Jazz Singers

Series produced by PRX

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This thirteen-hour series hosted by award-winning singer Al Jarreau illuminates every style of jazz vocal artistry. From The Smithsonian and PRX

What is jazz singing? Is it the blues-inspired vocals of a legendary singer like Billie Holiday? Or the spiritual sound of the church you hear from Mahalia Jackson? What about scat, bebop, or ballads?

This thirteen-hour series illuminates jazz vocal artistry of every style. Listeners will hear the music and voices of Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Kurt Elling and many more. Award-winning recording artist Al Jarreau hosts, taking listeners on a journey through the history of jazz singing -- from the era of the Great American Songbook in the 1930s and 1940s, to contemporary jazz infused with pop and rock.

Originally produced by The Smithsonian in 2001, this series had been re-packaged by PRX with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb for African American Music Appreciation Month in June.

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What is jazz singing? Is it the blues-inspired vocals of a legendary singer like Billie Holiday? Or the spiritual sound of the church you hear from Mahalia Jackson? What about scat, bebop, or ballads? This thirteen-hour series illuminates jazz vocal artistry of every style. Listeners will hear the music and voices of Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Kurt Elling and many more. Award-winning recording artist Al Jarreau hosts, taking listeners on a journey through the history of jazz singing -- from the era of the Great American Songbook in the 1930s and 1940s, to contemporary jazz infused with pop and rock. Originally produced by The Smithsonian in 2001, this series had been re-packaged by PRX with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb for... Show full description


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14 Pieces

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Over the years the blues has influenced countless jazz vocalists. In the program, Big Joe Turner, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Billie Holiday, Etta Jon...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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Jazz was born amidst revelry and ribaldry. Jazz vocals have, from the beginning, dealt with the earthier side of life. Artists such as Dakota Stato...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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From early spirituals to gospel to blues to jazz, singing as an expression of deep emotion evolved, with the various strains blending into each oth...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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The talents of jazz singing legends Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae, and Sarah Vaughan help us understand improvisa...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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Jazz singing is usually a very singular art, with individual artists fastidiously honing their deeply personal styles and approaches. But, there is...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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From Billie Holiday's soulful laments to Johnny Hartman's romantic ballads, jazz singers have used their interpretive powers to express the delight...

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  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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With comments from Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Murphy, and Kurt Elling, this program will trace the evolution of the in...

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  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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The best jazz singers are constantly searching for great songs, both old and new. Artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Allan Harris, ...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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Jazz singing has always benefited from the innovations and sensitivity of women...from trailblazers Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaugh...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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Jazz singers tell it like it really is. Today's singers and yesterday's tell of their experiences, joys, trials and tribulations performing this mo...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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This program examines jazz singing as a means of social protest. Artists such as Nnena Freelon, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, Al Hibb...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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Caption: Host Al Jarreau and producer Jacquie Gales Webb, Credit: Jacquie Gales Webb
Jazz music is an indigenous American art form, but if you listen closely you will hear elements of Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Carribean...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:04
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Is jazz singing alive and flourishing in this new century...bursting at the seams with both established artists and younger artists who bring diver...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 21
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This is 30 second promo for "Jazz Singers," a thirteen-hour series hosted by award-winning singer Al Jarreau. "Jazz Singers" illuminates every styl...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2022
  • Length: :30
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