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A true prodigy, pianist Aaron Parks was still in his teens when he was Marian McPartland‘s guest for this 2001 session. That year, he placed first in the fifth American Jazz Piano Competition, landing the Cole Porter Fellowship. He went on to place third in the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has built a prolific career as a performer and recording artist.
On this episode of Piano Jazz, Parks performs Cole Porter’s “Miss Otis Regrets” and several other standards.
Originally broadcast in the fall of 2001.