Jazz

George Wallington On Piano Jazz

Oct 30, 2015

Bop pianist George Wallington (1924–1993) was born in Sicily and moved to the U.S. with his family in the 1920s. He became part of the New York music scene in the 1940s and played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Lionel Hampton.

Jamie Cullum, musician and BBC Radio 2 host, is constantly searching for the freshest sounds in jazz music. A frequent guest on Weekend Edition, he recently visited the program to share new music from Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra, Daymé Arocena and Sons of Kemet. The sounds range from Coltrane-influenced spiritual jazz to acoustic club music informed by the traditional sounds of Ethiopia and West Africa.

Kyle Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Oct 23, 2015

When bassist Kyle Eastwood was Marian McPartland's guest in 1999, he had released his first solo album, From There To Here, one year earlier. Having led a quartet and worked as a session musician in the 1990s, Eastwood has gone on to a prolific career as a performer, recording artist and composer for film and television.

On this episode of Piano Jazz, Eastwood and McPartland play a set that includes "In A Sentimental Mood" and "Stella By Starlight."

The pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill knows better than almost anyone that more than 50 years of a trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba hasn't fully prevented the exchange of jazz between the two countries. He's known it since he first visited Cuba in 2002.

"The first thing that I encountered was great 'goo-gobs' of young jazz musicians who worked really hard to master this craft that we thought was our own," O'Farrill says.

Margaret Whiting On Piano Jazz

Oct 16, 2015

Vocalist Margaret Whiting (1924–2011) established herself as a singer of jazz and popular standards in the 1940s while touring with the U.S.O. during WWII. In the decades that followed, her career encompassed everything from television to nightclubs, musical theater and country music.

On this 1992 episode of Piano Jazz, Whiting performs "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Moonlight In Vermont" with host Marian McPartland accompanying. McPartland solos in "Twilight World."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1992.

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Finding an acceptable line between influence and appropriation has dogged musicians for generations, and Dexter Story addresses the issue in surprising and joyous ways on Wondem, his second album as a bandleader.

Sammy Price On Piano Jazz

Oct 9, 2015

Pianist Sammy Price (1908–1992) began his career in the 1920s. He became a session pianist for Decca Records in 1938, and he led his own band, the Texas Bluesicians, which included greats such as Lester Young. Price also played with trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen for nearly a decade.

Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories at the Tiny Desk, and if they do, those stories don't usually make the final cut. But this one felt different. It was about the time Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, a young black man, says he was stopped by New Orleans police late at night for no reason other than to harass and intimidate him. And how his pride almost made him do something ill-advised about it.

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