans and Thad Jones) has been particularly notable for incorporating elements of traditional Japanese music into her otherwise bop-ish charts. A strong (and underrated) pianist in the Bud Powell tradition, Akiyoshi was born in China but moved to Japan in 1946. She played locally (Sadao Watanabe was among her sidemen) and, after being noticed and encouraged by Oscar Peterson, studied at Berklee during 1956-1959.

Roberta Gambarini

Mar 22, 2017

Throughout the month of March, KUVO celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing the contributions of notable women from the past who have impacted music. We will also be spotlighting women of the present who are actively creating memorable music today.

Carmen Sandim

Mar 21, 2017
Photo: Susan Gatschet

Carmen Sandim began studying the piano at age seven. A native of Brazil, she performed with the Sao Paulo Youth Symphony and won two national competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano performance categories by the age of seventeen. She moved to the US in 1996 to continue her training at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was taught by Vuk Kulenovich, Hal Crook, Ed Tomasi, among others.

Vinyl Vault: The Crusaders |Chain Reaction

Mar 20, 2017

This week on the Vinyl Vault it’s the 1975 album from The Crusaders, “Chain Reaction.” One of the more popular and well known Crusaders albums, the record is solid throughout with the classic front line of Wilton Felder on sax and Wayne Henderson on trombone creating that classic Crusaders sound. Joe Sample, Stix Hooper and Larry Carlton round out the band. This one is a mid-70s fusion/funk/soul classic. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Night Beat host Geoff Anderson on Tuesday at 8:30pm on KUVO/kuvo.org.