Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on WEKU http://weku.fm en Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/andrew-hill-piano-jazz <em>Fifty years ago today, Andrew Hill recorded what would become his signature album: </em>Point of Departure<em>. Fifty years later, it still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Assembling a murderer's row of horn players (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson) with a rhythm section for the ages (Hill, Richard Davis, Tony Williams), Hill juxtaposed complex, layered harmonies with charged grooves. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:00 +0000 57555 at http://weku.fm Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/dave-brubeck-piano-jazz <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15156676/dave-brubeck">David Warren Brubeck</a> (Dec. 6, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2012) in Concord, Calif. His father was a cattle rancher and his mother taught piano. His two older brothers, Henry and Howard, studied to become musicians, but Dave had no intentions of following them, although he took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music, but played well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:39:00 +0000 Grant Jackson 36827 at http://weku.fm Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz Russell Malone On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/russell-malone-piano-jazz On this episode of <em>Piano Jazz</em>, guitarist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/154006064/russell-malone">Russell Malone</a> stops by along with bassist Richie Good for a set of solo, duo and trio performances with host <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>.<p>Malone was born in Albany, Ga., where he was raised on the music of the church and also picked up blues and country tunes he'd heard on radio and TV. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:23:00 +0000 Grant Jackson 36538 at http://weku.fm Russell Malone On Piano Jazz Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/tony-bennett-piano-jazz On this <em>Piano Jazz</em> session from 2004, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15200004">Tony Bennett</a> brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.<p>"Playing for [Tony Bennett] was the easiest thing in the world to do, he was such an easygoing guy," host <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a> says. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:35:00 +0000 36224 at http://weku.fm Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/anat-cohen-piano-jazz Israel-born clarinetist and saxophonist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15384147/anat-cohen">Anat Cohen</a> joins <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a quartet edition of <em>Piano Jazz.</em><p>Born and Raised in Tel Aviv, Anat Cohen grew up in a musical family: Her older brother Yuval played saxophone and her younger brother <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/137246879/avishai-cohen">Avishai</a> played trumpet. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:11:00 +0000 36029 at http://weku.fm Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/pete-malinverni-piano-jazz Pianist, composer and teacher Pete Malinverni is a multifaceted player known for his attention to melody and delicate phrasing. Spiritual influences radiate throughout his arrangement of "Deep River," and Malinverni and host <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a> end a delightful hour as they join together in a performance of the Harold Arlen standard "Get Happy."<p>Malinverni is a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:51:00 +0000 35637 at http://weku.fm Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/elizabeth-doyle-piano-jazz Elizabeth Doyle was brought up around all kinds of music from an early age, thanks to a truly musical family in South Dakota. Three of her four grandparents were professional musicians, including one radio performer and singing cowboy. Her father had played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy during WWII, and her mother was an avid singer and pianist. Both parents were fans of big-band music, jazz, and the show tunes of the '30s, '40s, and '50s.<p>Doyle began playing piano at age 6, and began writing her own songs soon thereafter. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:42:00 +0000 35266 at http://weku.fm Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/willie-nelson-piano-jazz Singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396875/willie-nelson">Willie Nelson</a> was born April 30, 1933, in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas. His early interest in music came about through singing in church, and he wrote his first song at age 7. By age 9, he'd begun playing in a local band; after high school, Nelson served briefly in the Air Force and studied at Baylor University. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:25:00 +0000 34889 at http://weku.fm Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz Eubie Blake On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/eubie-blake-piano-jazz This week, <em>Piano Jazz</em> digs deep into the archives with a session featuring James Herbert "Eubie" Blake. He was the last of the known living original ragtime pianists when he appeared on the program in 1980 with host <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123605">Marian McPartland</a>. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:42:00 +0000 Grant Jackson 34586 at http://weku.fm Dr. John On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/dr-john-piano-jazz <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14987602/dr-john">Dr. John</a>'s sound is a musical gumbo composed of blues, rock, R&amp;B, zydeco, jazz and standards, anchored by his own unmistakable voice and grooving piano work. He brought this unique blend to an episode of <em>Piano Jazz</em> that originally aired in spring 1989.