The Hot Box #054 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 21 – The Letter U & V

Welcome to The Hot Box #054 where we get ever closer to the end of the long-running series The Piano Files! In this episode we explore pianists under the letters U… and V as well as a few omissions from the letter T. It turns out that the popularity of the letter V as the first letter in Cuban surnames becomes extremely focussed when it comes to piano players. All the Vs are Cuban. As for U, only one player was found with that initial letter!

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Track Listing for The Hot Box #054 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter U & V

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 02:04
02 Stan Tracey Just Friends 02:42
03 Rene Urtreger Solar 09:55
04 Dick Twardzick Yellow Tango 18:50
05 Chuco Valdes IPunto Cubano 24:56
06 Ellio Villafranca Caribbean Tinge 31:39
07 Manuel Valera Numerico 37:59
08 Ramon Valle Es Un Historia 44:43
09 David Virelles Biankomeko 50:38
10 Dan Trudell Jones’in 57:32


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Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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