A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas 'Fats' Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz's enduring, endearing tunes. Hear 'Honeysuckle Rose,' "Ain't Misbehavin" and "A Handful of Keys in the 'hands' of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Contemporary/Smooth Jazz Pianist Bob Baldwin. Baldwin is an advocate of the arts and recently released the book "You Better Ask Somebody". With 17 discs released to date, Bonnie will discuss his long career in music that fuses jazz, gospel and R&B. Bob Baldwin will be appearing at Pearl Restaurant in Providence, RI Sunday, May 27 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. See http://www.pearlrestaurantri.com for details.
The trio won this year's Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Return to Forever, Chick Corea won an individual Grammy for Best Jazz Solo, and we have a magnificent live festival performance from their tour, in Surround Sound.
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists yet to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Charlie Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. Bird lives as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.
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.
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."
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.