A very cool interview with Keith Jarrett by Keith Goetzman for the UTNE reader around the release of Jarrett’s La Scala in 1997. Jarrett attempts to describe how he prepares for one of his solo improv concerts.
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In this hour long NPR Piano Jazz interview originally recorded Nov. 6, 1978 and broadcast May 27, 1979, the usually quiet and reserved musical genius Bill Evans opens up about his approach and philosophy.
Composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock stars on this episode of the long running NPR radio show Piano Jazz originally recorded Jan. 3, 1987 and originally broadcast April 2, 1987. The ever-inventive Hancock sticks with the acoustic piano for this set of solos and duets with host Marian McPartland. Hancock performs a mix of his originals — “Dolphin Dance” and “Still Time” — and standards including “Limehouse Blues,” “It Never Entered My Mind” and “That Old Black Magic.”
This December 1977 BBC Four interview of Oscar Peterson was conducted (pun intended) by André Previn sitting piano side and covers just about anything you’d like to know about the great Canadian pianist. Peterson performs examples (as does Previn) and the two generally yuck it up for an hour. Previn is typically funny and Peterson is typically great.
The first interview posted of what we expect to be very many! For the inaugural entry, we chose the 1966 documentary ‘The Universal Mind Of Bill Evans, a 45 minute interview of Bill Evans by his brother, LSU professor Harry Evans, with an introduction and commentary by Comedian Steve Allen. This documentary features Evans discussing his concepts of creativity and improvisation along with demonstrations at the piano. A must see for jazz fans and musicians alike.