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Piano Jazz

Pianist/Composer Marc Copland Reaches New Heights With Zenith

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.09.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist has consistently tried to reach his own personal musical zenith, whether it be as a leader or as a much sought after sideman. With his latest recording Zenith he may have accomplished just that.

Kenny Werner Trio Explores the Melody

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.25.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On Werner's latest The Melody, he is joined in perfect harmony by Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums and between the three of them they create an exquisite exploration of what it is to be enraptured by melody in its many enduring forms.

'TWO': The Magic of Bela Fleck and Chick Corea at Emory's Emerson Hall

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Fleck's banjo with its bluegrass inflections, and Mr. Corea's piano with his classical flourishes and Latin-inspired rhythmic approach, come from two vastly different musical worlds, but these two wizards made these variants work for the most part, to a surprising degree.

An Intimate Evening of Solo Piano with Jason Moran at the Carnegie Room of the Nyack Library Friday June 15, 2012

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Within the confines of the elegantly appointed Carnegie Room at the Nyack Library, a full house made up of the curious and the cognoscenti, came to listen and feel the music of a modern pianistic virtuoso by the name of Jason Moran.

Vijay Iyer Solo Piano Concert at the Carnegie Room of the Nyack Library

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation. He has garnered an endless collection of awards from the press, a cult-like following by his fans and deserved respect and recognition from his fellow musicians.

The Synchronicity of Benny Green's New Trio on His Latest Release Source

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 07.19.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Green is an effervescent pianist who digs deep into the marrow of a song to find different approaches to make it sing. The obvious love that that these guys have for this music is genuine.