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Luckey Roberts

Luckey Roberts - stride pianist, composer (1887 - 1968) He was Harlem's original piano powerhouse, the king of the New York Fast Shout pianists, the grandfather of stride piano. The name Luckey Roberts has become little more than a footnote in the pages of jazz history books. The names of his students are better known today than the master whom they worshipped. And what a list of disciples it is. These musicians include such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, James P Johnson, Eubie Blake, Willie "The Lion" Smith and last but not least George Gershwin. Luckey Roberts was born on August 7, 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

Read "A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jon Hendricks: Still Creative, Still Outspoken

Read "Jon Hendricks: Still Creative, Still Outspoken" reviewed by Gregg Akkerman

Jon Hendricks is still swinging madly and looking forward to upcoming projects--not only in New York, but all over Europe. Having interviewed the creator of vocalese once before, he was the first name I thought of when considering the maiden edition of this Jazz on the 90th Floor column (the name comes from the lyric to ...

NEWS: RADIO

Riverwalk Jazz Interviews Nat Hentoff

Riverwalk Jazz Interviews Nat Hentoff

Author and columnist Nat Hentoff is one of America's most revered commentators on jazz. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, host David Holt caught up with the 85-year-old at his home in Greenwich Village to talk about the people and personalities covered in his new book, At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene. ...

Harlem Piano

Label: Good Time Jazz
Released: 1958


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