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  • Aaron Goldberg And Leon Parker Talk With Gary Walker

    February 11, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Innovative pianist Aaron Goldberg and reclusive percussionist Leon Parker have teamed up for a collaboration that, in their own words, seeks to "expand the sonic, communicative, and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting". They sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker to talk about this ambitious plan.

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  • The ELEW Trio With Veal And Tain

    February 11, 2016

    Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business perspective — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to him deeply. So, performing under the name ELEW, he devised a new theatrical, high-energy method of solo piano he called rockjazz, and his cover songs took him to TED Conferences, national tours, America's Got Talent, celebrity gatherings and the White House. But he never left the late-night straight-ahead jam sessions: In fact, he's just recorded And To The Republic, a return to the jazz trio format featuring some major players.

    Jazz Night In America follows ELEW to the studio, and to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola within Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his burning band includes Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

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  • Monty Alexander Talks Sinatra, Superman, and New York

    February 9, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Pianist Monty Alexander sits down with Michael Bourne on WBGO's Singers Unlimited to talk about the development of jazz as it traveled from New Orleans to the Caribbean, how the allure of New York drew him into the vibrant city club scene from Jamaica, as well as his love of Sinatra and how he brings a personal connection to the iconic vocalist's songbook.

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