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Rhapsody In Blue, and Oh, Kay!

Gershwin's meteoric progress in the mid 1920s was cemented by the extraordinary and much-loved "Rhapsody In Blue", commissioned by the so-called "King Of Jazz", dance hall bandleader Paul Whiteman. But is it really jazz?

Donald Macleod presents the piece in its rarely-heard original orchestration for jazz band and solo piano, with a solo part performed by none other than George Gershwin himself - reproduced in a pioneering recording through the medium of piano roll.

He also looks at the love of Gershwin's life, the composer and lyricist Kay Swift - and presents two very different arrangements of the Gershwins' hit song "'s Wonderful" by Sarah Vaughan and Andre Previn and David Finck.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 12 Feb 2013 18:30

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