The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.
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December 5, 2013 The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
Billy Taylor (left) duets with Eldar at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2009.
December 16, 2009 An NPR holiday tradition celebrates two decades this winter. Jazz pianists Eldar, Robert Glasper, Patricia Barber, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis and Dr. Billy Taylor were all on hand to perform original takes on classic holiday songs, live in concert.
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October 29, 2009 Since 1965, Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums, but only recently launched a new career as a composer. Still, he believes in the standards. In a session from Jazz24, the pianist performs one of his original compositions and covers a song by The Beatles.
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September 9, 2009 As the British Invasion changed the landscape of the music industry, jazz musicians had to adapt to popular music written by the bands themselves instead of hired songwriters. But as we hear in these five Beatles covers, jazz musicians were finding their own voices in the Fab Four's tunes.
September 28, 2005 Ramsey Lewis, a composer known for his jazz work, has focused on the gospel sound for a new CD, With One Voice. He tells Ed Gordon about the experience.
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