The jazz masters’ first album of entirely original material pushes music lovers to dance. At its heart, That’s It! is a memory trick, managing to sound both familiar and fresh. But this is more than a live performance by a hot band.
Siegel, a singer, is one quarter of the jazz supergroup The Manhattan Transfer. Throughout the 30 years she’s spent with that musical institution, she’s also released her own recordings featuring hip, seductive arrangements of standards, as well as newer works. Here, she visits Piano Jazz along with pianist and accordion player Gil Goldstein.
Saxophonist Phil Woods is a true master of all things bop. He’s been one of the top alto players since his debut in the mid-1950s, and he’s been called the musical heir to Charlie Parker. In this session from 2003, Woods joins host Marian McPartland, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin in “How About You” and “Fine and Dandy.”
As NPR’s employees file their federal returns and take up shop in a new building, we look back at an interesting historical moment in the 1940s. A cabaret tax led to more jazz being performed in smaller venues that couldn’t accommodate dancing. Of course, that’s not the only reason why bebop sounds the way it does.