The don shirley trio. Don Shirley

The Don Shirley Trio*

the don shirley trio

Shirley was one among dozens of pianists who were popular at mid-century, a moment when the piano was at its zenith in American life. Don Shirley did not forget his passions. This virtuoso musician remained somewhat of an enigma during his career, due to the fact he could not or would not be categorized. If Shorter had made no other records than this trilogy, his perpetual place in the pantheon would still be assured. The trailer for The Green Book. Luckily, we have this footage we can share with the public.

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The REAL Dr. Don Shirley

the don shirley trio

Vallelonga perhaps has some credibility in his claim as Tony Lip, after all, was his father. I have the full concert and other backstage footage that will be uploaded in the near future. He played as soloist with the orchestra at Milan's La Scala opera house in a program dedicated to Gershwin's music. But, as Bryars suggests, there is always one masterpiece. Instead, Hurok recommended that Shirley focus on a career in pop music and jazz. The trip, clearly, had a profound impact on Tony Lip. He spent years recording interviews with both of the main characters and his script is full of direct quotes from the real men who inspired the movie.

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Don Shirley

the don shirley trio

All the artists are listening to this. Maybe I felt a bond with her for that reason. The distance and volume between two notes is always perfect. Following from : Don Walbridge Shirley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 29, l927. Did he relisten to the tape himself? Wayne is giving even Trane a run with this one. She lives and breathes artistry! Singers like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone swung ballads from a whisper to roar, and pianists like Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal were glamorous stars.

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Don Shirley

the don shirley trio

He also played as soloist with the orchestra at Milan's La Scala opera house in a program dedicated to Gershwin's music. . His first major composition was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in l946. He hires Tony Vallelonga, an Italian-American bouncer from New York City, to serve as his driver. We just had similar taste, which came in really handy later when he hired me to do the arranging for his records, because I knew what he liked, and he knew I would do what he liked.

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The REAL Dr. Don Shirley

the don shirley trio

I thought he had a nice groove, too. Numerous articles state that Don Shirley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His current quartet—with Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade—makes terrific music. Walker had planned on being a concert pianist—and he certainly had the requisite technical gusto to be one—but a black composer was more acceptable to the symphonic crowd than a black pianist, apparently because there was so much less visible time onstage for a composer. Race and music engender an uncomfortable paradox in American musical history. Donald Shirley Pianist With His Own Genre, Dies at 86 Published: April 28, 2013 Donald Shirley , 1927 - 2013 concert pianist, and composer Carnegie Hall Apartment resident since 1956 and recipient of the Isaac Stern Medallion, the only studio tenant besides Leonard Bernstein to play solo concerts at Carnegie Hall. His audience did not know of his experiment, or of the students planted among them to assess their reactions, but he became a sensation as a pianist! A key player was the late Lew Soloff, a legend in the trumpet world for his all-encompassing stylistic reach and overwhelming technical know-how.

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The Music of Don Shirley Is More Resilient Than Any “Green Book” Cliché

the don shirley trio

Shirley was able, however, to infuse his pop performances with the classical sounds that he loved. He began playing the piano at age of 2 ½, being taught at first by his mother; he gave his first public performance at the age of 3. Don's piano style is basically attributed to his using the piano as a stringed instrument rather than a percussion instrument which enables him to have a flexible, subtle voice. Something pure in a rotten world! Despite the color barrier keeping Don Shirley from shining as a classical pianist on the concert stage, his pop-oriented music was a technical marvel. At this period he gave up his career as a concert pianist and turned to the academic field where he achieved outstanding successes. Many of the most important American musicians fought institutional racism by creating music that demanded respect simply by being undeniably great. Life felt ugly and difficult: children were being held in cages, young and beloved figures were committing suicide, and so on.

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The Music of Don Shirley Is More Resilient Than Any “Green Book” Cliché

the don shirley trio

This was a guerrilla war that no two artists fought in exactly the same way. He fused the sounds of classical, American Songbook, and gospel repertoire in a way that was uniquely and unapologetically his own. After one of his famous press rolls, the launch of the full band into a syncopated figure would shake the walls and rattle the rafters. All the hard-bop groups featured heavy syncopations: moments when the rhythm section emphasized discontinuity by ducking away from straight time for a moment. Shirley outlived his fans and died quietly, in 2013, at the age of eighty-six.

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The Music of Don Shirley Is More Resilient Than Any “Green Book” Cliché

the don shirley trio

He hated the nightclubs because he felt that the audiences didn't respect his music enough. Swallow is the house barista and fact checker. He began his classical musical studies at age 9 when he was invited to study theory with Mittolovski at the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory of Music. As a result, most of his performances were at nightclubs instead of concert halls. One of the jobs of a jazz musician is to reflect her present day.

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