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By Doug Hall   Often in jazz, when identifying the soaring range or virtuosity or power of a vocalist, these gifts are accepted as a skill set that is necessary to impart the depth and complication of song material. Through 1930s to her death in 1959, Billie Holiday, singing within a vocal range of barely […]

Common in the jazz world–and the wider music industry, to be sure–there are personal story arcs that are dramatically tragic, until the musician manages to rebound and reestablish their career. But if any one musician could carry a legacy that contradicted his early youthful Hollywood-handsome visage that hid a host of darker emotions, Chet Baker […]

“Swing” in jazz, for the audience on a dance floor, is often described as an emotional response, with foot-tapping, dancing to a rhythm and a propulsive “feel” to the beat. There is no greater contributor or bandleader for this big-band sound than the legendary Count Basie – jazz pianist, arranger and major influencer of this […]

The evolution of spiritual jazz began with elements of free jazz, avant-garde jazz, and modal jazz, cited by jazz critics to have been heavily influenced by John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1965). The range of musicians reimagining their interpretations of jazz music following this seminal release stretches across generations of players. There are a number […]

By Doug Hall, WICN Contributing Writer     Julian Lage – Love Hurts (Official Video) – YouTube     When a younger, established guitar phenomenon has a wide band of inclusion with other varied guitarists, including Jim Hall, Nels Cline, and Leo Kottke, it is a recognition that their ear has an expansive and deep […]

All contests are administered by WICN Public Radio and/or participating sponsors.  Contests, inclusive of ticket giveaways and all other items of value, are bound by the following rules. Violation of any rules governing WICN Public Radio contests may result in the cancellation of any prizes awarded and the transfer of the prize to an eligible […]

WICN’s Summer in the City Fund Drive June 19th through the 25th.  This year’s fund drive concludes on Tuesday, June 25th with a concert during Bluegrass Junction featuring SloGrass.  

Presented by 90.5 WICN Public Radio, Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, and The Hanover Theatre. August 25, 2023, 6 pm in the parking lot behind The Hanover Theatre in beautiful Downtown Worcester. Regular and VIP tickets are on-sale now via The Hanover Theatre Box Office. Click Here to Purchase Tickets   From its beginnings as a proudly straight-ahead unit, […]

There are many Black female jazz vocalists held in special regard for their commitment to civil rights and activism, including the support expressed through their songs and lyrics that directly address racism. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Lena Horne’s Stormy Weather, and numerous songs by Nina Simone, most notably Mississippi Goddam, Backlash Blues, Four Women and […]

WICN Underwriting Manager Al Vuona and General Manager/Program Director David Ginsburg joined Tim Murray on The Chamber Exchange TV Show recently. You can watch the full segment here: