‘How would Mary J Blige sing this phrase?’

Phraseologist Mary J Blige.

Phraseologist Mary J Blige.

Those words have passed through the mind of a jazz pianist in the middle of a performance, as he tells a fellow pianist and a jazz radio programme.

The speaker is Jason Moran, the other pianist is Robert Glasper and the programme is Jazz On 3. The context will be revealed this evening sometime after 11pm on BBC Radio 3, when Moran, Glasper and Jazz On 3‘s Jez Nelson discuss what’s on the musicians’ iPods, among other things.

Here is a clip.

And you will be able to hear these two distinctive keyboard players in duo, recorded at last year’s London Jazz Festival.

  • Jez’s blog about the programme is here and the programme itself will be here for 30 days after this evening’s broadcast here.


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