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Fog City Blues: Tiffany Austin

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Tiffany Austin’s self-released Nothing But Soul made quite a splash, including sterling reviews in Downbeat and on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Her eagerly awaited follow-up, Unbroken, confirms the Bay Area vocalist’s status as one of jazz’s elite singers and a formidable songwriter as well.

Unbroken is both a timeless meditation on African-American culture’s extraordinary resilience and an all-too-timely response to the reenergized forces seeking to degrade and deny that legacy. Rather than separating African-American music into kindred tributaries, Austin plunges into the whole river of sound that’s that embraces blues and swing, spirituals and R&B, bebop, post-bop, and her own Louisiana Creole heritage. Tiffany joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 6/27 at 9 pm ahead of album release concerts at Stanford and Santa Cruz.