Known as “the hi-de-ho man”, Cab Calloway (1907-1994) was famed for his outrageous scat-singing and dress sense. But he also led a great band featuring the likes of Dizzy Gillespie. Geoffery Smith salutes a legendary jazz character.
A survey of three stride pianists: Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood and Dick Hyman
As Thelonious Monk becomes Radio 3’s Composer of the Week next Monday, Geoffrey Smith provides a preview with a programme of Monk displaying his distinctive touch at the piano, in solos and trios, standards and originals.
As the EFG London Jazz Festival kicks off, Geoffrey Smith highlights favourites from among such starry attractions as pianists Herbie Hancock and Abdullah Ibrahim, guitarist Pat Metheny, saxophonists Scott Hamilton and John Surman, and vocalists Eliane Elias and Karen Krog.
Dixieland-style trumpeters Muggsy Spanier and Max Kaminsky
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess has provided jazz musicians with a host of gorgeous melodies.Drawing on interpretations from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, Geoffrey Smith presents an all-star omnibus version of the opera.
Bebop godfather and wit, trumpet virtuoso, composer and leader, Dizzy Gillespie (1917-93) was born one hundred years ago today
Geoffrey Smith celebrates his legendary career and influence with classic recordings featuring such fellow immortals as altoist Charlie Parker.
Inspired by Radio3’s weekend exploration of memory, Geoffrey Smith showcases performers and music recalling people and places from the past, including the likes of Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.
Geoffrey Smith celebrates the unique art of pianist Thelonious Monk