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
Buddy Rich was a legendary jazz drummer. Geoffrey Smith traces his blazing career.
From 1964-68, trumpet icon Miles Davis (1926-91) revolutionised jazz with an all-star quintet featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and the fiery young rhythm section of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Geoffrey Smith chooses highlights by a classic band.
Besides his legendary feats as a trumpet king and vocal star, Louis Armstrong made a series of brilliant recordings with other singers, from the empress of the blues Bessie Smith to Bing Crosby. Geoffrey Smith salutes Satchmo’s superb talents as an accompanist.
Geoffrey Smith considers the influence of Classical music on jazz.
Geoffrey Smith explores the music of jazz composer & instrumentalist Mike Gibbs
Key sidemen in classic sessions with Charles Mingus, saxophonists Booker Ervin (1930-70) and John Handy (1933- ) and pianist Jaki Byard (1922-99) were also stars in their own right. Geoffrey Smith selects highlights from three distinguished solo careers.
Looking forward to next Thursday’s jazz Prom (Beneath the Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited on August 24), Geoffrey Smith celebrates the passionate life and creativity of the unique bassist, composer and leader, surveying some of Mingus’s greatest work.