May 23, 2024

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Savor a choice holiday session featuring the Ted Rosenthal trio: Photos, Video

As we savor the season, when the Ted Rosenthal Trio came in to share music from a new holiday album.

Rosenthal first turned heads winning the second Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 1988. On record, he has honored Bill Evans, Bud Powell and Beethoven; proved that there are constantly new images of Monk; took part in the outstanding Maybeck Solo Recital series; and majestically moved us with a trio performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

With his 2013 holiday album, Wonderland, Ted, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Tim Horner play the holidays with their own spirit: the hard-swinging “Winter Wonderland,” a Bud Powell-influenced “Angels We Have Heard on High,” or a reimagined jazz take on Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Reed Flutes,” from the Nutcracker Suite. It’s a fresh-snow sleigh ride through the music that gives the season magic.

Ted Rosenthal, WBGO's Gary Walker, Noriko Ueda, and Tim HornerPianist Ted Rosenthal performing holiday favorites in our studio, with Gary Walker looking on, Dec. 5, 2013Pianist Ted Rosenthal, whose contribution to the Christmas jazz canon is the 2013 album 'Wonderland.'

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