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The Harry South Songbook

Harry South is virtually unknown in the States today, but in the U.K. and throughout much of Europe, he was a highly regarded English jazz pianist, composer and arranger. South began his recording career in Britain the early 1950s and remained active until 1990, when he died in March of that year. Interestingly, he never seems to have toured or recorded in the U.S.

Videos: Jackie and Roy

One of the hippest female jazz singers of the late 1940s and beyond was Jackie Cain. Jackie had an upbeat wholesomeness and sly sensibility that seemed to come naturally. When Jackie met pianist Roy Kral in Charlie Ventura's bop band of 1948, they married and the pair became a successful duo act in clubs throughout the country. Roy came up with the most beautiful chord voicings and arrangements, not to mention a warm, loving voice, while Jackie always found the smartest hot notes. They rehearsed tirelessly to find just the right swinging sound on each song they embraced. 


Interview: Aaron Diehl

Pianist Aaron Diehl has a way of making you think about what you're hearing. This happens on ballads such as Single Petal of a Rose and Blue Nude from his The Bespoke Man's Narrative (2013). But Aaron also makes you think when turning up the heat with staggering command, as he does on Uranus and Broadway Boogie Woogie from his Space, Time and Continuum (2015) album. His ballads tend to have a Charles Mingus-like brooding quality while his uptempo works exhibit a strong, impeccable technique as his fingers fly over the keyboard.

Georgia Mancio: Songbook


Songbook Front Cover Artwork copyThe title of Georgia Mancio's new album with pianist Alan Broadbent is a tad misleading. None of the songs on the recording is an American Songbook standard.

Junior Mance Film Effort

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:48

567259Last week, Sarit Work sent along the following email about pianist Junior Mance...

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