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Chevy Chase: Jazz Inspired

Actor/comedian discusses jazz piano and his relationship with Bill Evans

Chevy Chase at the Newport Jazz Festival
Chevy Chase
Producer Orrin Keepnews, Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans and Paul Motian (from left) make jazz history at the Village Vanguard in 1961

Chevy Chase fell into America’s living rooms in the mid ’70s and broke new comedic ground with his fellow cast members on Saturday Night Live. Comics young and old swear by the magic of comedic timing, but Chevy takes it a step further by using a jazzman’s sense of timing in his comedy. An accomplished jazz pianist, he loves the improvisation and spontaneity essential in the best comedy and jazz.

Chevy and I first met at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, NY where we had both gone to hear the late pianist Hunky Page. Years passed before his old college band mate, actress Blythe Danner, reconnected us in 2002 for a conversation on Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired.. What follows is an excerpt from our conversation that was aired on my Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired radio show.

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