Photo: Riza and Marcus Printup | Joyce Jones and Ernest Gregory Photography. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.
The next show will air on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast will feature an interview with harpist, composer and educator Riza Printup and trumpeter, composer and educator Marcus Printup, who are the co-authors of a new children’s book titled Theodore and Hazel and The Bird. This show was originally scheduled for April 17, but was not able to be aired.
A harp player like no other, Riza Printup has delved deep into both Jazz and Classical styles. Among many others, Riza Printup has recorded with acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter and husband Marcus Printup on Desire (2013), A Time For Love (2011), Ballads All Night (2010), and Bird of Paradise (2007); Grammy nominated pianist and composer Kenny Werner No Beginning, No End; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Chick Corea and the music of Mr. Corea. She’s performed the classic Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygn’ (for harp and cello) with virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and was featured with Paquito D’Rivera in his presentation of Charlie Parker’s classic, Bird With Strings in The Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Allen Room.
She has transcribed several of Dorothy Ashby’s originals (Jazz Harpist Extraordinaire), and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform some of Ms. Ashby’s music with the incomparable late Frank Wess who was featured on Ms. Ashby’s 1957 and 1958 recordings.
Through Harpiana Publications, Riza has published one of her originals, arrangements of jazz standards, and an arrangement of a classic Filipino Kundiman.
Riza is also a WeBop (early childhood jazz education program) instuctor at Jazz at Lincoln Center located in New York City.
Marcus Printup, born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, had his first musical experiences hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church. He would later discover jazz as a senior in high school.
In 1991, Mr. Printup’s life would change drastically as it was then when he met his mentor/friend-to-be, the incomparable pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to world renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis which in time led to the invitation to join the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993.
Mr. Printup has performed and/or recorded with Betty Carter (he was inducted into Ms. Carter’s first Jazz Ahead class in 1994), Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts among many others.
Mr. Printup has several records as a leader, Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace In The Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby, Ballads All Night, A Time for Love, Homage and his latest, Desire. In 2008, he did a live Gospel CD recording for his childhood church, Peek’s Chapel Baptist Church as a benefit to raise funds for the building of a new church.
Mr. Printup is in demand as a facilitator for masterclasses / clinics at Middle Schools, High Schools and Universities across the US. He is also an educator for JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition, the JALC’s Middle School Jazz Academy, the Savannah Music Festival Swing City Competition and is an adjunct faculty member of the New School in Manhattan.
Mr. Printup made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing By Heart and recorded on the film’s soundtrack.
In 2005, a proclamation was granted to Mr. Printup declaring August 22nd ‘Marcus Printup Day’ in his home town of Conyers, GA.
Bios adapted from the websites of Riza and Marcus Printup, respectively.
This program is hosted, engineered, produced, and edited by Joyce Jones.
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Marcus Printup will be leading a sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from May 25-26.
Watch Riza and Marcus perform “Before Dawn” in this 2012 live performance.
Watch Riza and Marcus perform Riza’s “Along the Way” in this 2012 live performance.
Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system.