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Thursday April 22, 2021

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Catching Up with Jazz Pianist Brad Mehldau
By: Abby White

Jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau had vastly different plans for 2020, but he responded to the pandemic’s challenges by shifting his approach. He had planned to tour with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade upon the July 2020 release of RoundAgain, the long-awaited follow-up album to the group’s lauded 1994 release, MoodSwing, but canceled due to COVID. Sidelined from the road, the groundbreaking Mehldau recorded another album in solitude, Suite: April 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, and has another album coming out this summer, Variations on a Melancholy Theme, which he’s described ‘as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.’

Mehldau has been performing in front of audiences since he was a teenager and studied jazz and contemporary music at The New School, where he frequently gigged around New York City, quickly making a name in the jazz scene. He has played in a wide variety of bands and projects over the past 30 years, most frequently in a trio format, and has also toured as a solo pianist. BMI caught up with Mehldau, who just finished his latest project, Jacob’s Ladder, roughly a year in the making and recorded entirely remotely.

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