<p>Dr. John was born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack Jr., in 1940 in New Orleans. "Mac" went to work in the music business at 15 as a backup guitarist for Fats Domino's band, but a gunshot wound to his left ring finger in a 1960 brawl ended his guitar-playing career. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:50:00 +0000 34347 at http://weku.fm Dr. John On Piano Jazz Milt Hinton On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/milt-hinton-piano-jazz <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16071611/milt-hinton">Milt Hinton</a> (a.k.a. "The Judge") was born June 23, 1910, in Vicksburg, Miss. As a boy, he moved to Chicago, where he studied several instruments before settling on the double bass. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:06:00 +0000 34167 at http://weku.fm Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/blossom-dearie-piano-jazz <em>This week's</em> Piano Jazz <em>is a rebroadcast of a show that first aired in 1985, presented as a tribute to Blossom Dearie, who <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100471291">died in 2009</a> at age 82.</em><p>The aptly named singer and pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15438724">Blossom Dearie</a> had a unique, childlike voice that, along with truly swinging piano work, could deliver scathing wit wrapped in a sweet package.<p>A consummate performer, Dearie eschewed jazz improvisation. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:49:00 +0000 33674 at http://weku.fm Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz Jesse Green On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/jesse-green-piano-jazz Delaware Water Gap, a small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, is home to its share of talented jazz musicians. <a href="../templates/story/story.php?storyId=18155902">Phil Woods</a> lives in the area, <a href="../templates/story/story.php?storyId=14867336">Keith Jarrett</a> is not too far away and the Deer Head Inn is a legendary jazz spot where both men have played. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:44:00 +0000 33324 at http://weku.fm Jesse Green On Piano Jazz Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/mimi-fox-piano-jazz San Francisco-based guitarist Mimi Fox was born in 1956 in New York City. Growing up, Fox recalls an eclectic mix of music in her home: Her father, an amateur drummer, enjoyed early jazz and had a collection of Dixieland albums. Her mother was a professional singer until Fox was 12, so the music of the American songbook was also present. Meanwhile, her older brother and sister were taken with the rock and pop sounds of the late '60s and early '70s.<p>Fox began playing the drums in the school band at age 9. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:09:00 +0000 33090 at http://weku.fm Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/stephane-grappelli-piano-jazz Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of the grandfather of the jazz violin: Stephane Grappelli. Born in Paris in 1908, Grappelli grew up very poor — his mother died when he was 4 and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools (including one run by the famous dancer Isadora Duncan) when his father was called away to WWI. Father and son were reunited after the war.<p>Grappelli was largely self-taught as a musician. He began learning to play piano in cafes and cabarets, convincing club owners to let him practice on their house pianos during off hours. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 22:04:00 +0000 32595 at http://weku.fm Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/allen-toussaint-elvis-costello-piano-jazz Singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15045892">Elvis Costello</a> sits down as a guest hot with music legend <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15403068">Allen Toussaint</a> in this installment of <em>Piano Jazz</em>. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:16:00 +0000 Alfred Turner 32443 at http://weku.fm Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz Paul Winter On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/paul-winter-piano-jazz This episode of <em>Piano Jazz</em> features the unique music of soprano saxophonist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16770767">Paul Winter</a>. He joins host Marian McPartland, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a set of ballads and originals. The set also features an additional special soloist — a humpback whale.<p>"It was very impressive," remembers McPartland. "And we don't often do a show so full of ballads. It was a different sort of show."<p>The alto and soprano saxophonist was born and raised in Altoona, Penn. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 20:56:00 +0000 31866 at http://weku.fm Paul Winter On Piano Jazz Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/melissa-walker-piano-jazz <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123605">Marian McPartland</a> recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.<p>"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:17:00 +0000 31490 at http://weku.fm Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/hod-obrien-piano-jazz On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of <em>Piano Jazz</em>, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."<p>"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:22:00 +0000 31057 at http://weku.fm Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz Grady Tate On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/grady-tate-piano-jazz Grady Tate has been lucky enough to have two distinct careers in jazz. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:18:00 +0000 30616 at http://weku.fm Grady Tate On Piano Jazz Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/radio-legend-studs-terkel-piano-jazz Though he's remembered for his intense interest in the lives of everyday folks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel was also a great lover of music, and especially jazz. