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Jeffrey Chappell: Pick It Up

Jeffrey Chappell is a respected classical concert pianist and composer who, around 20 years ago, decided to take up jazz for fun. He says that he discovered in himself “an untapped musical voice…that was raw and recreational.”

Whatever adjectives come to mind when hearing Chappell’s fussy, academic, preening treatments of tunes like “Cherokee” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” raw is not one of them.

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