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ColaJazz Presents: Shannon Pinkney

This week on ColaJazz Presents, we speak with pianist Shannon Pinkney.

Born in Orangeburg, SC, he's also known as "True Blue" and "Blue Deon" Pinkney in jazz circles. His music exudes a sense of joy and calmness, and he always plays it with a smile. One of the signature elements of Pinkney's style is quoting a different tune in the middle of a song.

In this clip, bassist Rodney Foster and drummer Deven Jenkins join Shannon Pinkney to perform Antônio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl from Ipanema" and Roy Hargrove's "Strasbourg/St. Denis." You can watch their full performance on The ColaJazz Foundation's YouTube page here.