HJC and Jazz FM Present Classic Album Playback Series with Alex Webb & Jo Harrop
Singer Jo Harrop and pianist Alex Webb celebrate a classic vocal Jazz LP, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album recorded in 1975.
Jazz FM Classic Album Playback series in partnership with the Hampstead Jazz Club
Jazz FM is celebrating 30 years of broadcasting through the music and artists that have made us famous. For three weeks in Feb 2021 , Jazz FM will broadcast a programme called “The Classic Albums”. Hosted by journalist Jonathan Wingate, each week concentrating on a jazz album.
Classic Album: Tony Bennett/Bill Evans (1975)
Singer Jo Harrop and pianist Alex Webb celebrate a classic vocal Jazz LP, 'The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album' recorded in 1975. Pianist Evans, a major figure in jazz since his collaborations with Miles Davis in the late 1950s, joined forces with one of the great exponents of the Great American Songbook in what the Brian Case Encyclopedia of Jazz called 'a shared love of the song form'. Evans had just five years to live after this recording. Bennett has gone on to delight millions in the subsequent 45 years, and recently celebrated his 94th birthday.
The show will be recorded in front of a Live Audience (subject to the COVID-19 restrictions at the time) at Hampstead Jazz Club, Jonathan and a panel playing tracks from the album and talking about them giving opinions on why the album, as a collection of tracks, worked to create the classic work we know of today.
The panel will be made up of fellow journalists, Jazz FM presenters and musicians – those in the know who can add a layer of knowledge and understanding that fed the inquisitive minds of our audience. Following the playback, the featured musicians will re-create a number of tracks from the classic album and performed a mini-set.
Host: Jonathan Wingate, Broadcaster/HJC Host
Producer: Mike Vitti
Piano: Alex Webb
Vocals: Jo Harrop