Jazz

David Sánchez On Piano Jazz

Aug 12, 2016

Multiple Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sánchez weaves threads of Latin American and North American jazz into a colorful tapestry.

When you talk to jazz aficionados, you often hear about a ground zero, a Eureka moment of musical awakening that opens up the bounty of the music. For some of us (myself included), that moment was hearing Herbie Hancock for the first time.

The central equation behind Slavic Soul Party! is self-explanatory: an American black-music spin on the Balkan brass band. The net product is akin to a New-Orleans-style brass band, but with different percussion timbres, horn trills and glissandi. (Also, accordion, because Europe.) It's the sort of multiculti collision you see forged in major population centers; you may be interested to know the band has a standing Tuesday night gig at a Brooklyn bar which specializes in international music.

The trombone virtuoso J.J. Johnson was among the first to adapt the challenge laid down by bebop saxophonists and trumpeters to his more ungainly instrument. Among the recordings he left as evidence was a series of albums partnering with fellow trombonist Kai Winding. In a concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner recently took on that "Jay and Kai" repertoire, joined by sectionmate Elliot Mason, other members of the JLCO and special guests.

Marilyn Crispell On Piano Jazz

Aug 5, 2016

Critics hail pianist Marilyn Crispell as a "luminous presence at the forefront of creative music." Known for her challenging compositions and improvisations, Crispell plays free jazz with an evocative and disciplined style. She has performed on stages the world over and, in 2005, received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The pianist, composer and music ambassador Herbie Hancock is working on new music with a new band, and he's about to present the first taste of it in live performance.

Eric Reed On Piano Jazz

Jul 29, 2016

Pianist and composer Eric Reed began playing piano as a small child. He was only 18 when he played his first string of gigs with Wynton Marsalis — work that catapulted him to the forefront of jazz.

Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

Jul 22, 2016

Pianist Jacky Terrasson was born in Berlin and raised in Paris. After moving to the U.S., he studied at Berklee College of Music and won the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has toured internationally and collaborated with greats such as Ray Brown, Cassandra Wilson and Ry Cooder.

When he was first emerging to wider attention, Terrasson demonstrated his extraordinary talents in this 1995 Piano Jazz session, playing standards like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Oleo."

Originally broadcast Winter 1995.

Set List

First Watch: Hannah Gill & The Hours, 'Austin'

Jul 20, 2016

Carla Bley And Steve Swallow On Piano Jazz

Jul 15, 2016

Bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Carla Bley are both acclaimed jazz composers and performers with international reputations. On this 1996 episode of Piano Jazz, they team up to talk with host Marian McPartland about their combined repertoire of innovative music.

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