Big Band Jazz will ring out at the Wright Music Building on the MTSU Campus, Friday, February 13, at 7:30 PM. The occasion will be the Celebration of 40 Years of Big Band Jazz at MTSU. Three big bands, composed of students who participated in MTSU jazz ensembles from 1973 to 2014 will perform under the direction of 

George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz

Dec 19, 2014

British jazz pianist George Shearing was a friend and frequent guest on Piano Jazz. On this special edition of the program from 2001, Shearing joins host Marian McPartland to celebrate the holidays in a jazzy way.

The two reminisce about seasons gone by and perform traditional and contemporary holiday tunes, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger."


A conversation with Beegie Adair and this week's guest on Improvised Thoughts, pianist Joanne Brackeen. Allmusic.com describes the remarkable Brackeen as "a gifted pianist and composer whose harmonically advanced, creatively complex, and rhythmically adventuresome music greatly enhanced the development of jazz during the closing decades of the 20th century."  We agree, and bring you this program first heard in 1994.

  Scott Yanow writes in the All Music Guide:  "One of the great jokesters in jazz (whose spontaneous monologues are as hilarious as they are tasteless), Jack Sheldon's personality has sometimes overshadowed his excellent trumpet playing and effective vocals ...

This week we welcome Shelly Berg whose debut recording as a bandleader, “The Joy”, had just been released (DMP-1996).  It was a well-received, straight ahead jazz piano trio recording.  “The Joy” would serve as an introduction to a remarkably talented and articulate musician who’d quickly excel at a broad range of musical disciplines.  Though referred to back then as “a talented if somewhat obscure pianist”, he was the chair of Jazz Studies at U.S.C.