Whistling guitarist and harmonica master Toots Thielemans has played in everything from Charlie Parker’s band to commercials for Old Spice. In his childhood home of Brussels — really, throughout his homeland — the celebration of his 90th birthday is on.
Buffalo native Christopher Ziemba is a young pianist and composer, currently honing his craft at the Eastman School of Music. He took the stage at age 7, and he’s already performed at Carnegie Hall. Ziemba makes his Piano Jazz debut here, performing “Dream Dancing” and “The Nearness of You.”
Steve Lehman’s new album Dialect Fluorescent ends with a song called “Mr. E,” a composition written by jazz legend Jackie McLean. But the connections run deep between Lehman and the alto saxophonist he considers a personal hero.
He broke all the rules of jazz and improvised music — and that was in the 1950s. Now 83 and idolized by musicians, the great improviser is celebrated for developing a unique language at the keyboard.