SatinJazz is an online radio station, licensed and broadcasting through Live365 and iTunes.  Our specialized genre is female jazz vocal.

 

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You can listen from any PC or Mac through iTunes.  Look for SatinJazz in the Jazz section under “Internet”.

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Sometimes I need to be hit over the head with a double bass to get me to notice the obvious, and if Nicki Parrott was wielding that double bass as well as she plays it and sings, that would be a well executed and deserved blow.  I can’t explain why I hadn’t discovered Ms Parrott’s catalogue before last month, when I first playlisted Pick Yourself Up from her collaboration with drummer Eddie Metz, Jr. and pianist Rossano Sportiello on “It’s a Good Day” (Arbors Records, February 2014; ARCD: 19431).

Nicki Parrott’s career began in her native Australia, and has continued and gone on from strength to strength in the US.  A look at her bio shows that the long list of those she has learned from and performed with is a glittering who’s who of jazz, including legends such as Les Paul.  I’ve been playlisting more tracks from her other albums and compilations, including those shown here, and I’ll continue to add more soon.

This interview includes Nicki Parrott performing Fever, self-accompanied.

 

Nicki Parrott links

Official site:  www.nickiparrott.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nickiparrott
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCahiZLCnOM-E-u9kB_OJH_w?feature=watch

Ooroo records – publisher of her “The Best of Venus: Volume One” compilation – a great introduction to Nicki Parrott’s work, comprising excellent selections from her Venus Records catalogue.

www.ooroorecords.com

Happy New Year… and it’s a happy second birthday for SatinJazz. Regular listeners who glance at the album covers may have noticed the “New on SatinJazz” logo.  NEWBUT I’ve been using this to indicate music being played for the first time on the station.  The logo stays on new tracks for about a month.

Next week, I’ll be augmenting the usual playlists with a regular themed hour-long set, with a different topic each time.  Of course, all tracks in these sets will still be in the Female Jazz Vocal genre, but they will all share some theme in common.  I’ll post the schedule here and on the Live365 station page, once I work out some logistics :D

I really appreciate everyone who tunes in, and I hope this year is a great one for you and your friends and families.

Wishing good luck to all Grammy nominees, especially those we play on SatinJazz!  We currently play 3 of the 5 nominated Best Jazz Vocal Albums.

The Tierney Sutton Band’s “American Road” is nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  Also, the track “On Broadway” is nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist”!

 

 

Terri Lyne Carrington and her large of ensemble of talented musicians are nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for “The Mosaic Project”!

 

 

Karrin Allyson’s “‘Round Midnight” is also nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”!

 

This week, SatinJazz reached its first “birthday”.  If you’re a non-VIP listener, you may have noticed that since just before Christmas you would no longer be hearing many advertisements on the SatinJazz station.  I’ve been trialling a new method of broadcasting the stream which allows it to run without ads for all listeners.  It has been mostly successful, so I’m committing to continue to run in 2012 as much as possible without ads.

VIP listeners still have the advantage of being able to tune in at any time, even if the “free listener slots” are full.  They can also use the desktop player,  get no website or mobile player banner ads, can listen from devices such as WD TV Live, etc., and they also support this station and the artists we play. 

Yet again, it’s far too long since I wrote an update, but fear not: I’m still adding fresh music to SatinJazz every week.

Here’s another infrequent update on recent (and not-so-recent!) additions to the SatinJazz playlists.  Since the last update back in July, I have added tracks from over one hundred new albums (new to SatinJazz, at least, but also some brand new releases), and many tracks from artists I hadn’t featured before (in bold).

Coming this week, brand new music from The Tierney Sutton Band’s new album, American Road.

July 2011

Anita O’Day Mello’day
Ann Hampton Callaway At Last

Blues in the Night
Carmen McRae Nice Work If You Can Get It
Holly Cole Trio Girl Talk
Jacqueline Dankworth Detour Ahead
Jen Chapin Revisions: The Songs of Stevie Wonder
Jessica Molaskey Pentimento
Lizz Wright The Orchard
Nikki Yanofsky Live In Montreal (DVD)
Nnenna Freelon Soulcall

Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder
Patricia Barber Modern Cool

The Cole Porter Mix

Verse
Stacey Kent In Love Again
Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project
Tierney Sutton Dancing in the Dark
Tina Harrod Worksongs

August 2011

Bob Belden When the Doves Cry: The Music of Prince
Cassandra Wilson The Great Ladies of Jazz
Catherine Russell Inside This Heart of Mine
Chiara Civello Last Quarter Moon
Christine Hitt You’d Be Nice to Come Home To
Christy Baron Take This Journey
Claire Martin Offbeat – Live at Ronnie Scott’s Club
Claudia Acuna Rhythm of Life
Coco’s Lunch A Whole New Way Of Getting Dressed
Dee Dee Bridgewater Live at Yoshi’s
Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth
Diana Ross Blue
Diane Schuur Love Songs
Eileen Hunter Eileen Hunter
Elixir First Seed Ripening
Etta James The Essential Etta James
Flying Neutrinos, The I’d Rather Be in New Orleans
Grace Knight Stormy Weather
Imelda May Mayhem
Jane Monheit Live at the Rainbow Room
Jeri Brown Firm Roots
Karrin Allyson Round Midnight

Azure-Te
Kathy Kosins Vintage
Laura Fygi Live at Ronnie Scott’s
Linda Ronstadt Hummin’ to Myself
Lizz Wright Fellowship
Lorraine Feather Such Sweet Thunder: Music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Nicky Crayson Daydream
Nnenna Freelon Live
Patricia Barber Companion
Penelope Sai Evening Falls
Raya Yarbrough Raya Yarbrough
Rosemary Clooney Greatest Hits
Girl Singer
Sara Lazarus Give Me the Simple Life
Sarah Moule A Lazy Kind Of Love

