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Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna

Perhaps least known among contemporary jazz’s great voice-piano duos, with 25 years of shared history, Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach are also masters of delayed gratification. The Duo Session, their first album as coleaders, was recorded in 1992 but not released until 13 years later. This overdue reunion was recorded in Beirach’s adopted hometown of … Read More “Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna

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Laurie Antonioli: Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: The Music of Joni Mitchell

As is common knowledge among even casual Joni Mitchell fans, around the mid-1970s her passion for jazz became increasingly integral to her work; that passion escalated through the ’80s and included collaborations with Mingus, Jaco, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. So, at first blush, it seems odd that as jazz-savvy a vocalist as Laurie Antonioli … Read More “Laurie Antonioli: Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: The Music of Joni Mitchell”

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Laurie Antonioli: American Dreams

It’s ironic, really, that one of America’s foremost jazz vocal instructors is comparatively little known as a jazz vocalist. It’s equally ironic that so exceptional a jazz teacher garnered her training less from formal classes than from studying three masters: Nancy King, Mark Murphy and Pony Poindexter. Her work as an educator began in 2002 … Read More “Laurie Antonioli: American Dreams”

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