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Hal Schaefer

Hal Schaefer, world-class jazz pianist, has had a rich and eclectic carer that has bridged several worlds -- from Classical to Swing and Jazz to film composition and coaching some of the most notable stars of the 20th Century. Considered a rising star of Progressive Jazz in the 1950's, he is an extraordinary pianist with a distinctive musical approach that combines a lush romanticism with a strong sense of swing. Hal's journey as a professional pianist began at the age of 12 in his native New York City. While still in his teens, he joined a big band and toured the country, ending up in Los Angeles in the 1940's, in the middle of a progressive jazz scene

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Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis

Read "Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final day of station fundraising also included new releases from Mariel Austin, Emmet Cohen, Yelena Eckemoff and The Becoming Quintet with birthday shout outs to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Warren Vache, Michel Legrand and Patti Wicks among others. Also women-penned movie songs to honor Oscar Night and remembering Ethel Ennis. Playlist Hal Schaefer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old tapes hide in the archives, deep in the dark corners of record company closets, and even the occasional back yard tool shed--Hal Schaefer's How Do You Like this Piano Playing (Summit Records, 2009). Finding and bringing these lost treasures to the listening public seems to have turned into an industry of its own. And ...

How Do You Like This Piano Playing?

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: There's No Business Like Show Business; My Romance; Dancing in the Dark; All the Things You Are; Love for Sale; The Man I Love; Speak Low.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Solo Piano: 5 by 4

Read "Solo Piano: 5 by 4" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Fred Hersch Fred Hersch Plays Jobim Sunnyside 2009 Richie Beirach Jazz Adagio Venus 2009 Hal Schaefer How Do You Like This Piano Playing? Summit 2009

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Hal Schaefer

Read "Hal Schaefer" reviewed by Andrew Velez

“The most important thing about me has to be that what I did musically has always been the most meaningful music that I could make at the time. ...I did the most honest music that I could." As he approaches his 84th birthday this month, pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, accompanist and vocal coach Hal Schaefer is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hal Schaefer: How Do You Like This Piano Playing?

Read "How Do You Like This Piano Playing?" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hal Schaefer is a Hollywood musician jack-of-all-trades, at one time or another serving as a pianist, arranger, composer, and conductor. He got his professional start in the big bands of the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Carter, and Harry James. However, Schaefer kept the doors open by serving as a vocal coach to celebrities otherwise not singers, including ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hal Schaefer: How Do You Like This Piano Playing?

Read "How Do You Like This Piano Playing?" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

File this prosaically-titled How Do You Like This Piano Playing? under the “music discovered in a backyard shed" category.Pianist/composer/arranger/conductor Hal Schaefer's musical journey began with stints in big bands led by Benny Carter, Harry James, and Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, but his most notable gigs--from a fame-gaining perspective--have been as a vocal coach to ...

Ten Shades Of Blue

Label: pfMentum
Released: 1959

Just Too Much

Label: pfMentum
Released: 1955


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