Piano Jazz Shorts
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A preview of upcoming conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.
||CleanLee Konitz, 1992||Conversation and improvisation with Marian McPartland and Lee Konitz, 1992||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrice Rushen, 1987||A popular vocalist whose talent ranges from jazz to soul to R&B, Patrice Rushen is also a songwriter, arranger, and master keyboardist. She has performed with and produced for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson, and Dianne Reeves, and she has played at some of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. On this 1987 Piano Jazz, Rushen demonstrates her talents with "Ocean Song." McPartland responds with "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?"||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLenore Raphael, 2002||Award-winning pianist and vocalist Lenore Raphael has emerged as one of the most promising musicians in modern mainstream jazz. Influenced by such jazz greats as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk, Raphael has developed her own swinging style. On this 2002 edition of Piano Jazz, she brings her creative ideas to the tune "I'm Old Fashioned." McPartland joins Raphael to end the hour with "Blue Monk."||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJack DeJohnette, 1993||Jack DeJohnette got his start on the piano as a child, but he took up the drums at eighteen and went on to become one of the most inventive and important drummers in modern jazz history. He's provided rhythm for greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Keith Jarrett. In this 1993 Piano Jazz session, DeJohnette shares the story behind the real "Freddy the Freeloader." McPartland and bassist Christian McBride join in for a jam on the McPartland original "Ambiance."||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniela Schaechter, 2006||In 2005, Sicilian pianist Daniela Schaechter won the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz competition. Ever devoted to the next generation of female jazz musicians, McPartland wasted no time in having Schaechter on this 2006 show. Schaechter's opening tune, an original called "Thinking of You," hints at her classical training while confirming her fondness for jazz masters like Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. She and McPartland wrap the hour with a duet of Cole Porter's "I Love You."||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatti Bown, 1980||As the swinging pianist in the Quincy Jones Orchestra, Patti Bown (1931 – 2008) kept the music moving. In honor of her July 26 birthday, Piano Jazz remembers Bown with this encore from 1980. Bown joins host McPartland to talk about the role of women in jazz. She presents her rendition of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and shares her Swahili love song, "Oh My Darling, How I Love You."||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWillie Nelson & Jackie King, 2002||Country music legend Willie Nelson and jazz guitarist Jackie King (1945 – 2016) performed and recorded together for decades. They were McPartland's guests for this unforgettable 2002 Piano Jazz. Songs include standards like "The Nearness of You" and Nelson's classic ballad, "Crazy," plus a few selections from Nelson and King's collaboration from 2000, with "The Gypsy" and "Heart of a Clown."||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGerald Wiggins, 1992||Piano Jazz remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins (1922 – 2008). Born in Harlem, Wiggins began learning classical piano at a young age, but he discovered jazz through pianists Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. In this 1992 session, Wiggins talks about some of his early professional gigs with the big bands of Benny Carter and Les Hite. He and McPartland journey back with Sammy Cahn's "If It's the Last Thing I Do" and a Wiggins original, "Edie Is a Sweetie." The two wind up the hour with a duet of Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time."||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSandy Stewart & Bill Charlap, 2006||Vocalist Sandy Stewart first emerged as a star on the cabaret scene during the 1960s, and her marriage to Broadway composer Moose Charlap kept her plugged into a vibrant music community. In 2005, Stewart and her son, pianist Bill Charlap, collaborated on their first album together, "Love Is Here to Stay." On this Piano Jazz from 2006, mother and son bring a rare combination of swing and sophistication with a performance of "Two for the Road."||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDuke Jordan, 1980||This Piano Jazz remembers one of the great innovators of the bebop style—pianist Duke Jordan (1922 – 2006). He's perhaps best known for his innovative work with Charlie Parker's legendary 1947 quintet, and he played with a number of other legends including Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, and Sonny Stitt. Jordan joined McPartland in 1980 for a session including duets on "Groovin' High" and his original "Jordu."||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This show is a National Treasure. I have been listening for years the only problem is it's on at 9 pm on a Saturday night when I am out with the wife and friends and often miss it. Now with Podcasts that no longer needs to be the case but only 7 minutes? Please! Put the full show up NPR. This show deserves to be heard. Everytime I have a friend tune their car radio into this show they are blown away. It is an Island of class and art in a crass world.
This is a wonderful podcast. The conversational style mixed with music is really great to listen to. I wish the whole show were put on the podcast...I would love to hear more of the music.
Awesome show, but why not do the whole thing?
This show is such an amazing treat. It can't be that difficult to podcast the whole thing. In fact, wouldn't it be easier (no editing it down to 7 minutes, just record, and rip!)?
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