Between the Keys with Jed Distler

Tuesdays at 10 pm

Between the Keys may or may not begin at the piano but will always find Jed taking the listener on a creative, imaginative and unique musical journey as only someone of his experience could present. 

Between the Keys is supported by Jacobs Music.

For episode No. 278 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler showcases the artistry of one of the 20th century’s most versatile pianists, Noel Mewton-Wood.

Episode No. 277 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program features the Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss in conversation with the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Ms. Weiss is the mastermind behind 32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World, a project involving the commissioning of new piano works by 32 composers representing 32 countries of conflict and secluded areas. The pieces all are united through musical themes from Beethoven, and share the common “Dona Nobis Pacem” motive from the composer’s Missa Solemnis.

Episode No. 276 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is titled “A Higher Calling.” For this program, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler showcases pianists either who were or whom still are priests, monks and nuns.

Featured performers include pianists Thierry de Brunhoff, Jean-Rodolphe Kars, and Sean Duggan, as well as the composer/pianist Andrew Violette, plus an excerpt from the only commercial recording by the Immaculate Heart Trio.

Episode No. 275 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler serving up tangos and tarantellas for the piano.

For Episode No. 274 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler creates a mini-recital featuring four diverse and substantial works.

Episode No. 273 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys welcomes special guest pianist and composer Geoffrey Burleson, in conversation with The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Episode No. 272 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler answering the musical question: “Where’s the Orchestra?”

Episode No. 271 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler in a creative programming mood.

On Friday August 28th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler hosts a special two-hour program celebrating the centenary and artistry of conductor Guido Cantelli, who was born April 27th 1920.

On this week’s episode  (No. 270) of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a wide variety of short works for piano and orchestra by William Thomas McKinley, W.A. Mozart, E. J. Moeran, Elliott Carter and Edward Burlingame Hill.

Between the Keys is an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org

You may know The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler as a composer, pianist and host of the weekly ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. But did you know that he's also been reviewing classical recordings for Classicstoday.com ever since this review website launched in 1999?

Classicstoday.com's Executive Editor David Hurwitz is a longtime associate and friend of Jed's, and The Classical Network is delighted to showcase Mr. Hurwitz's insights in a special two hour program featuring conversation and music.

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler replicates a playlist from one of David Dubal’s The Piano Matters episodes, offering the same works in alternative performances.  

Catching Up on Between the Keys Tuesday August 11th

Aug 11, 2020

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler catches up with new and recent releases, projects, trends and ideas in the keyboard world.

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a program entirely devoted to the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.

“I try to do at least one all-Scarlatti program every year,” Jed says. “We’ve got a wonderful lineup of  familiar and arguably less known interpreters, all who bring mindful virtuosity and great personality to this repertoire."

Raring to Go on Between the Keys, Tuesday July 28th

Jul 28, 2020

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler digs into his collection of rare yet worthy piano recordings.

“So many great piano performances tend to go out of print quickly, or else they never gain digital reissue,” Distler explains. “I make it my duty to share these recordings with listeners.  In turn, listeners often turn me on to great recordings that I myself didn't know about.”

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a program devoted to the new, the old and the unexpected.

Selections include works by Bach, Brahms, Scriabin, Debussy and contemporary composers Bruce Lazarus, Laura Kaminsky and David Sanford.

Tune in to Between the Keys every Tuesday at 10:00 PM, only here on The Classical Network and WWFM.org

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler demonstrates slow cooking.

A Between the Keys Double Header on July 7th

Jul 7, 2020

Baseball may have been in limbo during the lockdown, yet we’ve got a veritable “double header” for this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

“I’ve been wanting to devote an entire program to a couple of large-scale and utterly disparate works for piano and orchestra,” says Jed Distler, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence and the writer, producer and host of Between the Keys.  “So I came up with a wild pairing that probably hasn’t been done before.”

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores Schumann’s popular piano cycle Kinderszenen Op. 15 in comparative performances for all of its thirteen movements.

A Musical Melting Pot on Between the Keys June 23rd

Jun 23, 2020

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a veritable melting pot of music and musicians.

Selections include works by William Byrd, Terry Riley, Eleanor Alberga, Sara Feigin, Terry Riley, George Crumb, Frederic Chopin, Elena Ruehr, Gerald Busby and Bela Bartok, along with Erroll Garner’s unique take on Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Waltz.

Beethoven Served Rare on Between the Keys June 16th

Jun 16, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents piano music of Beethoven in rare recordings.

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler brings you a program made entirely of listener requests.

“I reached out to listeners on my Between the Keys Facebook page,” DIstler explains. “The rule was that you could suggest a recording or performance as long as it wasn’t your own recording or your own composition, and that your request couldn’t exceed ten minutes.”

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores music inspired by the world of dreams. He also talks about how cats dream, and remembers an extraordinary musical dream he had involving a piano lesson with Liberace!

Tune in Tuesday June 2nd at 10:00 PM for works by Amy Beach, John Dowland, Eleonor Sandresky, Nikolai Kapustin, Franz Schubert and Dana Suesse on Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

Jeffrey Biegel visits Between the Keys May 26th

May 26, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler welcomes Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Jeffrey Biegel for music and conversation.

James Irsay returns to Between the Keys May 19th

May 19, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler welcomes back fellow radio host and pianist James Irsay, who presents a playlist of piano performances that one might consider to be “over the top.”

Pianist Martino Tirimo on Between the Keys May 12th

May 12, 2020

This Tuesday night on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler showcases the artistry of Martino Tirimo, one of today’s most distinctive and frequently recorded pianists, whose recent box set release of Beethoven’s complete solo piano works marks the composer’s 250th birthday year in 2020.

On this week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler offers an eclectic selection of works that typifies his imaginative mixing and matching of styles, genres and artists.

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler features recordings by the legendary Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997)

Tim Page visits Between the Keys, April 21st

Apr 21, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler welcomes Tim Page for a special program-length interview, where the Pultizer Prize winning author and critic talks about his extensive and innovative life as a classical radio host and personality from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.

Obscure Sonatas on Between the Keys April 14th

Apr 14, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents Episode 251: Sonata Obscura.

Pages