It s A Nice Thought
Shirley Horn The Main Ingredient
Tina May I’ll Take Romance
Vanessa Rubin I’m Glad There Is You: A Tribute to Carmen McRae

September 2011

Carola Carola
Cassandra Wilson Belly of the Sun
Deborah Cox Destination Moon
Erin Dickins Nice Girls
Jeanine Mackie the night we called it a day
Katie Melua Call off the Search

Piece by Piece
Katie Noonan Before Time Could Change Us
Kellylee Evans Nina
Mary Stallings Spectrum
Maxine Sullivan Uptown
Paul McNamara Trio The Paul McNamara Trio
Ranee Lee The Musicals: Jazz on Broadway
Sara Moule A Lazy Kind of Love
Sheila Jordan Heart Strings
Shirley Eikhard Going Home
Stacey Kent Breakfast On the Morning Tram
Sweet Baby J’ai Evolution
The Passion One Good Reason
Nora Jones Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

October 2011

Anita Harris Quartet Moments In Time
Cassandra Wilson Blue Skies
Cecile Verny Amoureuse
Charmaine Clamor Something Good
China Moses This One’s for Dinah
Cindy Scott Major to Minor
Connie Lansberg High Expectations
Deborah Pearl Souvenir Of You
Janet Klein Paradise Wobble
Jeri Brown April in Paris
Luciana Souza Tide
Michelle Samuels Across a Crowded Room
Susan Krebs What Am I Here For
Tina Arena Songs of Love & Loss
Tina May Time Will Tell

Dee Dee Bridgewater is featured on the cover of this month’s Daeida magazine.

You can read the article online here.  (flick through to page 32) There are some great photos and an extensive interview.

 

 

I’ll soon be adding tracks from Live at Yoshi’s (2010) and Red Earth (2007) to SatinJazz.

It’s been a little too long since my last update.  Although things outside SatinJazz have been keeping me very busy, I’ve still been adding new tracks.  You can find some brief notes on the recent additions below.  As always, I’d enjoy hearing from you whether you have a suggestion, any technical questions, or just to say hello – just send me a shout-out from the station page or simply send me an email directly at the following address:   

And while I’m at it, a big hello to a listener in Bethel, Alaska who recently dropped me a line.  I’m really glad you’re enjoying the music, thanks so much for your kind words!

I’ve got more CDs arriving in the coming weeks, so I’ll be sure to add the best tracks into the mix on SatinJazz as quickly as I can.

And on to the recent additions….

Love is… The Tender Trap  –  Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent has a unique voice, and you may have already heard the French language tracks I have been playing from her Raconte-Moi… album.  The somewhat more accessible tracks on this recording (at least, perhaps, for the Anglophones among us)  consist mainly of jazz standards such as the Gershwins’ They All Laughed, and Cole Porter’s In the Still of the Night.  This album was Stacey Kent’s second, recorded in 1997.

If you enjoy the Stacey Kent tracks, stay tuned for more music from her albums. I’ll soon be adding tracks from her 2007 album, In Love Again, featuring the music of Richard Rogers (Manhattan, It Might as Well be Spring).

If you like watching YouTubes, have a look at this duet in which Ms Kent sings The Waters of March with 90’s pop/folkstress Suzanne Vega.  It isn’t the best pairing I’ve seen (to put it mildly) as Vega is clearly not as familiar with the song and seems to be outside her comfort zone, but Kent carries the performance very nicely.

 

Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor - Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald hails from the Netherlands, and this is a more pop and R&B flavoured kind of jazz.  The production gives the tracks a very “retro” sound, which can be overdone at times.  I’m currently playing That Man, Dr Wanna Do, and A Night Like This, but I’ll be substituting other tracks from this album soon, including Back It Up.

 

 

 

Some Other Time – Diane Schuur

I’m loving Diane Schuur’s 2008 album of songs, currently playing Nice Work if You can Get it, Blue Skies, and others.  Expect to hear more from Schuur’s earlier albums soon, such as Friends For Schuur and Schuur Fire.

(And let’s be thankful she’s given up on the “sure” puns.)

 

Shaking Free – Nnenna Freelon

What a force Nnenna Freelon is.  This marvellous singer started recording late in life, but she came out of the blocks sprinting.  This is one of her early albums (1996) although I have already been featuring tracks from her 2005 outing Blueprint of a Lady.

Check out the YouTube of her performance of Straighten Up and Fly Right from the 2001 Grammys telecast with Take 6!  I’ll be featuring tracks from other albums such as Soulcall, Tales of Wonder, and “Live” very soon.

 The Aussies

I’ve been finding more and more albums local Australian artists, many of whom have been signed recently by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, bless their cotton socks. I’ll prepare a separate post about these albums later this week.  In the mean time listen out for Sarah McKenzie, Michelle Nicolle, and Lucinda (Peters).  I hope you keep enjoying the music on SatinJazz.

 

 

I recently upgraded our SatinJazz radio stream from 96kbps mp3pro to 128kbps mp3.  For VIP listeners this should be similar quality as before.  For free listeners (or VIPs not using mp3pro players) you are receiving a better quality sound than before.

I’ve got new tracks coming this week, from artists such as the Puppini Sisters, Esperenza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and new tracks from our regularly featured artists such as Norah Jones, Claire Martin, and Holly Cole.

I love to hear from SatinJazz listeners.  You can leave a comment on here or send a “shout out” from the SatinJazz.com station page (down the bottom).