Ben Webster + Ahmad Jamal


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Jazz From Studio 61 was a CBS show hosted by Robert Herridge that aired on February 15, 1960. It was part of the network's Herridge-produced Robert Herridge Theater series. For this half-hour jazz program, Herridge brought together two groups—one led by tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and the other by pianist Ahmad Jamal. In the past, I've only found this show chopped up into segments on YouTube. Now it looks like Don Kaart has uploaded a top-quality print of the entire show.

Webster's group featured Webster (ts), Buck Clayton (tp), Vic Dickenson (tb), Hank Jones (p), George Duvivier (b) and Jo Jones (d).

Jamal's trio consisted of Jamal (p), Israel Crosby (b) and Vernell Fournier (d). That's jazz critic Nat Hentoff with the pipe and his wife at the time.

Here's Jazz From Studio 61 in its entirety...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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