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Sunday Jazz Corner

Sunday Jazz Corner with Jimmie Lunceford

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Jimmie Lunceford is the odd man out in jazz history. This bandleader made no waves with his musicianship – his preferred… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Etta James

The one and only Etta James.  It is sad to think we have just only recently lost Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins)  on January 20, 2012.  She was born January 25, 1938 and she died five days before her birthday on which… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Fats Waller

King of the stride, Fats Waller was a colorful comedic personality and jazz legend in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Waller was an influential pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Lalah Hathaway

The apple does not fall far from the tree.  A few weeks ago we featured the legendary Donny Hathaway on our Sunday Jazz Corner and in it we briefly mentioned his daughter Lalah.  This week it is all about Lalah… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Cab Calloway

Let’s go back in time to a different era and take a look at old Harlem with the sounds of Jazz vocalist Cab Calloway.  Born on December 25, 1907, in Rochester, New York, after a short period in Chicago he… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Rachelle Ferrell

For those who don’t know, you need to know.  For those who do know, you don’t need me telling you why Rachelle Ferrell is so respected and admired by all of our musical greats and in the jazz community.  There… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Donny Hathaway

A Song For You, was written by Leon Russell in 1970 and is considered an American classic.  Many performers have sung this song, from jazz icons to pop superstar Elton John.  But nobody has sang it quite like Donny Hathaway…. Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington’s last words were, “Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered”.  He was an American composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader with a career that spanned more than 50 years.  Ellington led his orchestra from 1923… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the “Queen of Jazz“.   An American jazz vocalist with impeccable diction, phrasing and a vocal range spanning three octaves.  She would create and change the notes spontaneously with an effortless improvisational style in perfect… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Al Jarreau, George Benson & Jill Scott

What do you get when you mix Jill Scott, Al Jarreau and George Benson together?  One of the best versions of the jazz classic “God Bless The Child” in the last decade.  How can you go wrong with these music… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  He was one of the most famous musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Sarah Vaughan

Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.” Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) was born on March 17, 1919 and passed away on February 15, 1965.  He first was known as a leading jazz pianist but went on to be widely noted and adored for his soft, baritone… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Billie Holiday

Pure Jazz perfection.  Billie Holiday singing the blues live in this video version of Fine and Mellow with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Vic Dickenson and Roy Eldridge.  You can see Billie’s talent and vocal gift of… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Nina Simone

This version of  “Strange Fruit” by Nina Simone channels what many feel during racial times from years gone by to current controversial issues such as the Trayvon Martin shooting.  See the link below for the lyrics (controversial to many) and… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Chet Baker

This week we celebrate two versions of My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker.  The first, his classic studio recording which in my opinion was one of the best versions of My Funny Valentine ever recorded.  The second shows footage of… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Gil Scott-Heron – Is That Jazz?

Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz and soul, musician, and author, known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 1980s.  With a wide range of diverse fans he delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles.  He referred to… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Gregory Porter

Bringing us his true talent singing a flawless live version of On My Way To Harlem in Paris on June 2, 2012.  This original song from his latest album “Be Good” (available on iTunes) takes on  a whole new life… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Chaka Khan

This week we feature Chaka Khan in our Sunday Jazz Corner video.  Chaka is the one and only champion of voice.  Though many have tried to come close to her God given talent, she remains untouchable.  Here is a video… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Shirley Horn

The best of the best in the business will solute to the legendary Shirley Horn and her true talent. “Here’s To Life” with it’s sparse production and Shirley’s flawless vocals is a great way to start your Sunday. Here’s to… Continue Reading →

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