Hi, Alan Lambert here... this weekend, we celebrate Independence Day on Big Band Saturday Night. Some truly rare songs of the holiday along with some of our usual surprises. Join me at 8 o'clock on Public Radio 89.5!
At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."
Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? Feel free to pass along your own reviews in the comments section.
This past September, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma opened their 10th anniversary season with a program they titled Bright Winds, celebrating the history of chamber music writing for wind instruments. Offered in duo venues on Monday, September 17th at All Souls' Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, and on Tuesday, September 18th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, the concert opened with the Quartet for Winds by Jean Françaix.
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 100 Off Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music with host Jon Weber.
Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García.