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Chopin Birthday Jazz

03/01/10 9:00PM By George Thomas

We celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birthday with a variety of jazz versions of his piano works, including those by Kenny Drew, Jr., James Booker, Jacques Loussier and more.



Chopin Meets Jobim (Prelude No. 4 in E Minor-Chopin; Insensatez-Antonio Carlos Jobim)
Artist Name: Burgstaller Martignon 4
Composer: Chopin-Antonio Carlos Jobim
Soloists: Joe Burgstaller-Trumpet ; Hector Martignon-Piano
CD/Album: Mozart's Blue Dreams
Record co./Cat #: Summit Records 520
Release Year: 2009
Note: Happy 200th Birthday Chopin


Mazurka In G Minor
Artist Name: The David Leonhardt Trio
Composer: Chopin
Soloists: David Leonhardt-Piano
CD/Album: Bach To The Blues
Record co./Cat #: Big Bang Records 9584
Release Year: 2009
Note: Happy 200th Birthday Chopin


Chopin: Waltz In A Minor
Artist Name: The Kenny Drew, Jr. Trio
Composer: Chopin
Soloists: Kenny Drew, Jr.-Piano
CD/Album: Winter Flower
Record co./Cat #: Milestone 9289-2
Release Year: 1998
Note: Happy 200th Birthday Chopin


Black Minute Waltz (C# Major)
Artist Name: James Booker
Composer: Chopin
James Booker
Soloists: James Booker-Piano
CD/Album: Junco Partner
Record co./Cat #: Hannibal 1359
Release Year: 1976/1993


7th Ward Blues
Artist Name: New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Composer: Irving Mayfield
Conductor: Irving Mayfield
Soloists: Irving Mayfield-Trumpet
CD/Album: Book One
Record co./Cat #: World Village 488079
Release Year: 2009
Note: Grammy Winner Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2009


My Brain
Artist Name: Mose Allison
Composer: Mose Allison
Soloists: Mose Allison-Piano, Vocals
CD/Album: The Way Of The World
Record co./Cat #: ANTI- 87059-2
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Artist Name: Tom McDermott
Composer: Tom McDermott
Soloists: Tom McDermott-Piano ; Evan Christopher-Clarinet
CD/Album: New Orleans Duets
Record co./Cat #: Rabadash Records 032
Release Year: 2009


A Quiet Time
Artist Name: Ahmad Jamal
Composer: Ahmad Jamal
Soloists: Ahmad Jamal-Piano ; James Cammack-Bass ; Manolo Badrena-Percussion ; Kenny Washington-Drums
CD/Album: A Quiet Time
Record co./Cat #: Dreyfus Jazz 369452
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


The Line
Artist Name: Tineke Postma
Composer: Tineke Postma
Soloists: Tineke Postma-Alto ; Geri Allen-Piano ; Scott Colley-Bass ; Terri Lyne Carrington-Drums
CD/Album: The Traveller
Record co./Cat #: Et'CeteraNow 6003
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Artist Name: Joao Gilberto
Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Soloists: Joao Gilberto-Vocals & Guitar
CD/Album: The Legendary
Record co./Cat #: World Pacific 7 93891 2
Release Year: 1961
Note: Happy 200th Birthday Chopin


Echoes Of Spring
Artist Name: Stephanie Trick
Composer: Willie "The Lion" Smith
Soloists: Stephanie Trick-Piano
CD/Album: Hear That Rhythm!
Record co./Cat #: www.stephanietrick.com
Release Year: 2008
Note: New


It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist Name: Matthew Kaminski
Composer: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Soloists: Matthew Kaminski-Hammond B3 Organ
CD/Album: Taking My Time
Record co./Cat #: Chicken Coup Records 7014
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Long Ago And Far Away
Artist Name: Whitney James
Composer: J. Kern-I. Gershwin
Soloists: Whitney James-Vocals ; Ingrid Jensen-Trumpet, Flugelhorn ; Joshua Wolff-Piano
CD/Album: The Nature Of Love
Record co./Cat #: www.whitneyjames.com
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


The Covenant
Artist Name: Justin Kauflin
Composer: Billy Williams
Soloists: Justin Kauflin-Piano ; Billy Williams-Bass ; Phil Kuehn-Bass ; Tim Green-Alto Sax
CD/Album: Introducing
Record co./Cat #: www.justinkauflin.com
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


The Waters Of March
Artist Name: Susannah McCorkle
Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Soloists: Susannah McCorkle-Vocals
CD/Album: Most Requested Songs
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4976-2
Release Year: 2001
Note: Listener Request


Young And Foolish
Artist Name: Bill Evans
Composer: Hague-Horwitt
Soloists: Bill Evans-Piano ; Sam Jones-Bass ; Philly Joe Jones-Drums
CD/Album: The Complete Riverside Recordings
Record co./Cat #: Riverside 018-2
Release Year: 1958


You Must Believe In Spring
Artist Name: Eric Alexander
Composer: M. LeGrand-J. Demy-A. Bergman-M. Bergman
Soloists: Eric Alexander-Tenor Sax ; Harold Mabern-Piano
CD/Album: Revival Of The Fittest
Record co./Cat #: HighNote 7205
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Crescent City Montuno
Artist Name: Ellis Marsalis & Jonathan Batiste
Composer: Ellis Marsalis & Jonathan Batiste
Soloists: Ellis Marsalis-Piano ; Jonathan Batiste-Piano
CD/Album: Homecoming
Record co./Cat #: ELM Classics 19789
Release Year: 2009


Two Bass Hit
Artist Name: Matt Wilson Quartet
Composer: J. Lewis-D. Gillespie
CD/Album: That's Gonna Leave A Mark
Record co./Cat #: Palmetto Records 2139
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Waltz In Db
Artist Name: The Jay D'Amico Trio
Composer: Jay D'Amico
Soloists: Jay D'Amico-Piano
CD/Album: Nocturne
Record co./Cat #: CAP 1021
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat major, Op.9, No. 2
Artist Name: Jocques Loussier
Composer: Chopin
Jocques Loussier
Soloists: Jocques Loussier-Piano
CD/Album: Imressions On Chopin's Nocturnes
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 83602
Release Year: 2004
Note: Happy 200th Birthday Chopin


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