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    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

    Written by Marc Myers

    Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:48

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

    Henry Mancini: Dreamsville

    Written by Marc Myers

    Tuesday, 04 April 2017 11:36

    7217068020_3d01d654b8_bOne of my favorite mid-tempo ballads is Henry Mancini's Dreamsville.

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