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Conductor, composer, and pianist André Previn has received multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, including honors from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy Awards. Previn achieved an exceptional reputation as a jazz pianist in a series of recordings he made in the 1950s and ’60s.
On this 1990 Piano Jazz, Previn plays a special treatment of “Stormy Weather” and then joins Marian McPartland for an improvisation of “Stars Fell on Alabama.”
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1990.
- “Stormy Weather” (Arlen, Koehler)
- “This Time the Dream’s on Me” (Arlen, Mercer)
- “Good Queen Bess” (Hodges)
- “You’re Gonna Hear from Me” (Previn, Langdon)
- “After All” (Arlen, Koehler)
- “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” (Burke, Van Heusen)
- “It Could Happen to You” (Burke, Van Heusen)
- “Stars Fell on Alabama” (Parish, Perkins)
- “Twilight World” (McPartland, Mercer)
- “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” (Ellington)