Piano Jazz with Jon Weber - Season 1
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April 2, 2013
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Pianist and composer Dan Tepfer performs solo concerts that are often completely improvised. He also has an ongoing duo project with legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Overseas he's been a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea. This week Tepfer talks about his album of improvisations based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and plays a few standards.
April 9, 2013
Pianist Laurence Hobgood is known for his work with vocalist Kurt Elling, but his own trio and solo work has set him apart as a virtuoso in his own right. His accolades include a Grammy Award, and he's played venues worldwide, including the White House and Queen Elizabeth Hall. On this week's program, he displays his dexterity as a composer on his tunes, "One Version of Happiness" and "Beyond Words."
April 16, 2013
Variety calls Allan Harris a "velvet-voiced singer, with a savvy manner and music in his veins." Playing to packed houses around the world, he has also penned the musical, Cross That River, an Old West tale told in the voice of a black cowboy. Harris joins Weber this week to tell his own story, with music including "Can't Live My Life" and "Blue Was Angry."
April 23, 2013
MAC Award-winning vocalist Stacy Sullivan lends her smoky alto to cabaret classics and standards, making them her own. With Jon Weber, she brought the music of the legendary Peggy Lee to the stage with her acclaimed show, "A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee." She reunites with her long-time collaborator for a conversation about the songs that will never fade, including "I Love Being Here with You."
April 30, 2013
A five-time Grammy nominee, blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with renowned musicians including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and Bob Dylan. Named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine, he recently started his first rock-focused project, Renegade Creation. Ford joins Jon Weber for this episode of Piano Jazz, which includes duets of "On That Morning" and "Set A Date."
May 7, 2013
Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has captivated audiences with his fusion of jazz and rock. He appeared on the Grammy Award-winning Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans; he's also worked with the Dave Douglas Quintet and the adventurous quartet, Lan Xang. This week McCaslin joins host Weber to perform a few of his favorite tunes.
May 14, 2013
Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. Named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, his innovative music reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American and has made him a Guggenheim fellow. He shares his fascinating style and story on this edition of Piano Jazz.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
May 21, 2013
Radio France describes vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as "disarmingly musical." In her early twenties, she's already won the Thelonious Monk competition and gained the ear of Wynton Marsalis. On this week's Piano Jazz, Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and host Weber accompanies her on "I Can't Dance" and "A Fine Romance."
May 28, 2013
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Bassist Linda Oh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, and moved to Western Australia where she started out playing bass in rock bands. Since discovering the double bass, Oh has become a steady presence on the scene whether playing with a string quartet, composing for film, or covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh brings her unique low end flavor to this set with Jon Weber.
June 4, 2013
Vocalist Marissa Mulder has made her mark on the New York cabaret scene with a voice that recalls the legendary Blossom Dearie. She earned a spot on the Times Square Chronicles' Top Ten list in 2011, and her current show, Illusions, has gained acclaim. This week Mulder and host Weber talk about bringing new life to old standards and perform a set of the songs that she holds dear.
June 11, 2013
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Banjoist Cynthia Sayer is regarded as one of the best in the world, able to perform in virtually any genre. Her accolades include the National Banjo Hall of Fame, a New York Philharmonic appearance, and performing for two US Presidents. She's played with director Woody Allen's jazz band for over ten years, and on this week's show Sayer diplays a fresh take on an old time sound.
June 18, 2013
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Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent as well as more than one hundred Off- Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this week's Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music.
June 25, 2013
As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, John Medeski has brought jazz & fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano performances in venues world-wide. This week Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform new pieces from his solo piano album as well as a surprising duet or two.
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