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 "It's a matter of understanding the vocabulary, in my opinion," pianist Aaron Diehl says of stride-piano music. "That stuff isn't meant to be played note for note."

Listen Aaron Diehl On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 16, 2012 – Hear Diehl's modern take on the music of the time-honored masters of stride and swing.


 Sachal Vasandani's vocal revelation stems back to middle school: "I would raise my hand to do a scat solo on one of the jazz choir songs and found out that the ideas that were in my head were coming out a lot easier in my voice than on the French horn."

Listen Sachal Vasandani On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 10, 2012 – Right now, no one sounds like the young singer, who swings on standards and originals in a session.


 Kris Bowers opens this session with a soulful, prepared-piano version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan": "It's important to remember that [the piano] is a percussive instrument."

Listen Kris Bowers On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – From prepared piano to quiet ballads, the pianist keeps a wide sonic palette in orbit.


Julian Lage.

Listen Julian Lage On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – Lage has soulful and serious conversations with his guitar, and with Piano Jazz host Jon Weber.


 Tammy McCann says that improvisation was the "hardest thing in the world to do coming from classical to jazz."

Listen Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – McCann's extensive vocal background crosses genres, as she uses operatic melodies to scat.


 Grace Kelly says that the first saxophonist she heard was Stan Getz: "I just fell in love with his sound, his tone. To me, he sounds like the human voice coming through the saxophone."

Listen Grace Kelly On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The alto-saxophone phenom duets with host Jon Weber in "The Way You Look Tonight" and more.


"I think solo piano is always the loneliest art form," Taylor Eigsti says. "It's fun, but I think it takes a while for it to become fun at times."

Listen Taylor Eigsti On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The young pianist inaugurates a new program highlighting the jazz legends of tomorrow.


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