Airs Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The musical style know as bebop is a style of jazz characterized on fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Developed in the early and mid-1940’s, bebop ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz. The inventors of bebop, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and a few others understood that the melodic logic of learning how to put together a line when playing was of paramount importance within the form.
Airs Thursday, August 15 at 8 p.m. When you're raised by a mother who is an aspiring concert pianist as well as your piano teacher, and she takes you to hear performances by Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Earl Hines, Hank Jones and Lester Young, you're not only a lucky guy, but you're presented with a great opportunity. Such was the case of NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton, who was born and grew up in Dallas, and used his mother's guidance as a stepping stone to play with Kenny Dorham, JJ Johnson, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and many others before leading his own group. Tune in for a 2012 recital given by Mr. Walton at the Savannah Music Festival.