Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

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Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist and pianist Marcius Mosely “Buck” Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Grady Tate.

In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in “All the Things You Are” and duets with host Marian McPartland in “It’s Delovely.”

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1984.

Set List
  • “All The Things You Are” (Kern, Hammerstein)
  • “My One And Only Love” (Wood, I. Mellin)
  • “Crazy Rhythm” (Meyer, Kahn, Caesar)
  • “For A Girl” (Carter)
  • “You Do Something To Me” (Porter)
  • “Look To The Sky” (Jobim)
  • “Ode To A Rose”
  • “It’s Delovely” (Porter)
  • “Sand In My Shoes” (Schertziner, Loesser)
  • “Get Happy” (Arlen, Kohler)
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2 thoughts on “Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

  1. Dardanelle was a good friend, and it’s such a joy to hear this interview! She was a wonder and full of surprises. I played for her funeral.

  2. I’d heard about this program, but today is the first time to be able to listen to it. Dardanelle was a good friend, and this is just a perfect example of her playing and her personality. She and I were good friends and played a few programs together; then I played for her funeral. She was a wonder!

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