The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates 100 years of jazz piano on their new CD, Handful of Keys. featuring five guest pianists (Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, and Isaiah J Thompson as well as the orchestra's own pianist, Dan Nimmer.
Following up their Grammy award winning debut CD, banjo greats Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have written a lot of new music for the new CD, Echo of the Valley, which features Abigal's voice along with the banjos. They also do a medley of traditional tunes as well as a new version of the traditional My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bela and Abby are in concert Sat. Oct. 21 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas.
Those Northern California purveyors of modern cool are back with a classy set of tunes by Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Bobby Troup and others. For more, visit the Octobop website.