3/23/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Kaori Kobayashi – Nothing Gonna Change My Love for You

Kobayashi was born on October 20, 1981 in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Her father was a photographer and her mother, a piano teacher. Beginning at a very young age, Kobayashi learned to play the piano. When she was 13 years old she joined a brass band and started to play the flute.  Continue reading

3/9/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Marian Anderson Lincoln Memorial Concert- Voice of Freedom American Experience PBS

Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone placed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stared out at a crowd of more than 75,000 people. She had been barred from performing at Constitutional Hall, but thanks to clever advocacy by Walter White of the NAACP and the aid of high-powered allies like Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was now set to make history. Continue reading

2/13/21 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY: Frances Davis- Her Story (Life Before & After Miles)

Frances Taylor Davis shares her life history as a pioneering dancer with Katherine Dunham Dance Company, her marriage to Miles Davis and renewal after as a survivor. Continue reading

2/4/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY BLACK HISTORY MONTH: George Benson – Give Me The Night

Give Me the Night is a song recorded by Jazz and R&B musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave’s keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Continue reading

11/15/20 SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ COINCERT: Christian Scott-Christian aTunde Adjuah: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Christian aTunde Adjuah is a two-disc studio album by fellow African-American jazz artist Christian Scott released on July 31,2012 by Concord Records. Continue reading

9/28/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: New Orleans (1947) Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman- Musical Movie

It’s the Lowdown of Wicked Old Basin Street! And the Music That Made It Wicked! A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman & his Orchestra, and others. Continue reading

9/27/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Chet Baker Live – Blue In Green

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. jazz artist and a vocalist. He is known for major innovations within the cool jazz subgenre leading him to be nicknamed the prince of cool. Continue reading

9/24/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Nina Simone – Sinnerman (1965)

Sinnerman is an African American traditional spiritual song that has been recorded by a number of performers and has been incorporated in many other of the media and arts. The lyrics describe a sinner attempting to hide from divine justice on judgement day. It was recorded by Nina Simone in 1965.Rest in peace to Breonna Taylor…. Continue reading

9/22/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Miles Davis & Chaka Khan: Human Nature (Live in Montreux 1989)

Two infamous music artist performed together live in 1989, Miles Davis and Chaka Khan. Human Nature is cover music track done by the two icons. Continue reading