Steve Allen and Marian McPartland

Jul 17, 2018

Steve Allen (1921–2001) became a household name in the 1950s as the first ever host of a late night talk show, which would become The Tonight Show. A legendary comedian and actor, Allen was also a musician and prolific composer, though he never learned to read music. He wrote thousands of songs and won a Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. In this Piano Jazz session from 1988, Allen demonstrates his rich harmonics as he solos on one of the compositions he penned when he was still in his teens, a lush ballad called “No New Love.”

About Allen: https://www.biography.com/people/steve-allen-9181628

About The Tonight Show: https://www.npr.org/tags/126928283/the-tonight-show