Next time on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair, we're joined by Carol Sloane. She is a "singer's singer" - one of those rare vocalists whose name may not be universally known, but is immediately identifiable, respected and admired by those who play the music & follow it closely.
Improvised Thoughts w/ Beegie Adair & our guest tonight, Arturo Sandoval – in a program first heard in 1993. Our featured music tonight – the CD Flight to Freedom, Arturo Sandoval’s first recording under the GRP label AND I Remember Clifford, released in March of '92, and received two Grammy nominations.
This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we’ll spend an hour with Grammy Award winning pianist, composer & arranger Bill Cunliffe. At the time of this program (1994) Bill Cunliffe’s career as a serious jazz musician was beginning to pay dividends. His studies with the great Mary Lou Williams, tours with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Joshua Redman & his winning of the 1989 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition all helped in making him a much sought after artist.
This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair the late, great pianist James Williams is our guest in a program first heard in 1996. We get a rare opportunity to hear this exceptional, multi-faceted musician perform in 3 different settings - two of them from live performances, all from the same time period (the mid-1990s). He talks about each.
On this edition of Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we spend an hour with another member of America's jazz royalty, Dr. Billy Taylor, in a program first heard in the spring of 1994. Though he left us in 2010, how wonderful it is to hear that warm, soothing, immediately identifiable voice again - that of perhaps the greatest advocate/ambassador modern jazz has ever had.