Handful of Keys
Handful of Keys

Handful of Keys

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests take you through 100 years of jazz piano on Handful of Keys. Star pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the JLCO’s own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full breadth of the piano’s evolution over the 20th century. 

Recorded on opening night of the 2016–17 Jazz at Lincoln Center season, Handful of Keys showcases a band in full stride, burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from James P. Johnson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and more. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander (recently featured on "60 Minutes") to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano’s past and give the stage to several prodigies who are taking the instrument in bold new directions. 

Track listing

  1. Jingles feat. Dick Hyman
  2. Lulu’s Back in Town feat. Isaiah J. Thompson
  3. Four by Five feat. Helen Sung
  4. Very Early feat. Joey Alexander
  5. The Strawberry feat. Myra Melford
  6. Hymn to Freedom feat. Isaiah J. Thompson
  7. All of Me feat. Dick Hyman
  8. Temperance feat. Dan Nimmer


Sherman Irby – alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
Ted Nash – alto & soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
Victor Goines – tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet
Walter Blanding – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Paul Nedzela – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Kenny Rampton
Marcus Printup
Wynton Marsalis
Greg Gisbert

Vincent Gardner
Chris Crenshaw
Elliot Mason

Rhythm Section
Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Ali Jackson – drums

Special Guests
Joey Alexander – piano
Dick Hyman – piano
Myra Melford – piano
Helen Sung – piano
Isaiah J. Thompson – piano