Tune in to Jazz Rhythm this week to hear one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th Century, a master of the tenor sax, Coleman Hawkins. Nicknamed both ''Hawk'' and ''Bean,'' he was also one of the few musicians of the golden jazz age to make the transition to be-bop. His unusual sense of improvisation allowed him to reach heights of expressionism that few other artists of his era had reached.
Join host Ed Gardella as he celebrates our nation's Independence Day with songs that honor great cities and states across America -- New York, New York, I left my heart in San Francisco, Moonlight in Vermont are only a few of the songs that Ed will play to kick off the July 4th weekend!
This week Canadian singer, Susie Arioli takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Join us as host Judy Carmichael talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Last winter saxophonist, composer and arranger Art Felluca visited us on Jazz New England anticipating his CD release party at Scullers. Unfortunately a good old New England snowstorm canceled the festive evening. The CD release party for this project "Inward" has been rescheduled and Art pays another visit Jazz New England Monday at 2 pm. This award-winning musician did a four-year stint with the United States Navy Band and has earned degrees form Berklee and New England Conservatory. Join us Monday when we get reacquainted with Art Felluca.
Judy turns the tables on Marian (Marian interviewed Judy years ago) and talks with Marian about her adventures during WWII playing for the troops and meeting Jimmy McPartland during this period and how it all influenced her music and career.
There's cut in their strut, and pride in their stride! Virtuoso Marcus Roberts and newcomers Jonathan Batiste and Aaron Diehl have a cutting contest on the keys. Jazz's piano masters are still hard to beat. Our trio honors the giants of the stride piano -- Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith. Wendell Pierce hosts.
A smooth pairing as renowned pianists Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis take the stage for two rousing sets. On the verge of his tenth decade, 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.
Detroit-born pianist, composer and university professor Geri Allen is a musician of great depth and creativity. Her album of solo piano works, Flying Toward The Sound, was one of the critical highlights for 2010. Allen's compositional skills are on display as she plays her own tune "Avatar," and she gets together with McPartland on Monk's "Well You Needn't."
Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli is known for playing the great guitar compositions of the 1930's on his seven-string guitar. He played with Benny Goodman and for many years was a member of Doc Severinson's Tonight Show Band. In honor of Father's Day, Bucky Pizzarelli joins his son and fellow guitarist John Pizzarelli for this special episode of Piano Jazz. The duo play together on "Tangerine" and "In A Mellow Tone."