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Leonard Feather (1914–1994) was hailed as the “Dean of Jazz Journalists.” He critiqued artists for Downbeat, Melody Maker, Wire and his own weekly syndicated column in the Los Angeles Times. He authored works including The Jazz Years: Earwitness To An Era and The Encyclopedia Of Jazz. Feather also played piano and composed works recorded by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan, to name a few.
In this 1988 episode of Piano Jazz, Feather solos in “Lost In The Stars” and two original blues medleys.
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1988.
- Blues Medley: “Mighty Like The Blues,” “Blues Before Dawn” (Feather)
- Blues Medley: “Low Flame,” “Blues At Mary Lou’s” (Feather)
- “Lost In The Stars” (Weill, Anderson)
- “Some Other Spring” (Kitchings, Herzog)
- “Whisper Not” (Feather)
- “Sweet Lorraine” (Burwell, Parish)
- “Lonesome As The Night Is Long” (Feather)
- “Ambiance” (McPartland)
- “Heavy Hearted Blues” (Feather)
- “This Is New” (Weill, Gershwin)
- “One O’Clock Jump/Blues In F” (Basie)