Jazz

Barbara Cook on Piano Jazz

By Alfred Turner

Barbara Cook at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall gala, MOMA, New York City. (April 12th 2011)

Barbara Cook at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall gala, MOMA, New York City. (April 12th 2011) Credit Joella Marano [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr This week Piano Jazz remembers Barbara Cook (1927 – August 8, 2017), the Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyric soprano who was a favorite of audiences around the world.

Gil Goldstein on Piano Jazz

By Laura Hunsberger

Gil Goldstein

Composer and arranger Gil Goldstein came to the piano by way of the accordion, which he has rediscovered and added to the jazz lexicon. Collaborations with Jaco Pistorius and Bill Evans fostered his career and led to work with David Sanborn, Michael Franks, and Al Jarreau, among others, and to writing original scores for films. In this 2001 Piano Jazz session, Goldstein solos on his own “City Lights.” McPartland accompanies him as he plays accordion for a few tunes, including “Waltz for Debbie.”

Program Brings New York Musicians to Write and Perform with South Carolina Prisoners

By Tut Underwood

Program Brings New York Musicians to Write and Perform with South Carolina Prisoners

Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville counts numerous musicians among its inmates.  Such is their talent that they have attracted the attention of DeCoda, a New York-based chamber music group.  For four years now, the prison has sponsored a program with the group in which DeCoda comes to work with the prisoners at Lee for a week to write and play music for an annual performance.  

Jazz Festival Honors the Legendary Dizzy Gillespie in His Hometown

By Russ McKinney

A statue of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie outside his family home in Cheraw, SC.

Events are underway this week in the Chesterfield County town of Cheraw for the S.C. Jazz Festival.  This year's festival, the 12th annual Jazz Festival, has special significance because on October 21, 1917 jazz great Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw.   Although Gillespie died in 1993 at age 75, his musical legacy endures.

Veteran jazz performer, and professor of music at Lander University Dr. Robert Gardiner says Dizzy Gillespie was perhaps the greatest trumpet player ever.

South Carolina Jazz Festival

By Tabitha Safdi

Jazz Festival

Jazz king John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born in Cheraw in 1917. Dizzy was a founder of modern jazz, an innovative trumpeter known for his bent horn and bulging cheeks. The South Carolina Jazz Festival celebrates Dizzy and his accomplishments with performances from regional artists, golf tournament, tons of kids activities and even a Bebop parade!

Another Way of Speaking (Spoleto 2007)

Another Way of Speaking

Jazz singer Rene Marie sound checks at The Cistern at the College of Charleston.

Spoleto Festival USA 2017 is May 26 – June 11 in Charleston, SC. Visit the website for more information.
 
Watch some of our favorite performances on this edition of Palmetto Scene.