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Roger Kellaway – Episode 11

Roger Kellaway is a versatile and ubiquitous pianist, often heard behind the scenes supporting others and working in film and TV soundtrack work, creating scores and even composing for the ballet.

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Junior Mance – Episode 09

This time on the Chiaroscuro Podcast we feature versatile pianist Junior Mance, one of the most frequently featured artists on the Chiaroscuro label.

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton – Episode 07

This time on The Chiaroscuro Podcast, we feature baritone saxophonist, composer, and arranger Gerry Mulligan; a legend who recorded close to 50 albums over the course of his career and played with or arranged for artists such as Miles Davis, Gene Krupa, Claude Thornhill and Chet Baker.

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Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan – Episode 06

This time on The Chiaroscuro Podcast, we feature baritone saxophonist, composer, and arranger Gerry Mulligan; a legend who recorded close to 50 albums over the course of his career and played with or arranged for artists such as Miles Davis, Gene Krupa, Claude Thornhill and Chet Baker.

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Mike Jones – Episode 05

This time on The Chiaroscuro Podcast, we’ll explore the work of contemporary Chiaroscuro pianist Mike Jones. About Mike Jones Jones made his recording debut on Chiaroscuro in 1993 with an album called Oh! Look at Me Now. He also has four other releases on the label. These days, Jones is known for his long association with Penn & Teller in

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Jay McShann – Episode 04

This time on The Chiaroscuro Podcast, we’ll explore the work of legendary Kansas City jazz pianist Jay McShann. George Graham dives into the discography of the venerable artist sometimes known as “Hootie.” Find out how he earned that nickname, and hear cuts from throughout his career.

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Flip Phillips - The Chiaroscuro Podcast

Flip Phillips – Episode 03

This time on The Chiaroscuro Podcast, we’ll explore the work of Tenor Saxophonist Flip Phillips. George Graham dives into the discography of the venerable artist sometimes known as “The Claw.” Find out how he earned that nickname, and hear cuts from throughout his career, including a track from the newly re-released album “John & Joe”.

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Al Grey – Episode 02

Please enjoy the second episode of The Chairoscuro Podcast, where host George Graham examines the legacy of Chiaroscuro artist Al Grey. Chiaroscuro Records · The Chiaroscuro Podcast Episode 02 – Al Grey

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Remembering Bob Wilber

(1928-2019) Bob Wilber performed for Chiaroscuro as sideman, arranger and/or leader on 10 projects that spanned the years 1976-1995. It is widely considered that his best recordings were the studio Summit Reunion sessions that were done at Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary studios. We first heard Bob in 1958 as a member (tenor saxophone) of the Benny Goodman Orchestra and became

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Eddie Condon

By Hank O’Neal Eddie Condon’s autobiography, We Called It Music, was published in 1947 and was easily the best autobiographical book by a jazz musician up to that time. This is why the book has remained in print for nearly seventy years. In 1947, Eddie Condon was more that just a prominent jazz musician, he was a New York City

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Looking For Sprouts in the Spring

By Jan Souther When I was very young, Mom used to take me for what she called “nature walks” around the neighborhood.  She saw nature everywhere.  Instead of passing a pile of leaves around a telephone pole, for instance, we would stop and brush them aside to examine the small plants just starting to grow in the dirt.  Anything big

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An Appreciation of Marian McPartland

by Nicholas Niles Key to the very beginning of Chiaroscuro was Marian McPartland.  As we all know, Marian is a major figure in jazz. Not only has her playing over the years been an important addition to the annals of jazz, but her wonderful NPR program “Piano Jazz” is a major contribution to the world of jazz as well as

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My life with Jazz and Chiaroscuro

by Nicholas Niles As I look back on my love of jazz, I remember many really terrific jazz experiences. Now that I am a bit older, when I connect many of these seemingly unrelated experiences it is amazing how many connect in turn to Chiaroscuro. Here is one of my first ones. I hope you find it interesting. In 1968, I

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Presentation Pieces

By Jan Souther  “Joe Smith on trombone!  Joe Smith!” You’re partway through an evening of fine jazz and the bandleader says, “The waiters don’t want no trombone playing in here; nope, the waiters don’t want no trombone playing in here.  But we don’t care and let them stare; we’ll play our trombones now.  Here’s Joe Smith.” Joe takes a solo

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An Appreciation of Vic Dickenson

By Andrew Sordoni For more than 50 years jazz music has intrigued and nourished my whole self without ever demanding more than  attention. At various times my focus fluctuated from meager to intense but at no time was jazz away from my need to listen, to know and to feel. As a producer, enabler and manager of events and a respected

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Music on the High C’s

By Tom Carten Just as WVIA-FM now has three channels for your news and information needs, so did Spike Jones with his City Slickers; the Band that Plays for Fun; and the little known Other Orchestra.  As with many movies which are critically acclaimed but box-office disasters, Spike’s attempt to dabble in fine pop music with a little jazz touch

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