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Previn, André – Work as a Jazz musician



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Shelly Manne, André Previn, Leroy Vinnegar - Music from my fair lady

Wikipedia - Work in Jazz

Previn made dozens of jazz recordings as leader and sideman, primarily during two periods of his career: from 1945 to 1967, and then again from 1989 to 2001, with just a handful of recordings in between and afterward (while he focused his career on conducting/recording classical music, and later on composing contemporary art music).

Like Oscar Peterson, whom Previn greatly admires, and Bill Evans – or more recently Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau or Esbjörn Svensson– Previn has worked as a trio pianist (usually with bass and drums). Following his performance on Shelly Manne's huge hit record Modern Jazz Performances of Songs from My Fair Lady in 1956, Previn released several albums of jazz interpretations of songs from broadway musicals as well as several solo piano recordings focussed on the songbooks of popular composers -  for example Vernon Duke, 1958; and  Harold Arlen, 1960.  He also had TV shows with Oscar Peterson (1974)– which Marlon Brando simply called "one of the greatest hours I ever saw on television" – and Ella Fitzgerald (1979).

Jazz critic and historian Ted Gioia:

…. at his best Previn could be a persuasive, moving jazz musician. [...] Despite his deep roots in symphonic music, Previn largely steered clear of Third Stream classicism in his jazz work, aiming more at an earthy, hard-swinging piano style …. At his best, … his music reflected a strong indigenous feel for the jazz idiom.

Examples of Jazz recordings as leader/co-leader

  • Collaboration (1955) - with Shorty Rogers
  • Double Play! (1957) with Russ Freeman
  • Pal Joey (1957)
  • André Previn Plays Songs by Vernon Duke (1958)
  • King Size! (1959)
  • André Previn Plays Songs by Jerome Kern (1959)
  • The Subterraneans (Soundtrack) (MGM, 1960)
  • Like Previn! (1960)
  • André Previn Plays Songs by Harold Arlen (1960)
  • André Previn and J. J. Johnson (1961) with J.J. Johnson
  • 4 to Go! (1963) with Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Shelly Manne
  • A Different Kind of Blues (1980, with Itzhak Perlman, Jim Hall, Red Mitchell and Shelly Manne)
  • Nice Work if You Can Get It (1983, with Ella Fitzgerald and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
  • After Hours (1989, with Joe Pass and Ray Brown)
  • Uptown ( 1990, with Mundell Lowe and Ray Brown)
  • Old Friends (1992, with Mundell Lowe and Ray Brown)
  • Kiri Sidetracks: The Jazz Album (1992, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Mundell Lowe and Ray Brown)
  • André Previn and Friends Play Show Boat (1995, with Mundell Lowe, Ray Brown and Grady Tate)
  • Sure Thing: The Jerome Kern Songbook (1996, with Sylvia McNair and David Finck)
  • Ballads: Solo Jazz Standards (1996)
  • Come Rain or Shine: The Harold Arlen Songbook (1996, with Sylvia McNair and David Finck)
  • Jazz at the Musikverein ( 1997, with Mundell Lowe and Ray Brown)
  • We Got Rhythm: A Gershwin Songbook (1998, with David Finck)
  • We Got It Good and That Ain't Bad: An Ellington Songbook (1999, with David Finck)
  • Live at the Jazz Standard (2001, with David Finck)
  • Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano (2007)

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Previn, André

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