The subject of this day's profile was pianist Sir Roland Hanna (b. Detroit, 1932-d. New Jersey, 2002). We took a sampling from a career that spanned many different contexts and sounds even as his playing never lost its wit, responsiveness, and sophistication.
Leena Mahan programmed the show beginning with Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, "Live at the Village Vanguard."
The subject of today's Profile is reeds player Carlos Ward. Known best as a sideman on many Abdullah Ibrahim recordings, our focus this afternoon is on his work with players like Karl Berger, Don Cherry, Rashied Ali, and Cecil Taylor.
Leena Mahan took over DJ duties from Paul Motian's record "Tribute" until the end of the show.
Profile of Dick Hyman (b. 1927), featuring his solo, duet, trio, and ensemble work as a leader and with the likes of Zoot Sims, Wes Montgomery, Joe Venuti, with brief forays into his ragtime/early American musical theater recordings and his electronic music.
The subject of this week's profile is pianist and composer Don Pullen. We began the show with a chronological look at Pullen's early work, followed by a thematic tour through the phases of an incredibly varied career as leader, sideman, and artist. Leena Mahan took over hosting & DJ duties following Pullen's "Solo Piano Album"
On this Jazz Profiles, we belatedly celebrated the 66th birthday of Anthony Braxton (b. 6/4/1945) by examining his early work with other members of the AACM as well as his solo and duet excursions and his flirtation with the jazz songbook. Leena Mahan took over DJ duties after Braxton's Donna Lee.