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Pianist Dwike Mitchell (1930-2013) joined bassist and French-horn soloist Willie Ruff in 1955 to form the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, which created a stir in New York nightclubs and around the globe as they gained recognition for their elegant sound.
On this 1989 episode of Piano Jazz, Mitchell demonstrates his formidable technique, touch and feeling in “Lush Life,” and he and host Marian McPartland form their own duo to perform “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1989.
- “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” (Bloom, Koehler)
- “Lush Life” (Strayhorn)
- “For All We Know” (Coots, Lewis)
- “Where Are The Good Companions?” (Wilder)
- “Everything I Love” (Porter)
- “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (Bricusse, Newly)
- “All The Things You Are” (Hammerstein, Kern)
- “When The World Was Young” (Mercer, Philippe-Gerard, Vannier)
- “Autumn Leaves” (Kosma, Mercer, Prevert)