Valerie Capers On Piano Jazz The pianist and educator shows off her classical chops in a solo during "It Could Happen To You."

Valerie Capers On Piano Jazz

Valerie Capers In The Studio

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Valerie Capers.

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Valerie Capers is a pianist, composer and educator. The first blind graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, she is blessed with a diverse piano style that combines elements of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, with some Chopin thrown in.

In this 1998 episode of Piano Jazz, Capers shows off her classical chops while soloing in "It Could Happen To You." Then, she and host Marian McPartland swing out in "Scrapple From The Apple."

Originally broadcast in the winter of 1998.

Set List

  • "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen, Burke)
  • "'Round Midnight" (Monk)
  • "Isn't It Romantic" (Rodgers, Hart)
  • "Lament" (Johnson)
  • "Duke's Place" (Thiele, Katz, Ellington, Roberts)
  • "The Entertainer" (Joplin)
  • "He's Chosen Me" (Capers)
  • "Embraceable You" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  • "Scrapple From The Apple" (Parker)