In the concluding part of his tribute to the warmth and wit of trombone king Vic Dickenson, Geoffrey Smith showcases his partnerships with the likes of Lester Young and Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff and Bobby Hackett—kindred spirits to Vic’s uniquely laidback sliphorn style.
Geoffrey Smith celebrates September with autumnal fare including George Shearing’s September In The Rain, Sarah Vaughan’s September Song, and Autumn Leaves by Bill Evans
A survey of great jazz interpretations of the music of Leonard Bernstein
One of the trail-blazers of contemporary piano, McCoy Tyner made his name with John Coltrane’s iconic quartet, then starred with his own groups, encompassing modality, world music and cutting-edge swing. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a great jazz innovator.
Fans of saxophonist legend John Coltrane were recently delighted by the discovery of a long-lost Coltrane album, titled Both Directions at Once, recorded in 1963 just one day before Coltrane’s classic duo album with singer Johnny Hartman. Geoffrey Smith compares tracks from both sessions as an intriguing portrait of Coltrane.
From 1947 till his death in 1971, Louis Armstrong toured the world with his All-Stars, enchanting audiences with his unique mix of classic tunes, great playing and irrepressible joie de vivre. Geoffrey Smith features All-Star favourites including Muskrat Ramble and The Saints Go Marching in.