Sir Roland Hanna On Piano Jazz

The pianist plays his original tune "Portrait Of John Lewis" and duets with Marian McPartland at the 2002 Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

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This 2003 Piano Jazz session with guest Sir Roland Hanna (1932 – 2002) was recorded before a live audience at the 2002 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. A subtle and insightful pianist, Hanna was a superb two-piano partner, as evidenced by his and Marian McPartland‘s performances of “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “Blues In The Closet.” In this session, Hanna uses his solid sense of rhythm as a springboard into exciting explorations of melody and harmony. He shows off his skill as a composer with his own “Portrait Of John Lewis.”

Originally broadcast in the winter of 2002.

Set List
  • “Portrait Of John Lewis” (Hanna)
  • “Ambiance” (McPartland)
  • “A Foggy Day” (Gershwin)
  • “Yesterdays” (Harbach, Kern)
  • “Love Walked In” (Gershwin)
  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” (Porter)
  • “Secret Love” (Fain, Webster)
  • “With You in Mind” (McPartland)
  • “Blues in the Closet” (Pettiford)
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