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Rachael MacFarlane’s Hayley Sings

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Hayley Sings showcases 14 jazz, blues and Big band oldies from the 1960s and 1970s reimagined for more contemporary audience

Cindy Douglas’s My New Jive, and the Glamor of Jazz

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC+0)

Album showcases Cindy’s superb performance, her own unique and modern twist on swing and bebop classics

Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell

Posted April 28th, 2012 at 12:39 am (UTC+0)

Pianist and composer Bob Baldwin celebrates the music legacy of iconic songwriter Thom Bell

Grover Washington Jr.’s Just the Two of Us

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Many of Grover’s albums successfully proved that he was a new force in jazz, soul and R&B

Iconic American pianist Ahmad Jamal

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:54 pm (UTC+0)

Best-known for his distinctive piano improvisations, Jamal still plays music with the same energy, elegance and sophistication at the age of 82

Jazz Legend Nat King Cole and the Untamed Wild West

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 9:09 pm (UTC+0)
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Why banjo music reminds me of jazz icon Nat King Cole, the American Wild West, the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Marlboro Man?

John Pizzarelli and Ahmed el-Gebali, Two Brilliant Guitarists

Posted May 25th, 2011 at 4:41 pm (UTC+0)

American guitarist John Pizzarelli, a chip off the old block, and Egyptian guitarist Ahmed el-Gebali: What do they have in common?

Jon Metzger: Vibist, Composer, Educator and Jazz Ambassador

Posted April 27th, 2011 at 5:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Ask any Jon Metzger fan and they’ll tell you his music appeals to the heart. The majority of his compositions are relaxing

Elizabeth Taylor, The Shadow of Your Smile and Jack Sheldon’s Trumpet Solo

Posted April 1st, 2011 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)

My heart melts every time I listen to The Shadow of Your Smile. Besides the lyrics, the utterly brilliant solo by Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon brings nostalgia of love

Memory Lane: Brubeck’s Take Five

Posted February 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm (UTC+0)
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When I hosted Jazz Club USA, I was amazed to have so many requests from listeners in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Iraq to play ‘Take Five’ by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

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Diaa BekheetCairo native Diaa Bekheet has worked for a host of media outlets, including Radio Cairo in English, ETV News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur and the Associated Press. He joined VOA in Feb. 1989, hosting a variety of popular news and entertainment shows for the former Arabic Service such as Radio Ride Across America, Business Week, and Jazz Club USA. He has interviewed a number of Jazz celebrities, including the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. Diaa is currently an editor for our main English site,


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