Burton's longtime duet partner Chick Corea, his discovery Julian Lage, and a dozen other players celebrate with a golden anniversary concert for the "divine (as the College President calls him) vibraphonist. Also in September, JazzSet celebrates 10 years with its divine host, Dee Dee Bridgewater, who sings.
The young Hot Club of Detroit thrives on -- and updates -- Django-style swing. Gary Smulyan Remembers Detroit's great baritone man Pepper Adams with Barry Harris, the kepper of the bebop flame, on piano.
2011 marks 50 years since the Bill Evans Trio's landmark dates at the Village Vanguard. Bassist Eddie Gomez joined Evans' group a few years after, and the 11-year partnership yielded three Grammy wins. He has also worked with other heavyweights including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Benny Goodman, and Herbie Hancock. He joins McPartland for "Turn Out The Stars and "Stella By Starlight."
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is one of today's most original and daring musicians. Classically trained, Carter grew up in Detroit, where she absorbed all of the music that Motown had to offer. In 2010, she released the critically acclaimed album Reverse Thread, an exploration of the rhythms and instruments of the African Diaspora. Carter brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins McPartland for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "In A Sentimental Mood".
Fifty years ago clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre formed his influential yet under-appreciated trio with bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Paul Bley. The group split after a gig in which they made 35 cents each. The music of Bley's then-wife, Carla, was central to the group. On this Piano Jazz, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow join McPartland for trio renditions of Carla Bley originals "Ida Lupino and "Ad Infinitum.
In his storied career, pianist and composer Ray Bryant has worked with Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and Aretha Franklin. He also has a long list of recording credits as a leader. On this 1982 session, Bryant performs "Take the 'A' Train, and duets with McPartland on "Like Someone in Love and "Billie's Bounce.
Pianist Jason Moran had a banner year in 2010. He was awarded a highly coveted "genius award from the MacArthur Foundation, and his trio Bandwagon's album Ten topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. On this 2002 session, Moran performs his tune "Ravel/States of Art, and joins McPartland for a duet of "Bemsha Swing".
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