Mark it on your calendars, RR artist Dick Hyman is set to perform on the ultra-popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion with legendary host Garrison Keillor!
Dick Hyman will be performing as a guest along with Heather Masse on A Prairie Home Companion November 26th, Thanksgiving Weekend. This will make for a perfect opportunity to pull the family around for some old-time fun and music!
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Garrison recalls, “When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it’s a good way of life.”
For more information visit Prairiehome.publicradio.org.
Dick Hyman on Reference Recordings:
Thinking about BIX
Dick Hyman, one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians alive, is especially known as an authority on early jazz. After a lifetime of playing and studying the music of Bix Beiderbecke, Hyman announced he’d like to record for RR a solo program of music associated with Bix, including all five original pieces Bix wrote for piano. (Most likely, these are a recorded first.) Hyman arranged other numbers Bix performed with various groups, and plays and improvises upon these in his distinctive, brilliant style. The title track is an infectious Hyman original reminiscent of the period. An attractive bonus is a piano four-hands performance with Hyman’s friend and stride authority, Mike Lipskin
Track Listing – 1 Thinking About Bix; 2 Singin’ the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home); 3 Ostrich Walk; 4 I’m Coming, Virginia; 5 Jazz Me Blues; 6 Candlelights; 7 ‘Tain’t So, Honey, ‘Tain’t So; 8 Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down; 9 In the Dark; 10 Clementine (From New Orleans); 11 Lonely Melody; 12 In A Mist; 13 Sweet Sue (Just You); 14 Wringing’ and Twistin’; 15 Flashes; 16 Davenport Blues; 17 You Took Advantage of Me, with Mike Lipskin (piano four-hands).
YouTube of Dick Hyman at the 40th Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Davenport, August 2011.
RR-116 HDCD – Thinking About Bix – $16.98
This solo outing captures Hyman’s brilliant improvisations on jazz standards,
stride classics and an original tune available nowhere else! Recorded
on a Boesendorfer Imperial Concert Grand, this release sets new standards
for exciting, realistic piano sound.
With some of the greatest jazzmen who lived and played through The Age
of Swing: Phil Bodner, Urbie Green, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Bucky
Pizzarelli, Joe Temperly, Frank Wess and Joe Wilder. RR’s all-time
fastest seller! ****-1/2 –Downbeat
RR-59 HDCD $16.98
The hot, more up-tempo followup, featuring Peter Appleyard, Jay Leonhart,
Nancy Marano, Butch Miles, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy
Sandke, and Frank Wess.
RR-72 HDCD $16.98
“As close to perfection as humanly and technically possible. ****” –CD
RR-50 CD $16.98
“Excellent musicianship, top-quality material and grade-A sound.” –Audio
RR-33 CD $16.98