Piano Jazz Shorts podcast
Helen Merrill, 199508/26/14
Helen Merrill’s voice is an instrument that sometimes carries the melody and sometimes complements the improvisational skills of her co-musicians. In this session from 1995, McPartland performs a “Portrait of Helen Merrill.” Merrill joins McPartland...
Makoto Ozone, 1984
A world-class jazz composer and pianist, Makoto Ozoné began playing organ at age two and picked up piano at age twelve after falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson. On this Piano Jazzfrom 2002, Ozoné shows his total mastery of the keyboard...
Christian McBride, 2001
A veteran Piano Jazzsideman, Christian McBride has accompanied guests including J.J. Johnson and Cassandra Wilson. In this session from 2001, McBride takes the spotlight as a dynamic composer and stylist who leads a new generation of jazz players. He...
Oscar Peterson, 1998
Pianist Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. Fast fingers and a hardwired sense of swing defined Peterson and made him a favorite musical partner for everyone from Ella to Dizzy to Herbie Hancock. Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December...
Burt Bacharach, 2005
”Composer, arranger, and conductor Burt Bacharach is a true legend of American popular music. With such landmark tunes as “Alfie” and “The Look of Love,” Bacharach has charmed audiences and earned multiple Grammys and Academy Awards. He sits down with...
Alicia Keys, 2004
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Alicia Keys has rocked the pop and R&B worlds with her velvet voice. A New York native, Keys brings the influence of jazz greats like Fats Waller to her piano playing, while her songwriting style is inspired by Stevie...
Jessica Williams, 1992
Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her “one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard.” On this Piano...
Carmen Lundy, 2000
Critics hail Carmen Lundy as one of the world’s greatest jazz vocalists. Her beautiful contralto voice perfectly conveys the soul and depth of her compositions. In 1999, she joined McPartland to perform Mary Lou’s Mass by Mary Lou Williams at the...
Joe Locke, 1996
Vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke has recorded with artists such as Eddie Henderson and Grover Washington, Jr. and he continues to tour worldwide. Known for the emotional range of his solo work, he has established himself as a composer and...
Les Paul, 1999
Guitarist and pioneering inventor Les Paul was known for his innovations in recording technique and his phenomenal guitar sound. His jazz roots can be traced to the early 1930s when he performed Eddie Lang- and Django Reinhardt-styled jazz on his own...
Bruce Hornsby, 2004
Respected for his piano playing and creative songwriting, Bruce Hornsby wows critics and fans alike with his fresh and unique sound. Since his 1986 Grammy win as Best New Artist with the album, The Way It Is, Hornsby’s compositions have traversed an...
Helen Sung, 2007
Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, TX. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis. Sung shows off her...
Jerry Dodgion, 2005
Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion has played with just about everyone in the jazz world throughout his long career, including Benny Carter, Red Norvo, Frank Sinatra, and Benny Goodman. A gifted improviser influenced by Charlie Parker, Dodgion always has...
Joe Bushkin, 2001
Pianist Joe Bushkin got his start in Bunny Berigan's band in 1935 and went on to work with Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Bing Crosby. Bushkin sings and plays on his original "Oh Look At Me Now" and duets with McPartland on George...
John Faddis, 2004
Jon Faddis is one of today’s premier trumpet players and an accomplished teachercomposer- conductor-recording artist. Faddis consistently exemplifies an unparalleled range and dazzling technique. His style evokes Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Roy...
Clint Eastwood, 2006
Clint Eastwood is best known for his Hollywood work, but he's also a composer and a true jazz aficionado. Eastwood discusses his love for the music of Errol Garner and reminisces about seeing Charlie Parker perform live. McPartland gives beautiful...
Pianist Rachel Z trained at the New England Conservatory before beginning her professional career as a performer with the likes of Al DiMeola, Larry Coryell, and the fusion band Steps Ahead. She also worked with saxophonist Wayne Shorter on his Grammy...
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...
Paquito D'Rivera, 1995
Havana-born saxophonist and clarinetist PaquitoD'Rivera began as somewhat of a child prodigy.Today his international style moves from bebopto Latin to Mozart. D'Rivera and bassist David Finkjoin McPartland for "Birk's Works," in honor ofcomposer Dizzy...
Steely Dan, 2003
Guitarist Walter Becker and singer/pianist Donald Fagen are the duo at the core of the jazz-influencedrock band, Steely Dan. They grew up listening to Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parkerand Duke Ellington. Since the late 1960s...
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