May 28, 2019. Mary Stallings sounds great—for any age, but, particularly, for hers. She’ll be 80 in August. This could be because she took so many years away from being a jazz singer, disillusioned by music business politics, to focus on raising her daughter, R&B singer Adriana Evans.

As an 11-year-old in Lagos, Nigeria, Douyé promised her dying father she’d one day sing the music he played for her as a child—jazz. After two well-received R&B records, the versatile vocalist (pronounced Doe-Yay) honored that promise, making her jazz debut with 2017’s Daddy Said So. Now, with Quatro, Douye’s diving into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook to honor the ancestral roots that she shares with bossa nova.

Praised for their "exquisite blending" and "weightless accuracy," (The Washington Post) the three singers of Trio Eos visited WRTI's Performance Studio on Tuesday, May 7th, in advance of their appearance with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, to sing highlights from Piffaro's concert of Renaissance music celebrating love, lust, and life. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

April 23, 2019. South Jersey’s Paul Jost had a long career as an instrumentalist before debuting as a vocalist with 2014’s aptly named Breaking Through. In the newly released follow-up to that debut, Simple Life, Jost shows that he’s blown way past “getting the hang of this singing thing” on his way to positively reveling in it.

Christopher Andrew McDonald

Philadelphia-based vocalist Laurin Talese had one heck of a year in 2018. Her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos (2016), was our Jazz Album of the Week back in December—an achievement sufficient, no doubt, to make anyone’s year.

Lili Anel

Since guitarist and Philadelphia-native Jef Lee Johnson’s passing in 2013, Lili Añel has taken it upon herself to keep Jef Lee’s memory alive the best way she knows how—by playing his music.

April 8, 2019. Raised in Spanish Harlem, singer/songwriter and guitarist Lili Añel has always remained connected to, but never bound by, musical roots in Latin jazz. That Añel’s output over the past two-plus decades has been, progressively, more and more musically diverse is a testament to this.

February 18, 2019. On Move On: A Sondheim Adventure, Cyrille Aimée’s ninth album, we get one of contemporary jazz’s most distinctive voices without the band we've come to strongly associate with her sound. Though longtime fans of Cyrille's trademark gypsy swing needn't despair—the Django Reinhardt influence is still present, nowhere more so than on "So Many People," where Aimée is joined by longtime collaborator, the superb French guitarist, Adrien Moignard.

Brontosaurus Records

February 4, 2019. There are great instrumentalists who are adequate vocalists and terrific singers who can play a few notes, but it’s rare to find an artist who does both—play and sing—with virtuosity. Cuban-born flutist and vocalist, Magela Herrera, is one of these musical unicorns. In her debut album as a leading lady, Explicaciones, Herrera lets her versatile musicianship do all the necessary explanation.


December 26, 2018. The ever-versatile Laurin Talese has been a familiar name in the music community since attending Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. After sharing stages with prominent musicians in many different genres, Laurin created a gift for jazz lovers – an album of originals and some familiar tunes called Gorgeous Chaos.