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:25:00 +0000 30290 at http://weku.fm Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz Keith Jarrett On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/keith-jarrett-piano-jazz Host <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123605">Marian McPartland</a> tried for years to line-up elusive pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14867336">Keith Jarrett</a> for a <em>Piano Jazz</em> session. Following his stellar performance at Carnegie Hall in 2005, McPartland confronted the elusive performer and convinced him to put in an appearance on her show. The Allentown, Pa., native graciously invited McPartland and a small crew to his home studio, a converted barn next to his 18th-century farmhouse. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:54:00 +0000 29914 at http://weku.fm Keith Jarrett On Piano Jazz Dave Samuels On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/dave-samuels-piano-jazz For Dave Samuels, the love of his first two instruments — the drums and then the piano — naturally led him to the vibraphone. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:06:00 +0000 29539 at http://weku.fm Dave Samuels On Piano Jazz Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/dick-hyman-piano-jazz For this <em>Piano Jazz </em>recorded in 2009, host <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a> welcomes back pianist Dick Hyman, who appeared on several programs throughout the years including the first season in 1979.<p>"Dick has such great chops," says McPartland. "He can really race up and down the keyboard — he gave me a run for my money! It was great fun having him on the show."<p>Versatility has been one of Hyman's calling cards. His amazing chops and inquisitive mind have guided him into explorations of various styles of jazz. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:43:00 +0000 David Lyon 29171 at http://weku.fm Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz Helen Sung On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/helen-sung-piano-jazz Pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94239195/helen-sung">Helen Sung</a> is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15771594/clark-terry">Clark Terry</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396341/wynton-marsalis">Wynton Marsalis</a>.<p>Sung appeared on <em>Piano Jazz</em> on the heels of her 2006 release, <em>Helenistique</em>. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:39:00 +0000 28872 at http://weku.fm Helen Sung On Piano Jazz Dave McKenna On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/dave-mckenna-piano-jazz <em>This week's show is a tribute to the late pianist Dave McKenna with guest host, pianist and singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105952483">Daryl Sherman</a>, who was a friend of McKenna's and is a musical fixture at New York's famous Waldorf Astoria.</em><p>Dave McKenna, who started at age 15 in the late 1940s and early '50s with Charlie Ventura and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15404345">Woody Herman</a>, once said of himself, "I play saloon piano. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:40:00 +0000 Alfred Turner 28488 at http://weku.fm Dave McKenna On Piano Jazz Daniela Schaechter On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/daniela-schaechter-piano-jazz In 2005, a young Sicilian pianist named Daniela Schaechter won the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz competition. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123605">Marian McPartland</a> always takes great interest in the competition, as she greatly admired Mary Lou and is devoted to the next generation of female jazz musicians. McPartland wasted no time in having Schaechter on <em>Piano Jazz</em>.<p>Schaechter's musical journey began in a small town outside of Sicily. Wed, 30 May 2012 13:40:00 +0000 27233 at http://weku.fm Daniela Schaechter On Piano Jazz Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/gerald-wiggins-piano-jazz <em>Piano Jazz</em> remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins, who died in 2008, in a session recorded in 1992.<p>Born in 1922 in Harlem, N.Y., Wiggins began learning classical piano at a young age. He was a student at New York City's High School of Music and Art when he discovered jazz through pianists Teddy Wilson and, later, <a href="../templates/story/story.php?storyId=15196957">Art Tatum</a>. Tue, 29 May 2012 22:32:00 +0000 28077 at http://weku.fm Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz George Shearing On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/george-shearing-piano-jazz <em>This week's </em>Piano Jazz<em> was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.</em> <p>The late <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15404936">George Shearing</a> was a pianist, arranger and composer widely recognized for inventive, orchestrated jazz. Born the youngest of nine children to a working-class London family in 1919, Shearing, who is blind, received his only formal musical education through four years of study at the Linden Lodge School for the Blind. Tue, 29 May 2012 22:24:00 +0000 27730 at http://weku.fm George Shearing On Piano Jazz Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz http://weku.fm/post/barbara-carroll-piano-jazz Pianist and singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15326355">Barbara Carroll</a> is an old and dear friend of <em>Piano Jazz</em> host <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123605">Marian McPartland</a>. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on <em>Piano Jazz</em> when the show began 30 years ago. Tue, 29 May 2012 22:20:00 +0000 27339 at http://weku.fm Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz