Jean Baptise Thielemans was born April 29, 1922. Over his long and colorful life, the harmonica man has lived in and played the music of Belgium, Paris and New York -- not to mention his most recent love, Brazil. In this concert, he chooses songs by Mancini and Miles, a quote from "La Marseillaise and a piece by Jacques Brel, and a melding of "Bridges (Milton Nascimento) and "God Bless America.
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, K.D. Lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey.
Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a "quiet fire" that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like "Waltz for Debby," "Five" and "Peri's Scope."
Get whisked away to "Autumn in New York," "April in Paris" or "A Cabin in the Sky." Vocalist Ethel Ennis joins pianist Bill Charlap with Houston Person (saxophone), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) to light up the book of composer Vernon Duke. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Legendary pianist Fred Hersch is our guest on Thursday. He'll be performing his critically acclaimed Walt Whitman's opus "Leaves of Grass" in NEC's Jordan Hall later this month. We'll hear about that and more when the always-exciting Fred Hersch join us at 2 pm.
On Wednesday's Jazz New England we'll be in the WICN Performance Studio for some live music. Jazz Trane, an ensemble of students from The Joy Of Music Program, will show us the future of jazz. Jazz Trane: Peter Hodskins, piano; Christopher Huck, trumpet; Gretchen Henrich, flute; Victor Pacek, bass; Sam Palermo, drums make up Jazz Trane and they'll be joined by Educators Rich Ardizone & Jerry Sabatini.
Pianist, composer and Berklee educator Marc Rossi visits on Tuesday's Jazz New England. His music crosses many musical boundaries and we'll get some examples of that and you'll also hear where you can see Marc this weekend. See you at 2 pm.
On Monday one of our dear friends, Kate McGarry, calls in on Jazz New England. Her latest release "Girl Talk" is another critical success and Kate will be performing in New England this week. Join us for some good time fun with Kate McGarry at 2 pm.