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.
||Howard Alden, 1995||Howard Alden has been hailed by critics as 'the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." His superb solo and accompaniment skills have led to work with legends including Red Norvo, Woody Herman, and guitarist George Van Eps (his mentor). This week Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of "Single Petal of a Rose."||4/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paquito D'Rivera, 1995||Havana-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera began as somewhat of a child prodigy. Today his international style moves from bebop to Latin to Mozart. D'Rivera and bassist David Fink join McPartland for "Birk's Works," in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie, and perform "A Night in Englewood."||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steely Dan, 2003||Guitarist Walter Becker and singer/pianist Donald Fagen are the duo at the core of the jazz-influenced rock band, Steely Dan. They grew up listening to Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Since the late 1960s they have been continually honing their integration of jazz and rock. The pair performs Steely Dan hits "Josie" and "Chain Lightning" as well as standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marie Marcus, 1983||Marie Marcus was a remarkable stride pianist and a protégé of Fats Waller. A native of Boston, Marcus played in all the jazz hot spots before settling down in Cape Cod, where she became known as the Cape's "First Lady of Jazz." On this 1993 program she talks about her mentor, Fats Waller, and performs a medley of his most famous tunes.||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mulgrew Miller, 2003||Pianist Mulgrew Miller began his career with the Mercer Ellington Band, and his sensitivity and stride virtuosity kept him busy throughout his career. His post-bop flair was rooted in the Delta Blues. On this Piano Jazz appearance from 2003, Miller shows his compositional prowess on “Carousel,” and he and McPartland trade licks on Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"||3/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diane Reeves, 1999||Our celebration of Women’s History Month concludes with one of the preeminent jazz singers of our time, Dianne Reeves. She continues the legacies of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan, and has won three consecutive Grammies for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. On this Piano Jazz, host McPartland accompanies Reeves on “Softly As in a Morning Sunrise” and “Million Dollar Secret.”||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nadine Jansen, 1988||Nadine Jansen is a multi-talented musician - masterful horn player, skilled singer and pianist. She formed her musical identity in Vaudeville and played with the likes of Skitch Henderson and The Clooney Sisters. Jansen shares stories from the bandstand and performs on both piano and flugelhorn, playing “Nadine’s Blues.”||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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!)?