Mary Foster Conklin
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Vocalist Mary Foster Conklin hosts a weekly radio show focused on women composers and lyricists called “A Broad Spectrum – the Ladies of Jazz” on WFDU HD2.  A tireless ‘song hound,’ she has done several music projects highlighting women writers both past and present, including contemporary singer/ songwriter Phoebe Snow, best known for her hits “Poetry Man” and “Harpo’s Blues” who died in 2011.  A founding member of the Renegade Cabaret, Mary can be seen from time to time singing off various fire escapes as The Lady in the Red Dress. Her tribute to Beat poet Fran Landesman was praised by the New York Times as "full of salt and vinegar -- with the intensity and tough humor of someone who might have lived on the bohemian fringe in the late ’40s and ’50s, when the word ‘hip’ meant something." Her latest CD, Photographs, a memory piece of standards and contemporary tunes, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and worldwide airplay.  http://www.maryfosterconklin.com

 “Her distinctive rich and dusky sound is completely captivating, conjuring up images of a film noir femme fatale.” Jersey Jazz

“A master of conveying world-weary bitter sweet emotions, tempered with an odd unlikely sense of optimism” Jazz Music Archives

Guitarist Tony Romano has been a visible part of the New York City music scene for over twenty years. Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote “His tone is beautiful and soulful, and his remarkable technique is a servant to his rich musical imagination and broad harmonic palette.” With a wide range of playing styles, Tony has toured worldwide and can be heard on Mary Foster Conklin’s CD Blues for Breakfast – Remembering Matt Dennis. Tony’s guitar work can be heard on the BBC series 3rd & Bird and has also performed for the Discovery Channel miniseries Going, Going, Gone! as well as on NPR Broadcasts, and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, Telemundo, and the ABC Morning Show. Tony is an Associate Professor at Five Towns College, and has been a Teaching Artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, as well as an instructor for the National Guitar Workshop. http://www.tonyromanomusic.com/


Mary Foster Conklin - Performer and radio host


Listen to A Broad Spectrum on WFDU HD2 - http://www.wfdu.fm

Buy Photographs - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/maryfosterconklin