Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

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A vital force on the West Coast jazz scene, Pete Jolly was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas and M*A*S*H.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly showcases his swinging piano style with a solo in “You, The Night And The Music”; then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of “Barbados.” McPartland solos in “Close Enough For Love,” and the two performers create a rousing finale as they play a two-person version of “Oleo.”

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1986.

Set List
  • “While My Lady Sleeps” (Kaper)
  • “Never Never Land” (Styne, Comden, Green)
  • “I Hear A Rhapsody” (Fragos, Baker, Gasparre)
  • “Close Enough For Love” (Mandel, Williams)
  • “Dearly Beloved” (Coltrane)
  • “You And The Night And The Music” (Schwartz, Dietz)
  • “Barbados” (Parker)
  • “New Orleans” (Carmichael)
  • “Oleo” (Rollins)
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1 thought on “Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

  1. There is so much more to be revealed about Pete Jolly and his contribution to the music scene in Film and Television, as well as the formative years of what was called “West-Coast-Jazz”.

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