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".
Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge would have been 100 years old this year. On this program from 1987, Eldridge, one of the great trumpeters of the swing era, talks about a career that included work with Fletcher Henderson, Gene Krupa and Billie Holiday. Eldridge shows off his piano chops playing a duet with McPartland on "Ball of Fire, and he sings on several numbers including "I Want a Little Girl."
The living luminaries of jazz gather for one night as the National Endowment for the Arts honors America's 2010 Jazz Masters. Hear the words and works of 2010 inductees: - the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron and Cedar Walton; saxophonists and composers Bill Holman and Yusef Lateef; vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson; the inimitable vocalist Annie Ross and producer/writer George Avakian. Performances, tributes and good spirits mark this moment of jazz history. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Two decades ago, he was "Deep in the Shed," and though he's cut his way up and out, Marcus Roberts has come back to lead his iconic suite: a chronicle of the blues in all its form and feel. He's is joined by drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist Roland Guerin and others. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Jazz's wandering gypsy spirit meets the bluesy swing of Oklahoma City. Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian brought the guitar out from the rhythm section and up to center stage. Guitarists Russell Malone, Bobby Broom and Frank Vignola, bassist Peter Washington and pianist Mulgrew Miller play out the jazz guitar revolution. Musical director and drummer, Lewis Nash. Wendell Pierce hosts.
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
Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges. More than merely a giant of jazz saxophone, Benny Carter was a composer and arranger, skilled clarinetist and gifted trumpet player, and an exceptionally versatile, talented musician active for more than three quarters of a century.