Jason Vieaux: “In a Sentimental Mood”

American guitarist Jason Vieaux is our guest soloist for this weekend’s Richmond Symphony concerts. His Grammy-winning 2014 album, Play, includes this beautifully atmospheric performance of Duke Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood:

An interesting story surrounds the 1935 composition of this famous jazz standard. According to Ellington,

We had played a big dance in a tobacco warehouse, and afterwards a friend of mine, an executive in the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company, threw a party for us. I was playing piano when another one of our friends had some trouble with two chicks. To pacify them, I composed this there and then, with one chick standing on each side of the piano.

It’s fun to explore the range of classic covers of this melody, which include recordings by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum (which weaves in, seamlessly, strands of Stephen Foster’s Swanee River), and Bill Evans. Here is the famous and soulful 1962 performance by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane:

Recordings

  • Jason Vieux’s Play iTunes
  • Duke Ellington and John Coltrane iTunes
  • Mike Goldberg’s WCVE interview with Jason Vieaux

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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