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Costello performs Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland
Shore Fire Media, 2003-08-28

 

Costello's"Piano Jazz" Airs in September

Elvis Costello performs jazz standards and his own material with pianist Marian McPartland for an upcoming installment of her National Public Radio series, "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz." The episode will begin airing on NPR stations across the country on September 30, 2003, a week after the Deutsche Grammophon release of Costello's album 'North.' Visit www.pianojazz.org for local airtime information.

"I got the call to do it, and I was delighted to speak with Marian," Costello says. "We did it completely off the cuff during the day... it was really good fun."

Costello sings with McPartland's piano accompaniment on songs including the standards "At Last," "My Funny Valentine," "You Don't Know What Love Is," and his own "Almost Blue," among others. He plays guitar and sings on "Gloomy Sunday," made famous by Billie Holiday.

Costello's September 23, Deutsche Grammophon release, 'North,' presents eleven new compositions written at the piano by Costello between Autumn 2002 and New Year's Day 2003.

The album, which features Steve Nieve on piano, Peter Erskine on drums and Mike Formanek on double bass, displays a tender and intimate vocal side never before showcased on record as the eleven ballads are sung predominately in his baritone register.

 
         
 

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