South Carolina Educational Radio Network: Piano Jazz Shorts Podcast
By South Carolina Educational Radio Network
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A preview of upcoming conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.
||Joanne Brackeen, 2006||Virtuoso pianist and master composer Joanne Brackeen has been called "the Picasso of jazz piano." In her hands, the history of jazz is created and recreated as she floats seamlessly between traditional jazz and free play. Like McPartland, Brackeen has been a trailblazer for women in jazz. On this 2006 episode, the two friends get together on McPartland's "Ambiance" and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mary Lou Williams, 1979||In honor of Women's History Month Piano Jazz presents a session with pioneering pianist Mary Lou Williams, who would have been 103 this year. On this session from the very first Piano Jazz season Williams proves a tough nut for McPartland to crack, but warms up enough to play a duet and she even sings on "Rosa Mae." Other tunes include “Caravan,” and Williams’ "Scratchin' in the Gravel."||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alice Coltrane, 1982||Alice Coltrane, the wife of jazz giant John Coltrane, performed with her husband’s band in his final years. She is also one of the few jazz harpists and a composer in her own right. On this 1982 Piano Jazz, Alice Coltrane performs her original tunes “Transfiguration” and “One for the Father” and joins McPartland for “Giant Steps.”||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, 1998||Saxophonist John "Johnny" Dankworth was one of the most celebrated jazz musicians and bandleaders of his native Great Britain. He performed with Charlie Parker during the Bop era, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. Piano Jazz remembers Dankworth, who passed away in 2010, on this program from 1998 recorded before a live audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Dankworth joins vocalist and wife Cleo Laine along with host McPartland for "I Can’t Give You Anything But Love" and "Fine and Mellow."||2/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grace Kelly, 2008||Saxophonist Grace Kelly made an impression in the Boston area with her playing before she was even a teenager. She studied with Lee Konitz from age thirteen and has played with a host of jazz legends, including Russell Malone and Phil Woods. Kelly shows off her sax skills on "Round Midnight" before demonstrating her vocal talents on "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)."||2/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cedar Walton, 1980||Pianist Cedar Walton rode high on the cresting wave of ’60s Hard Bop. He performed with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and in Lee Morgan’s band and was house pianist at Prestige Records. Walton passed away in August 2013. On this 1980 session, he performs his tune “N.P.S.” and duets with McPartland on “Lover Man.”||1/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Herbie Hancock, 1987||Pianist Herbie Hancock is an innovator whose ideas continue to push boundaries and transcend musical genres. His work has earned him fourteen Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for the 2011 album Imagine. Hancock solos on his own tune "Dolphin Dance" and joins McPartland for a duet take on "That Old Black Magic."||1/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jim Hall, 1995||Widely admired as a gifted and innovative player, jazz guitarist Jim Hall continued his career spanning more than five decades until a brief illness ended his life on December 10, 2013 at age 83. Hall had recently entered a new creative space, writing and arranging choral and orchestral compositions, all the while continuing to record and perform in a variety of settings. The 2004 NEA Jazz Master inductee teams up with McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for "Blue Monk" and solos on "All the Things You Are."||1/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hickory House Trio Reunion 1990||In the 1950s, New York's 52nd Street was a jazz mecca. The Hickory House was known for its sizzling steaks and a swinging jazz trio led by a young female pianist with a British accent and a God-given touch. Marian McPartland, bassist Bill Crow, and her drummer, the late Joe Morello, held court at the Hickory House for almost ten years. The trio reunited in 1990 for this special Piano Jazz, including performances of "Skylark" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light."||1/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gerald Wilson, 2007||Composer/arranger Gerald Wilson has charted the course for some of the legends of jazz, including Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. Wilson got his start as a trumpet player with Jimmie Lunceford's big band, but was soon recognized as a composer, arranger, and big band leader with a wealth of sophisticated musical ideas and total dedication to the infinite possibilities of jazz. Host McPartland improvises a musical portrait in honor of Wilson.||12/17/13||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!)?