Placed on an offering table for her first “big solo” at the tender age of two, it is no surprise that Esperanza Freeze may have been ‘born to sing.’ Growing up the daughter of Bishop G. Samuel and Evangelist Mildred Freeze, Esperanza’s love for music was developed and nurtured in the church although she was exposed to all types of music. Her gift and love for music dominated her life at an early age so when career opportunities came, Esperanza jumped at them.
She has sung for, recorded with, opened for Yolanda Adams, Canton Jones, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, Melinda Doolittle, 95 South, The 69 boys, The Canton Spirituals, The Quad City DJ’s, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Vickie Winans.
She is most grateful for the gifts that God has given her in her own music. She is described as an “anointed voice with a fresh sound.”
Her latest recording “Nick of Time” is collection of moving declarations like “Survive” and “Alright” along with candid testimonials like “Tell It” and the title track “Nick Of Time.” Her writing is honest and inspiring, and with the personal testimony to support every lyric, Esperanza Freeze passionately delivers a message of hope and encouragement to a world that needs it more than ever.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.