Cedar Walton is one of my favorite piano players. His expressiveness is always a constant surprise when he solos. He has also written many tunes that have become Jazz standards. He first came to notice as a member of one the many great Art Blakey Jazz Messenger bands, and has been creating wonderful Jazz ever since. Join me for an hour of his creativity on "Portrait in Jazz".
12/6/2012 9:10:39 AM
I have met many Jazz luminaries in my broadcasting career. Sadly, I never personally met Dave Brubeck. I did talk to him briefly on the phone once, and found him to be friendly and unpretentious, very comfortable with who he was. I was lucky enough to see him perform, and he never lost his fire for performing. He was the rarest of cultural entities, a popular Jazz musician. I am of the age where "Take Five" was probably the first Jazz tune I knew. He could groove to the strangest time signatures, and he and Paul Desmond created some of the most sublime, creative interplay I've ever heard.
10/3/2012 11:56:21 AM
Many of you have not heard of Niels Lan Doky. He lives and works in Europe for the most part. The son of a Vietnamese father and Danish mother, he is an exquisite pianist, and a brilliant composer of unique and original material. His brother Christian Minh Doky usually serves as his bass player. In recent years, he has produced films extolling the virtues of Jazz. Join me for an hour of music from this unique voice in Jazz.
8/31/2012 10:52:02 AM
Although probably not the first name that comes in to your mind when you think of Jazz trumpeters, Kenny Dorham belongs with the elite in Jazz history. I never ceased to be amazed at the subtle complexity conveyed in his improvisations. He was a great writer, as well, having contributed numerous tunes to the great Jazz songbook, including "Blue Bossa", one of the most recognizable tunes in Jazz.
8/30/2012 12:13:22 PM
Pat Martino is a quintessential jazz guitarist, admired by his peers as a true master. It's hard to believe, but a brain aneurysm gave him amnesia, which caused him to lose his ability to play. He rebounded by listening to his old recordings, and re-emerged to become one of the leading jazz musicians of our time.
8/20/2012 12:12:31 PM
Quintessentially Jazz. He played straight ahead, always. First on the trumpet, then more often the flugelhorn, they finally came up with something in-bewteen, called a flumpet, designed just for him. The Jazztet, with Benny Golson, are some of the finest Jazz recordings ever-made, adding to his own legacy as a recording artist. I met him once, and introduced him on stage. A perfect gentleman, and a great night of Jazz.