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Tony Bennett's Almost Birthday

Tony Bennett's birthday is on August 3 (he'll be a majestic 88), but I couldn't wait until then to celebrate. While roaming YouTube the other night, I dipped into Tony's 1960s TV appearances. If you like what you see below, I'll tell you at the end of this post where you can see much more if ...

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Dave Lambert: Voice of Reason

If you want to truly understand the kind side of jazz—the side that reveres other artists, wants everyone to love the music and views improvisation as way to bring people together—you need to dig the music of Dave Lambert. Before World War II, Louis Armstrong was the chief bridge between jazz and everyday life, largely because ...

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Videos: Peggy Lee

Last night, while doing some research on YouTube, I got hung up on Peggy Lee. First I started studying how the left corner of her mouth drops slightly when she sings. Then I watched her eyes, which always seem to be soaring back and forth on a swing. At any rate, let me share with you ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Alan Evans' Playonbrother

Today, let's spend a little video time with drummer Alan Evans and his band Playonbrother, who will be in St. Louis next week to perform on Thursday, July 24 at the Gramophone. Made up of Evans, a co-founder of the funk-jazz trio Soulive, plus Danny Mayer on guitar and Beau Sasser on keyboards, Playonbrother was formed ...

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Weekend Extra: Brownie Speaks

Until recently, admirers of the great trumpeter Clifford Brown heard him speak only a few words on the album The Beginning and the End. Recently, however, a YouTube contributor who identifies herself as Nespasisi posted a segment of Brown being interviewed by Willis Conover of The Voice of America. Nespasisi explains that she found the fragment ...

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Drone-Shot Music Videos Attracting Attention and Driving Chart Positions

Drones are being adopted in all sorts of areas to sometimes literally give a new look at things. Which means they eventually will show up in music videos. One video using a GoPro/drone combo used Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli’s “Time To Say Goodbye" as background music and drove it up the charts. Another takes a ...

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Videos: Charlie Haden

In the wake of Charlie Haden's death on Friday and my tribute post yesterday, I thought I'd share with you three videos of Haden being interviewed along with a previously unseen concert with Pat Metheny in 2005... Here's Charlie being interviewed by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman in 2006...   Here's Haden in 2009...   Here's Haden in ...

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Jazz Piano Workshop, 1965

The following concert in Berlin in 1965 may well be the greatest piano jazz summit ever documented on film. It featured Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans and Jaki Byard. I have no idea why the sound goes dead when Evans comes out, but I snooped around and found the segment elsewhere and ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Shana Tucker

Today, let's get acquainted via video with singer, cellist, and guitarist Shana Tucker, who will be making her St. Louis debut sharing a bill with R&B singer Kenya McGuire Johnson at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday, July 19 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Originally from Amityville, NY, Tucker studied music at Howard University and Brooklyn College Conservatory ...

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Videos: Art Tatum at the Piano

Speaking of jazz piano, fans may be unaware that videos of Art Tatum in action exist and that the piano master also appeared in a couple of movies. There's also tape of Tatum's voice, which turns a name on a record label into a warm and charming guy... Here's Tatum at New York's 3 Deuces, at ...


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