Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a personal exploration of the piano during the 1960s featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and Hugh Laurie.
Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a deeply personal exploration of the piano during the 1960’s, featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos, Hugh Laurie, Rod Argent and Richard Curtis.
In this first episode, Tom gives a brief history of the piano and its relevance to him, talking through the instruments history in popular music with its emergence in the 60’s.
The piano, particularly from the middle 19th century, was a very social instrument. A centre-point for friends and family to gather around in Public Houses, schools and homes across the world. It is no surprise that when modern popular music burst onto the scene in the 60’s with bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it was a central instrument in composition and recording of the songs.
Tom explores how the piano emerged in the 60’s with its roots heavily grounded in jazz, blues, and gospel music, and will try to understand why so much of the piano playing during this time harked back to New Orleans. Tom learns why British bands were so heavily influenced by these early piano pieces, and he focuses on the piano greats like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone who used were heavily influenced by the world around them.
Centred on Tom’s passion for the piano we hear his personal anecdotes of dedication, celebration and affection of the timeless instrument. The result is a rich, personal narrative series fronted by one of the UK’s leading young artists.