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Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II

The second installment in our two part series celebrating African-American composition and performance.

 
Program 1

We jump back into our exploration of African-American music with the lamentations of the blues. We have an interview the father of the blues, W.C. Handy, blue songs of the Deep South and an orchestral piece from Adolphus Hailstork.

Taj Mahal: Blues With A Feeling
Taj Mahal
5:05
 
W.C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
Katharine Handy Lewis, voc.
3:08
 
Interview with W. C. Handy
2:46
 
W.C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars
8:52
 
County Farm Blues (excerpt)
Eddie "Son" House, gtr. & voc.
1:12
 
Drifting Blues (excerpt)
Lightnin' Hopkins
2:20
 
Drifting Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
3:14
 
Drifting Blues (excerpt)
Albert King, gtr. & voc.
1:42
 
Slide Hampton: Frame for the Blues
Maynard Ferguson, tpt. & voc.
8:14
 
Hailstork: Epitaph For A Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
Cedille 61
7:38
 
Trad.: Deep River
Howard University Ch. Choir
Smithsonian Folkways 4007208
2:55
 
Blegan & Sayer: History of the Blues
Aardvark 222
:43
 
B.B. King: The Thrill Is Gone
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail
5:26

 

Program 2

Accomplished African-American singers are the focus here, with music from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, bass baritone William Warfield and soprano Leontyne Price. We finish with the song from the title of this show, played by Duke Ellington.

George Gershwin: “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”
Todd Duncan, bar.; Anne Brown, sop.
Music Masters B000000FMO
5:34

Aaron Copland: “Simple Gifts”, “The Boatmen’s Dance”, “The Little Horses” & “Ching-A-Ring Chaw” fr. Old American Songs
William Warfield, b. Aaron Copland, p.
Sony 90403
9:29

Giacomo Puccini: “Vissi d’arte” fr. Tosca
Rome Opera House Orchestra/Fabritiis; Leontyne Price, s.
RCA 794051
3:17

G. Verdi: “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio” fr. La Forza Del Destino
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
RCA 794051
5:48

Gershwin: Introduction, “Summertime” & “O Lawd, I’m On My Way” fr. Porgy & Bess
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Skitch Henderson; Leontyne Price, s.; William Warfield, bar.
RCA 794051
6:20. 00:18

Duke Ellington: “Come Sunday” fr. Black, Brown & Beige
Mahalia Jackson, s. w/ Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
8:10

Program 3

Bill starts us off with music from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, known as the “African Mahler.” We continue with the works of Jeffrey Mumford, an old friend of Bill’s, and the pianist André Watts. 

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite suite de concert, Op. 77
  III. Un sonnet d’amour
  IV. La tarantelle fretillante

Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
Cedille 055
5:41

Jeffrey Mumford: Her Eastern Light Amid a Cavernous Dusk Aspen Wind Quintet
New World 650
8:23

Hale Smith: Evocation
Natalie Hinderas, p.
CRI 629
3:21

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
New York Phil/Bernstein; André Watts, p.
Phil 456 985
18:29

Alvin Singleton: In Our Own House
Karen Walwyn, p.; Jason Marsalis, perc.
Albany 384
6:59

Roland Hayes: Lit’l Boy
Robert Sims, bar.
3:45

Program 4

Our celebration continues with skillful performers of classical music, including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist James Carter, and violinist Regina Carter. Bill makes an appearance as conductor of the piece Maps by Anthony Davis.
 

Georg Friedrich Händel: “Let the Bright Seraphim” fr. Samson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/John Nelson; Wynton Marsalis, trp.; Kathleen Battle, s.
Sony 46672
5:32

Richard Strauss: IV. Im Abendrot fr Vier Letze Lieder
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Jessye Norman, s.
Phil 475 8507
10:00

Olly Wilson: Sinfonia, II (Elegy for Olly Wilson Sr. and Calvin Simmons)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
New World 80331-2
9:01

Roberto Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra, II
Sinfonia Varsovia/Giancarlo Guererro; James Carter, sax
Decca 001547202
7:02

Anthony Davis: Maps – I. Timothy Island
Kansas City Symphony/William McGlaughlin; Shem Guibbory, v.; Gerry Hemingway, perc.
Gramavision R2 79429
6:08

Kothbiro
Regina Carter, vln.; Yacouba Sissoko, kora
Koch 2090
0:32

N’Teri
Regina Carter, vln, Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Will Holshouser, acc.; Chris Lightcap, db.; Alvester Garnett, percussion
Koch 2090
Reverse Thread
5:52

Johannes Brahms: Ballade #3 In B Minor, Op. 10/3
Awadagin Pratt, p.
EMI 55025
3:48

John Williams: Air and Simple Gifts
Anthony McGill, cl.; Itzhak Perlman, v.; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.; Gabriela Montero, p.
Sony 770636
1:56

Program 5

We finish our celebration of African-American music with a poem from Langston Hughes, as well as music from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson.

Langston Hughes: Night and Morn
Smithsonian Folkways 47001_06
0:33

Joe “King’ Oliver: West End Blues
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five
Fremeaux and Assoc. 1354
3:15

Cold in Hand Blues
Bessie Smith, voc.; Louis Armstrong, tpt.
1:46

To Harlem: Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson, p.
1:16 excerpt

Darius Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Op. 81 (excerpt)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Branford Marsalis
2:00

Duke Ellington: Jungle Nights in Harlem
2:59

Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
Karrin Allyson, voc.; Rod Fleeman, gtr., Randy Weinstein harm., Ed Howard, bs.
4:38

How Long Blues (excerpt)
Count Basie and His Orchestra w/ Jimmy Rushing
1:57 excerpt

Mary Lou Williams: Hesitation Boogie
Mary Lou Williams, p.
1:43

Piney Brown Blues (excerpt)
Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann
3:02

Parker: Ornithology
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
1:19; :34

Denzil Best: Move
Miles Davis nonet
:54

Miles Davis: All Blues
Miles Davis sextet
1:02

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner
5:29

Ray Evans and Jay Livingston: Mona Lisa
Nat “King” Cole
2:29

Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke (excerpt)
Steve Wonder
1:39 excerpt

Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (excerpt)
1:09

Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
SFW47001_01
0:46

Duke Ellington: Come Sunday
Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, vln.
2:37

 

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