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NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal

Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 4:00pm
Program: 

Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with pianist-composer and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal. Mr. Jamal's career as
an American Classical performer has spanned more than seventy years and he continues to tour. World renowned for his leadership in jazz and revered for his interpretation of the tune "Ponciana" and so many other recordings, Jamal will talk about his musical journey and recent release Blue Moon: The New York Session. Tune in at 4pm to hear his story first-hand.

20th Anniversary Special for the Gil Evans Centennial | Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Miles Davis and Gil Evans, trumpet and orchestrator, collaborated unforgettably on the albums Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. For this occasion, Miles Evans (the son of Gil) provides the original charts for both. Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, with the Vince Mendoza Orchestra from Los Angeles.
"...[T]he entire performance [of Sketches of Spain] was impeccable," blogged Richard Scheinen of the San Jose Mercury News immediately after the show. "You could hear, with clarity, the astonishing detail of Evans's writing."

Monty Alexander

Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Jazz pianist Monte Alexander talks about how growing up in Jamaica influenced his music as well as his love of American Westerns and country music.

Billy Strayhorn

Date: 
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train" and "Something to Live For." Wendell Pierce hosts.

Elan Trotman

Date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 4:00pm
Program: 

Bonnie Johnson will be welcoming sax man Elan Trotman to Colors of Jazz for an interview, preceding his performance at Gerald at the Pearl Presents: Jazz Beneath the Stars, Sunday May 13. Event details below. 

Jazz Beneath the Stars presents a Big Mothers Day Jazz and Dinner combo featuring acclaimed Saxophonist Elan Trotman.
Dinner will be served from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Show from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Josh Moshier: The Studs Terkel Project at the Jazz Showcase

Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Born in May, 1912, Terkel helped define an era in Chicago, writing about jazz, working, war, life, death. In his prose, young composer Josh Moshier finds a framework for "Touch and Go: The Studs Terkel Project for the Moshier-LeBrun Collective.

Dave Brubeck & Ramsey Lewis

Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

A smooth pairing as renowned pianists Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis take the stage for two rousing sets. The 88-year old Brubeck shows he still is the master of the 88s on "Take Five," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Over the Rainbow." Lewis' gospel and funk tinged sound will lift you out of your seat with "The In Crowd," "Wade in the Water" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner at the Kennedy Center

Date: 
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jean Baptise Thielemans was born April 29, 1922. Over his long and colorful life, the harmonica man has lived in and played the music of Belgium, Paris and New York -- not to mention his most recent love, Brazil. In this concert, he chooses songs by Mancini and Miles, a quote from "La Marseillaise and a piece by Jacques Brel, and a melding of "Bridges (Milton Nascimento) and "God Bless America.

Tony Bennett

Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, K.D. Lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey.

Intuition: The Music of Bill Evans

Date: 
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 6:00pm

Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a "quiet fire" that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like "Waltz for Debby," "Five" and "Peri's Scope."

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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