BlueNotes

For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

The BlueNotes blog is the place for you to rekindle your passion for music.  Jazz, blues, AAA, folk, world...it's all here at Syracuse Public Media WAER.

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11:04 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Summer Concert Tickets Scarce and Expensive

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Catching your favorite acts in concert this summer is proving to be an expensive endeavor.
It looks like the Rolling Stones are indeed on a roll with touring this year, commanding almost $8 million so far, according to PollStar, which tracks industry data. But other entertainment offerings also are doing well. (CNN) -- If someone in your house is mad for One Direction, get ready to lay out some serious cash.
Music Review
10:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Jacqui Naylor - A Voice We Like

Jacqui Naylor East/West

What was the most recent CD (album) you listened to all the way through, and then said to yourself - "hey - I wanna listen to that again, right now" - ?  For me, it's the second CD in vocalist Jacqui Naylor's 2-CD release, "Live East / West" (2005 Ruby Star Records). On the second CD, recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. Jacqui performs some sweet originals, especially her love song to San Francisco, "City By the Bay," plus several intriguing covers.

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Live Music
10:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Jazz Fest Night 2 Highlights

Retro-funk group, Sophistafunk, shows why they are a regional favorite.
Joe Lee

Despite the rain on Saturday, hardcore jazz fans showed up to Jamesville Beach for some magical moments.  Here's what you missed if you stayed away.

New Music
8:49 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Aaron Neville "My True Story" Review

Aaron Neville "My True Story"
Credit aaronneville.com

One way I rate music is - after I hear a song (or songs), do I wanna hear that song again. A few days ago, I checked Aaron Neville's recent CD, "My True Story", out of the Petit Library, and I'm on my 7th listen to the whole CD...  actually, I've lost count of how many times I've listened.  And on most all the songs, I'm singin' along... ha ha ha ... This disc, co-produced by Keith Richards and Don Was, features Neville and an excellent group of back-up singers lovingly interpreting 13 of Neville's favorite oldies and doowop songs.

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9:21 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Blues Man Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dead at 83

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Blues and soul balladeer Bobby 'Blue' Bland died on Sunday in Memphis.
Bobby (Blue) Bland, the debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues, died on Sunday in Memphis. He was 83. The cause was complications from an ongoing illness, The Associated Press reported, quoting his son Rodd.

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