Donna Kimura

Donna Kimura

With a title like Two White Mothers, it’s hard to know what to expect. Social satire? Comedy? Rap? Folk? In this case, it is a release from jazz duo Liz Magnes and S…
Armed with an air of casual cool, Johnny Smith puts a new spin on a set of well-chosen jazz standards. First of all, the trio that appears on San Francisco Bay Jazz
Legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton worked with only a few woman singers during his long career. One of them was Sylvia Bennett. In 1987, they made one of Hampton’s final…
Pianist Brian Trainor didn’t get to see the release of Why Try To Change Me Now? He died July 8, 2006, two months before the album hit the streets. The CD stands as …
For her first release in four years, Natalie Cole turns to a group of contemporary songwriters for material. She smoothly covers an unexpected set of songs by Fiona Apple, …
Etta Jones had been singing for years, but it was this 1960 release, her first for Prestige, that helped establish her as a top-notch jazz singer.The album is hig…
On I Walk Alone, the sophomore release from Ellynne Plotnick, the jazz vocalist delivers of collection of original tunes and some well-chosen classics. Plotnick is a…
Singer Natasha Miller and songwriter Bobby Sharp continue their unique collaboration on Miller’s latest CD Don’t’ Move. The album is made up of 11 Sharp tunes, some …
Al Oxenhandler’s new CD is titled Something’s Gotta Give, but it could easily be called Al Swings Gently. The St. Louis vocalist grooves gracefully through…
The Color Purple was first a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and then it became a movie by Steven Spielberg. Two decades later, it has been reimagined…
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