Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pianist Richard Glazier: "From Gershwin to Garland"

Pianist Richard Glazier has a concert broadcast on PBS recently throughout 2010, “From Gershwin to Garland”. He talks about how he watched “Girl Crazy” on a rabbit-ears TV as a youth and became fascinated with Judy Garland. He later, at 12, would meet Ira Gerswhin and play on George’s Steinway.

His style was rather laid back, until he played some of the Gershwin Concerto in F and played Rhapsody in Blue near the end of the concert. He also played “Body and Soul” and the “Trolley Song”.

Glazier explained how George Gerswhin got jazz idioms into "classical" music.

His website is here

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