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  • Vocalist Annie Ross On "To Lady With Love": Listen Now

    October 13, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Vocalist Annie Ross talks with Michael Bourne about "To Lady With Love," her CD tribute to Billie Holiday. She performs Oct. 14 at New York's Metropolitan Room at 7 and 9:30 p.m. with guitarists Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli and other guests to celebrate the album's release. Enjoy!

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  • Vocalist Annie Ross

    October 11, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    You can hear the life of Annie Ross in her singing.  She's … lived.  Just like her friend and inspiration Billie Holiday.  Lady In Satin was Billie's penultimate album and is one of the most deeply emotional albums ever made.  You also can hear in Billie's voice how much she's … lived.  I know some who can't listen to Lady in Satin — too painful.  Others have said it's Billie's greatest album.   Annie's new album, To Lady With Love, includes mostly songs from that album, and also Annie's poem for Lady Day.  Her "band" on the album: Pizzarelli pere et fils.  Bucky and John on the guitars.  We'll talk about Billie and singing and … life when Annie Ross joins me this Sunday (10/12) at noon on Singers Unlimited.

  • Behind Wynton Marsalis' Afro-Cuban 'Ochas' Suite

    October 9, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Percussionists Clemente Medina, Román Diaz and Pedrito Martinez perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba.

    Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.

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