Hiromi On Piano Jazz

Aug 28, 2015

Pianist Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979 and took her first piano lesson at age 6. By 17, she'd performed with the Czech Philharmonic and with Chick Corea. She is an in-demand performer, capable of playing stride piano with blinding speed and accuracy.

It's 2015, and jazz singing is weird. Right? Its conventions seem almost antiquated: the smarmy stage presence thing, the scat improvisation thing, the singing 50-year-old songs from forgotten musicals thing. In an age when singing the blues has been so thoroughly subsumed and reconfigured within other American pop-music traditions, when a main stem has become an offshoot branch, how is a self-aware jazz vocalist supposed to sell out emotionally — and expect to sell it to a wide audience?

Arturo O'Farrill On Piano Jazz

Aug 21, 2015

Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill is the son of the late Chico O'Farrill (1921–2001). A multiple Grammy winner, the younger O'Farrill has contributed to contemporary Latin jazz as leader of the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and as founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

Bertha Hope On Piano Jazz

Aug 14, 2015

Bertha Hope's contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her elite among her peers. Wife of the pianist Elmo Hope (1923-1967), Bertha has kept their extraordinary teamwork alive through her highly regarded trio and solo performances.

In this Piano Jazz session from 1991, Bertha Hope performs "In Search Of Hope" and host Marian McPartland joins her for a duet of "I'm Beginning To See The Light."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1991.

Kenny Burrell On Piano Jazz

Aug 7, 2015

Guitarist Kenny Burrell has been called a "cool, controlled romantic" whose textured playing is "subtle yet sensual, meditative, exultant, wry and intimate." He's one of the most lyrical guitarists on the jazz scene — in fact, he was Duke Ellington's favorite guitar improviser.

The Newport Jazz Festival is under way this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the featured performers is a young pianist — a very young pianist — named Joey Alexander. He is 12 years old, completely self-taught and one of the youngest musicians ever to play the storied festival.

What do Mozart, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson have in common? For one, their musical talent was discovered early — they were all considered child prodigies.

Skitch Henderson On Piano Jazz

Jul 31, 2015

Skitch Henderson (1918–2005) worked as a piano soloist on Frank Sinatra's and Bing Crosby's radio shows. Henderson began a longtime association with NBC in 1951, eventually appearing as pianist, conductor, leader and even comedian on The Tonight Show with host Johnny Carson.