Anat Fort on Piano Jazz Israeli-born pianist, composer and arranger Anat Fort is classically trained, but also well-studied in jazz improvisation. A prolific composer, her musical thoughts come together in elegant and often intense original tunes. Hear Fort perform originals before joining McPartland on standards.
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Anat Fort on Piano Jazz

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Set List

  • "Just Now" (Fort)
  • "Hackensack" (Monk)
  • "Blue Monk" (Monk)
  • "Blackberry Winter" (Wilder, McGlohon)
  • "Nardis" (Davis)
  • "Something About Camels" (Fort)
  • "Portrait of Rachel Carson Theme" (McPartland)
  • "Free Lullaby" (Fort)
  • "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" (Hammerstein, Romberg)

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Born near Tel Aviv, Israel, Anat Fort began studying classical piano as a child. As she grew up, her natural tendency toward improvisation and free playing led to an interest in jazz, with a particular affinity for impressionistic pianists like Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett and the avant-garde likes of Thelonious Monk and Paul Bley.

Fort studied jazz in Israel and became active on the jazz scene there. Wanting to take her music career to the next level, she moved to New York, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Norman Simmons at William Paterson University in New Jersey. There, Fort received a solid education in the traditions, supplementing her more contemporary, freestyle leanings.

Fort has released two albums since her arrival on the New York scene. Her first was a self-produced disc called Peel, released in 2000. Her second, A Long Story, features bassist Ed Schuller and the legendary drummer Paul Motian elaborating on Fort's original compositions.

Originally recorded April 11, 2007.

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