Born Peter Sims, the New York native played what he called his first jazz gig in 1957. It was immortalized as a Sonny Rollins live recording, and led to work with Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and more. The first-call player of New York’s ’50s and ’60s heyday was 74 years old.
Israeli export Anat Cohen is equally conversant in modern and traditional jazz, classical music, and a host of Afro-Cuban styles. The exciting tenor saxophonist and clarinetist joins a quartet with Marian McPartland.
One of contemporary jazz’s most renowned pianists dazzles during his recent visit to KPLU’s studios in Seattle. Watch Chestnut work magic throughout this three-song solo set.
In an archival show from 1990, Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of Stephane Grappelli, one of the jazz world’s greatest violinists. Grappelli first found fame in France with Django Reinhart’s Quintette du Hot Club. He went on to an illustrious career playing with everyone from Oscar Peterson to Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma.