Gordon Spencer http://kios.org en Meeting Billie Holiday http://kios.org/post/meeting-billie-holiday <p>During my next semester at Temple University in Philadelphia, 1955, I learned that WFLN was looking for announcers and decided to audition. Yes, the WFLN. Which I had often heard as a student at Swarthmore. After all, I knew something about classical music, knew fairly well how to pronounce a few languages or to sound as if I did. Moreover I had a pleasant, resonant microphone-ready, normally- required speaking voice…...<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:29:30 +0000 Gordon Spencer 38613 at http://kios.org Jazz CD of the Month: Phil Woods & The Festival Orchestra / New Celebration / Chiaroscuro Records http://kios.org/post/jazz-cd-month-phil-woods-festival-orchestra-new-celebration-chiaroscuro-records <p><strong>Phil Woods</strong>’ soulful brilliance glows everywhere you turn in this 2013 release from Chiaroscuro Records . His soloing on alto, his compositions and arrangements sparkle throughout, enhanced by a fine array of soloists hailing from parts of the U.S. east. But, be warned; listening to it all at one sitting could diminish the effect.&nbsp; It’s like trying to consume too many slices of a superb and rich birthday cake when the party’s just started. Don’t take in too many pieces at once. Savor the flavor gradually.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:17:29 +0000 Gordon Spencer 38280 at http://kios.org Jazz CD of the Month: Phil Woods & The Festival Orchestra / New Celebration / Chiaroscuro Records