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The Artistry Of highlights, reflects, and celebrates. It mixes and shares language from different artistic disciplines; a musician is a poet; a singer’s voice is described as colorful, and an artist stuns and blinds your senses with the brilliance of their creative energy and expression.

Listen for The Artistry Of - Wednesday evenings in the third hour of Dinner Jazz on JAZZ.FM91.

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The Artistry of... Nina Simone

Nina Simone, I had an auntie who often wore her hair up in a scarf the same way as you often see Nina Simone in pictures. I thought she was the epitome of everything afro in those days before African American was the name of use. Dashikis and African artifacts and statues around her apartment made me feel like I had entered a room of some kind of cultural holiness.

The Artistry of... Joe Lovano

Saxophone man and composer Joe Lovano credits his father, Tony "Big T” Lovano, for starting him off as a player and band leader. As you might expect, it has paid off over the decades. Joe’s first encounters playing the saxophone were at age six. Imagine: small kid, large instrument, and music lessons.

The Artistry of... Monty Alexander

Monty Alexanderr floats like a jazzed up tropical butterfly and swings like no other. He is sometimes the whole band and other times as sweet as a most sugary confection from the land of his birth, Jamaica. The spicing with Caribbean rhythms and the staples of all-American jazz make the experience of listening to him as musically diverse as the out of one, many diaspora he is so much a part of… Like the melange of cuisines that come from the Caribbean to the appreciation and play with music that is true to the region Alexander’s artistry is what world music is all about.

The Artistry of... Christian Scott

Horn man Christian Scott artistically knows no boundaries.  And it’s not some lost, pie in the sky dream, it’s a feet firmly planted, getting it done exercise of pushing and trying, expressing and exploring.

The Artistry of... Sarah Vaughan

She could sing like she had the weight of a lifetime on her shoulders. She was affectionately known as both "Sassy" and "The Divine One," My father always called her the Divine Miss Sarah Vaughan.

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