The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.
When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein started working with the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, certain unique ideas — “Henryisms” — came to the fore.
The pianist rose to prominence as a gifted performer, becoming a mentor and tutor to many. Some of his students are now in his new band, which performs early classics and a new suite written for them.
“This is our house,” says the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center, introducing his long-running trio. The pianist plays the music of Fats Waller and other surprises.
The bitter suffering and voluptuous lyricism of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion are channeled with empathy by a popular piano duo.
A veteran of both music and medicine, Henderson got his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong, played in Herbie Hancock’s band and once had Thelonious Monk as a patient.
Marie pays tribute to the late Eartha Kitt by performing “C’est si bon” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
In 1993, Kitt and McPartland perform a stirring version of “God Bless the Child” and wind up the hour with the seductively swinging “You’d Be So Nice to Come to Home To.”
A hugely talented performer who also collaborates and composes at an astonishing rate, the saxophonist returned to New York recently for three different sets with three of his many different bands.
“I feel that in a band situation, you should have a really deep connection between the members,” says the trombonist, whose Washington, D.C.-area bandmates connect on and off the bandstand.