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Legendary Jazz Pianist Lectures, Performs at Mount

February 22, 2005--Legendary jazz pianist Johnny Knapp spoke about the evolution of jazz and performed with band members and his wife at the College April 13 in the Chalon Campus Little Theater.

Knapp illustrated through songs by such jazz greats as Scott Joplin, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, and Thelonius Munk how jazz had transformed over 100 years. The event was sponsored by the College's Mind and Spirit Committee.

Throughout his career, spanning many decades, the pianist has accompanied such stars as Billie Holiday, Sally Kellerman, Barbra Streisand, and Tyne Daly. He has worked as a musical director of several feature films, including "Funny Girl."

He teaches jazz vocals at City College of New York and jazz and jazz history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has been a private teacher and coach for more than 30 years. He has appeared on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival, New York Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and at private events for Walt Disney, the Rockefeller and Hearst families, and Ted Turner. He also has performed on several television shows including the Today show and programs hosted by Merv Griffin, Steve Allen, Joan Rivers, and Dinah Shore.

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