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Nat King Cole – Jazz Pianist – Part 1

“Perhaps the first great crossover musician, Cole's evolution from dazzling pianist to luxuriant crooner has often caused the wringing of hands in the jazz audience. Yet one also wonders if, by the time he had become a singing star, he had already said everything he had to on the keyboard, during the enormous series of [...]

The Undiscovered Dave Brubeck Quartet – Part 1

Dave Brubeck’s tunes and songs dotted the American musical landscape during the second half century of the 20th century and beyond. Brubeck [1920-2012] is perhaps best known as the leader of a “classic” Jazz quartet that performed in venues all over the world from 1956 -1968 and featured the talents of Paul Desmond on alto [...]

Thinking in Jazz – “Seeing Out A Bit”

“It all goes from imitation to assimilation to innovation. You move from the imitation stage to the assimilation stage when you take little bits of things from different people and weld them into an identifiable style—creating your own style. Once you've created your own sound and you have a good sense of the history of [...]

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