Posted by: artsound | July 6, 2010

Piano Jazz on ArtSound

ArtSound has begun a new series of music specials on Saturdays at 6pm, commencing with some excerpts from the US National Public Radio series “Piano Jazz”.  Hosted by renowned pianist Marian McPartland, the series mixes impromptu performance and dialogues with world class singers and jazz musicians, famous and obscure.

The series began last Saturday with Marion’s fascinating encounter with Elvis Costello and continues next Saturday with the definitive swing-era pianist Teddy Wilson.  He speaks volumes about jazz piano, both in terms of how far it has come and how much it has lost, and reveals “that he learned more through playing for dancers than through backing singers – the dancers who stomped at the Savoy and swooned to the tunes of swing time, taught him that pulse is the heartbeat of jazz” (Robert Doerschuk, Keyboard Magazine).

In coming weeks, through July and August,  you’ll be able to hear the following guests on Marian’s program:

Teddy Wilson – July 10

Dave Brubeck – July 17

Carmen McRae – July 24

Bill Evans – July 31

Steely Dan – August 7

Oscar Peterson – August 14

Mary Lou Williams – August 21

Bruce Hornsby – August 28

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