Airs Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. There have been many outstanding piano trios throughout the history of jazz, each with its own signature sound. There is the majestic swing of the Oscar Peterson Trio, the classy bop of the Hank Jones Trio, the great independence of the Bill Evans Trio, and the powerful virtuosity of Bud Powell's trios. Each great jazz piano trio brought something slightly different into the fold, combining swing, group interaction, and musical dynamics in unique ways. In this episode, we listen to one of the finest contemporary jazz piano trios, the Bill Charlap Trio, in concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival with special guest Houston Person. Part two of two.
Airs Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. When pianist Bill Charlap arrived in Savannah with his trio to play three sets of music over the course of one evening, he made it emphatically clear that he had no intention of repeating himself. Possessing a profound knowledge of music and the American songbook, he delivered four hours of ballads, blues and enough good hot swing to satisfy every patron in attendance. Tune in to hear Bill Charlap's Trio with special guests Frank Wess and Slide Hampton, recorded live at the Savannah Music Festival.