Piano Jazz Rising Stars with Jon Weber - Season 1
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January 3, 2012
Twenty-something pianist, composer, and educator Taylor Eigsti has been on the jazz scene for over a decade, and has lately set his sights on bringing jazz to a whole new audience. On this program Eigsti blends the old and new with solo renditions of “I Hear a Rhapsody,” Coldplay’s “Daylight,” and his original, “Magnolia.” (Photo Credit: Bill Douthart)
January 10, 2012
Alto saxophone phenom Grace Kelly has recorded with icons Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and is a seasoned road warrior with tour dates around the world -all before the age of 20! She recently added vocalist to her resume. Kelly duets with host Jon Weber on “The Way You Look Tonight,” and her original tunes: the bouncy “Flying Fish” and the sultry bossa nova vocal, “Gone.”
January 17, 2012
As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his “Etude #1” and “Alone Together,” and joins Jon Weber for “Just Friends.” (Photo Credit: Michael Kurgansky)
January 24, 2012
Vocalist Tammy McCann discovered jazz while she was an opera student in her native Chicago. She decided to apply her considerable vocal range to a broad palette of musical styles, touring as a backup singer for Ray Charles and with her own successful gospel ensemble. Host Jon Weber accompanies McCann on “Daydream,” “Why Was I Born,” and “Easy Living.”
January 31, 2012
Kris Bowers began classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—a major career boost for the Juilliard student. He brings his award-winning chops to the Piano Jazzstudios for this set of tunes.
February 7, 2012
Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
February 14, 2012
Dubbed “the Real Diehl” by Wynton Marsalis, pianist Aaron Diehl is bringing the music of keyboard giants like Scott Joplin, Art Tatum, and Duke Ellington to a whole new generation. Diehl was named the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz by the American Pianists Association. On this session, hear Diehl’s modern take on the music of the time honored masters of stride and swing.
February 21, 2012
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.” (Photo Credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz)
Feburary 28, 2012
Virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara began her classical studies at age 6. Today she is an in-demand jazz pianist able to play stride at blinding speed with deadly accuracy. More than a novelty, she is also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. Hiromi’s mega chops are on display in this week’s session with host Jon Weber. (Photo Credit: Sakiko Nomura)
March 6, 2012
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”
March 13, 2012
Vocalist Whitney James studied musical theatre and opera before committing to jazz, and her theatrical background has served her well. Her acclaimed 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love, revealed a fully formed voice on a confident set of beloved standards. With host Jon Weber as accompanist, James brings her rich, full alto tone to tunes including “Tenderly” and “If You Could See Me Now.” (Photo Credit: Marc Von Borstel)
March 20, 2012
Vibraphonist and band leader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: he tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU, and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. He’s also a three-time Grammy nominee and six-time Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalist Association. Harris takes to his fiery vibes playing through a set of standards and his originals.
March 27, 2012
Jason Moran is one of the most talked about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow, and his album, Ten, topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. He epitomizes today’s approach to music, regularly employing sampled loops as a “fourth band member” in live performances. This week Moran performs a definitive set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.
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