Willie "The Lion" Smith Profile: December 15th at 2pm

Today's Jazz Profile follows the career of Willie "The Lion" Smith, one of the masters of Harlem Stride Piano. The Lion (November 1893 - 18 April 1973) was a contemporary of James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller. He picked up the organ and piano around the age of 6 continued until the end of his life, playing ragtime, blues, Dixieland, boogie-woogie, swing, bebop and bop. Join WKCR as we follow the upbeat, virtuosic music of The Lion. Tune in for Leonard Feather's live interview of The Lion early in the show!