Geoffrey Smith introduces recorded highlights from the career of vibraphonist Gary Burton
Effortlessly magnificent as trombonist and singer, Jack Teagarden became a jazz legend both for his peerless solos and his immortal partnership with Louis Armstrong. Geoffrey Smith chooses some Big T classics.
Vocal queens of the Swing Era, Mildred Bailey (1907-1951) was famed for her bouncy beat and perfect diction, while Lee Wiley (1908-75) entranced listeners with her husky sensuality. Geoffrey Smith celebrates their diverse styles.
A godfather of modern jazz, drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers launched the careers of a galaxy of stars from Horace Silver to Wynton Marsalis. Geoffrey Smith plays such Blakey hits as “Moanin'” and “Blues March”.
In the 1930s, Duke Ellington encouraged his star sidemen – stars like Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams – to record on their own, and their small group sessions form a rich addition to the Ellington canon. Geoffrey Smith selects some gems.
Karin Krog, diva of Norwegian jazz, celebrated her 80th birthday last year with a CD box restropective from 1967-2017, featuring such starry colleagues as Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, and her partner, British saxophonist-composer John Surman. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a great vocal career.
Pianist, composer and presiding spirit of the exotic ensemble he called his Arkestra, Sun Ra (1914-1993) was a unique jazz force, mixing swing and freedom, outrageous costumes and choreography. Geoffrey Smith celebrates an inimitable musician who claimed to hail from outer space…
A survey of recordings by jazz superstar and cult figure, pianist Keith Jarrett
In the week that marked the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s famous Carnegie Hall concert, Geoffrey Smith considers the evolution of jazz in concert, from Spirituals to Swing to Jazz at the Phiharmonic, with star turns by the likes of Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington.