ABC Jazz Home > Features > Steely Dan interview

Steely Dan interview

Steely Dan
May 19, 2010 Updated Jun 23, 2010

Pop hipsters Steely Dan and jazz legend Marian McPartland from her NPR Piano Jazz series.

Here's the song list from the interview:

1. Jazz Limbo (Duke Ellington)
2. Josie (Donald Fagan/Walter Becker)
3. Mood Indigo (Ellington/Bigard/Mills)
4. Star Eyes (Gene DePaul/Don Raye)
5. Hesitation Blues (W.C. Handy)
6. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington/Ted Persons)
7. Chain Lightning (Donald Fagan/Walter Becker)
8. Black Friday (Donald Fagan/Walter Becker)

Donald Fagan; piano, vocals
Walter Becker; guitar
Marian McPartland; piano
Jay Leonhart; bass
Keith Carlock; drums


More about
tag Register to add tags

Artist Biography


Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop. Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972, the band enjoyed great critical and commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s before breaking up in 1981. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has...

This entry is from Wikipedia external link, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under CC-BY-SA external link. Visit Steely Dan external link on Wikipedia to correct or update this entry. Any changes made to the Wikipedia article will not be immediately available here. The ABC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

bullet Alert Moderator

Discover more about Steely Dan on ABC Jazz


May 26, 2010. 2:55pm
caedwa recommended this


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
On May 28, 2010. 3:21pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Darin!
Great to hear the feedback and glad you're liking the mix between voice and music...!
That was Marian McPartland by the way. She's a 92 yr old jazz pianist who has run a series called 'Piano Jazz' on National Public Radio in the US since 1978. What a legend...!

On May 28, 2010. 2:36pm
Darin said

Its 2.28pm and I am listening to radio -ABC jazz on tv. I am just blown away by the announcer. She is intelligent listening. At first,having grown accustomed to listening to the "noise" and drama on commercial radio stations, thought she was over the hill and too boring - how wrong I was! She is incredible: clued up with the music,talented and intelligent- I am now sold to listening to the quality of her comments. Simply WOW!
Great music and lovely conversation.

I would like to hear more by John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, John Coltrane if not too much to ask. John McLaughlin is doing so much in innovations and would be lovely if your station could keep abreast of such progress in musical evolution.

Take Care

Love your contribution.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Comments from unregistered users are subject to ABC moderation and will not appear until they are approved - there will be a delay until they are published.
Create A Profile to add comments straight away.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
30 plus equals 46
Solve this math question and enter the solution with digits. E.g. for "two plus four = ?" enter "6".
Sign up to the weekly newsletter
Enter your email address
Other ABC music sites