improv

  • jazz1
    December 6, 2016  

    What is improvisational jazz all about? Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau agree that the answer is vulnerability. Their musical genre requires players to follow one another’s lead — often letting another performer dictate the musical conversation. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Redman and Mehldau to discuss emotion in their art and why “it’s a great time to be a jazz musician.” Continue reading

  • Robin Williams was nominated for his role as the teacher who inspired his students at an upper class prep school in the 1950s in "Dead Poets Society" (1989). Photo by Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images
    August 12, 2014  

    The death of Robin Williams, beloved American comedian and actor, has sparked an outpouring of shock and sadness. Jeffrey Brown joins A. O. Scott of The New York Times and Budd Friedman, founder of Improv Comedy Club, to look back at the “exuberance, sweetness and generosity” of William’s talent. Continue reading

  • robin williams
    August 12, 2014  

    Comedian and actor Robin Williams brought wit, speed and energy — as well as dramatic depth — to the wide array of roles he played throughout his career. Williams died by asphyxia, an apparent suicide, in Marin County, California, at the age of 63. Jeffrey Brown looks back at William’s well-loved work, as well as his battle with depression. Continue reading

  • April 12, 2013  

    Pioneering comic Jonathan Winters brought his own brand of wild, improvisational stand-up to television in the 1950s, and continued to perform for nearly five decades. Winters died Thursday at the age of 87. Jeffrey Brown remembers the comedian with a look back at his career and an interview excerpt with Jim Lehrer from 1999. Continue reading

  • December 17, 2009   BY  

    On a cold December night in 1959, The Second City opened in the Old Town section of Chicago in a small space that had been previously been a hat shop and Chinese laundry. Fifty years later, Second City stakes claim to having been the training ground for scores of now-household names.
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