Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.
From time to time, I get invited to talk up new jazz releases with Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. This go-round, I set out to pick some records which hadn't already been featured as NPR Music First Listens or elsewhere on the website. Luckily, April has been a busy month for new music, and that didn't prove difficult at all.
I got up early and baked scones on the day of the Royal Wedding. I watched the entire ceremony, from the entrance of Beckham and Posh to the recessional when the young couple stepped out of Westminster Abbey and waved to the crowd.
I thought they did a great job — putting on a wedding that was huge but had its moments of intimacy — a ceremony that was traditional and dignified as well as beautiful and heart lifting. And, the hard part, the two stars of the show seemed to enjoy it.
The picture seems to have captured the hearts of millions around the world.
As our friend Claire O'Neill over at The Picture Show put it, "the best photo from the royal wedding" was snapped as Prince William and Kate Middleton kissed yesterday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.