STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Vintage Tenor Time with Harry Allen

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Today, let's take a look at some video clips featuring tenor saxophonist Freddy Cole for a four-night run starting Wednesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 25 at
By way of examples, here are a half-dozen videos showing recent performances by Allen of a mix of ballads and swing tunes. The first track, “Blues in A flat," features the saxophonist with a rhythm section of pianist Rossano Sportiello, bassist Joel Forbes, and drummer Chuck Riggs, and was recorded in June of last year at Feinstein's in NYC.

Down below, you can hear Allen take on the ballad standard “My Romance," abetted by Sportiello, bassist Glenn Holmes and drummer Bill Ransom in September 2011 at Jazz at Chautauqua in New York.

The third clip features Allen playing “If I Were A Bell" with Allen Farnham (piano), Bill Moring (bass) and Steve Johns (drums) in April 2010 at the Union County Performing Arts Center New Jersey. That's followed by another classic ballad, “I'm in the Mood for Love," as rendered by Allen, Sporiello, bassist Richard Simon and drummer Ed Metz in April 2012 at the Atlanta Jazz Party.

We close with two more videos from June 2012 at Feinstein's, in which Allen and the rhythm section are joined by trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and former Duke Ellington orchestra baritone saxophonist Joe Temperly. In “Sweet Georgia Brown," note that Allen's solo starting at around 3:28 includes some licks that border on bebop, and there's also what sure sounds like a quote of the “Salt Peanuts" lick in the closing trading of eights and fours. The final track features Allen and friends on “Did You Call Her Today" and “In A Mellotone."

To see some videos of Freddy Cole, who will team with Allen at the Bistro, check out
this post that preceded Cole's last appearance at the Bistro in 2010.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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