Ruth Laredo






Three Piano Crossover

Three celebrated pianists surmount the barriers between Classical Music and Jazz, frequently crossing from one to the other, for a superb evening of creative and technical brilliance.

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Three Piano Crossover, Marian McPartland, Dick Hyman, Ruth Laredo

 

DICK HYMAN, who will act as host and performer for the evening shares an educational background in classical music with both Ruth Laredo and Marian McPartland.  Although he is best known for his special affinity for jazz, ragtime and popular music, Hyman has composed scores for the American Ballet Theater, the Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Jazz de Montreal and for Twyla Tharp.  He has performed on the classical concert stage with compositions such as his own piano concerto, his Sonata for Violin and Piano and Ragtime Fantasy.  He has composed, arranged, conducted and often played the musical soundtracks for most of Woody Allen's films, among others.  In addition to a busy performance and recording schedule, Hyman has also acted as artistic director of the acclaimed Jazz in July concert series in New York, since 1985.

MARIAN McPARTLAND's virtuoso performance at the piano has won her international status as one of the most important figures in jazz today.  She has played with virtually every jazz star of her generation on recordings from her own record company, Halcyon, or on her National Public Radio show, Piano Jazz, now in its 25th season.  Her career is studded with awards, notably the prestigious Peabody Award and Downbeat's Lifetime Achievement Award.  She honed her personal style at the piano at some of New York's most well known cabarets and has since appeared on the PBS and the A&E networks. Her jazz compositions have been recorded and are considered classics of the genre by the most renowned jazz artists and critics.

 

Three Piano Crossover

Marian McPartland · Dick Hyman · Ruth Laredo

Sample Program

This Time the Dream's on Me............................Mercer-Arlen
Latin Selections

Tango in D.........................................................Albéniz
Habanera...............................................................Bizet
Wave...................................................................Jobim
Prelude in E Minor.............................................Chopin
How Insensitive.......................................Gimbel-Jobim
Tango in D.........................................................Reprise
Ritual Fire Dance..............................................DeFalla
Jumpin' at the Woodside...............................................Basie
All the Things You Are...........................Hammerstein-Kern
Caravan........................................................................Tizol

Intermission

Album Leaf..............................................................Scriabin
Stella by Starlight....................................Washington-Young
Portraits

  of Dick............................................................Shearing
of Ruth.......................................................McPartland
of Marian........................................................Shearing
Bugs
  Poor Butterfly........................................Golden-Hubbel
The Glow-Worm................................................Lincke
The Mosquito...................................................Scriabin
Dizzy Fingers............................................................Confrey
Blues
  Marian's Blues............................................McPartland
Aaron's blues...................................................Copland
Misterioso............................................................Monk
Straight No Chaser...............................................Monk

 

Ruth with Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz Party at Lincoln CenterSarasota Herald-Tribune  REVIEW

When Ruth Laredo, Marian McPartland, and Dick Hyman take their spots behind three pianos the array of sounds that follows will be all about breaking down barriers and allowing music - no matter what its classification - to speak on its own terms.
     Jazz?  Classical?  It's of no concern to the trio who will erase the already-often-blurred divisions between styles of music, moving swiftly from Chopin and Rachmaninoff to a bossa nova number.
     "It allows us to present music without a division," Hyman said from his home in Venice.  "Really, the line is hard to draw at times, because there are improvisations that we sometimes do which aren't exactly in the concept of jazz, and there are classical pieces that Ruth does which we find are made up of the very stuff we like."
     Said McPartland:  "I've never seen anything quite like this, which is two dyed-in-the-wool jazz people and one very well-known classical pianist."
     The latter would be Laredo.  A three-time Grammy nominee, Laredo is best known for her interpretations of Stravinsky, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as for conducting her "Concerts and Commentary" series for the past (twelve) years at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.  
          Laredo combined forces with Hyman and McPartland previously at the 92nd Street Y, where Hyman conducts the popular jazz in July concert series each summer.
     Hyman and Laredo recently played together in Billings, Mont., and McPartland has included her as a guest on her National Public Radio show, "Piano Jazz."  She forced Laredo to stray from her favored medium then, too.  "I was the first classical artist on her show and she made me improvise on the radio," Laredo said.  "I said, 'Ah, I'll do it.'  when I can't hide."
     Both Hyman and McPartland take Laredo's playful angst at switching mediums in good humor.  The threesome may seem like an odd combo, but not once they begin playing.
     Laredo said the trio will typically perform a three-piano set piece at the conclusion of one set, gliding gently from Duke Ellington to Thelonius Monk to Scriabin.  She compared it to a nightclub setting, allowing her to converse with the audience about the history of music.

- Sarasota Herald-Tribune     

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