Sunday night at 5, join Scott Hanley for an interview with pianist Shamie Royston, appearing with her quintet at the Greer Cabaret on Tuesday at 8, downtown. If you listen closely, you might even have the chance to win tickets to Tuesday’s Show!
Shamie Royston comes from a musical family, including her sister, saxophonist Tia Fuller. In a special connection Pittsburgher’s will appreciate, Shamie credits pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen as the leading reason she plays jazz piano, today.
We also pay tribute to guitarist, vocalist and Brazilian jazz innovator João Gilberto. The “Father of Bossa Nova,” died this week at 88 at his home in Rio de Janeiro.
Gilberto met fellow bossa nova innovator Antônio Carlos Jobim, beginning a lifelong friendship as musical collaborators.
In 1962, Gilberto was invited to perform with saxophonist Stan Getz, and together with Jobim and Gilberto’s then-wife Astrud Gilberto, they recorded Getz/Gilberto. The album won the 1964 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, becoming one of the best-selling jazz records of all time and a definitive album in the bossa nova style. Its song “The Girl from Ipanema” went on to become a jazz standard and one of the best-known pop songs of all time
A night of special music and conversation with music of America and Brazil on the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel, WZUM, Sunday night at 5.