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Giant Steps: Dione Taylor

Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:35

Parents can be tricky, they have a way of guiding you without letting you in on the fact that they are pushing you towards something. When Dione Taylor was born she was given two names;  the first, Dione after Dione Warwick (aka Whitney’s aunt with the distinctive voice) and Roberta, after Roberta Flack an R&B legend.

Giant Steps: Marsalis Family

Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:28

The Adderly’s and Coles, the Staples, the  Jones’ and Montgomery’s, the father daughter Gilberto clan, jazz has a distinctive keep it in the family vibe running throughout it’s history it’s present and future. At the top of the heap representing all three -- the Marsalis family. The first family of jazz.

Giant Steps: Miriam Makeba

Monday, 13 February 2017 10:42

They call her Mama Africa. Miriam Makeba was literally born ready to fight her oppressors. Spending the first six months of her life in a South African prison with her mother, who had been arrested during the brutally oppressive apartheid period.

Giant Steps: Jackie Richardson

Friday, 10 February 2017 10:38

Her voice is like a big hug, her spirit is a breath of clean unblemished air, she can belt out a tune that will make every hair on your body stand on end.

Giant Steps: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock

Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:54

It’s hard to know where to start when dealing with not one but two titans of jazz. Two living legends who make it all look easy...

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