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Video Clips: Eumir Deodato

Video Clips: Eumir Deodato

Sometime around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, I had a craving for Eumir Deodato, the Brazilian composer-producer and jazz-fusion electric pianist. I have no idea why. Maybe it's the heat or that the light is fading earlier in the day and transitioning to early autumn. Or maybe I just wanted to hear a Fender Rhodes. It happens. ...

Larry Adler's Harmonica

Larry Adler's Harmonica

The late Toots Thielemans was one of the first chromatic harmonica players to play swing and bop on the instrument. And no one could touch Toots or even sound like him. But he wasn't the first harmonica star. That title belong to Larry Adler, who died in 2001. Born in jny: Baltimore, he taught himself to ...

Women Who Can Really Swing

Women Who Can Really Swing

Yesterday, I had a little time to roam around YouTube. Along the way, I came across female jazz artists who bring lots of soul to their performances. Thought I'd share three clips with you today: Here' the Tim Gill All Stars, featuring Kirsten Edkins (pictured at top) on tenor saxophone...   Here's trumpeter Bria Skonberg and her ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: More favorite jazz documentaries

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: More favorite jazz documentaries

With a temporary shortage of upcoming local shows to preview over the next couple of weeks, today's post once again is dedicated to showcasing some favorite jazz documentary films that can be seen online for free. First up is Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis, which was produced in 1986 and and aired by PBS ...

Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1957

Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1957

On French TV in 1957, Bobby Jaspar, the Belgian jazz saxophonist and flutist, was joined by Martial Solal on piano, Sacha Distel on electric guitar, Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. This video shows just how superb Jaspar was on the flute, playing There Will Never Be Another You...   And yes that's ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Happy birthday, Louis Armstrong!

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Happy birthday, Louis Armstrong!

Today, let's take a look at some vintage videos featuring trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong, who's back in the StLJN spotlight this week for two reasons. First, as you may already know, this past Thursday, August 4 was the 115th anniversary of Armstrong's birth. It's true that during his lifetime, he claimed to have been born ...

Dizzy Gillespie + Sonny Stitt: '58

Dizzy Gillespie + Sonny Stitt: '58

In May 1958, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet was on tour in Europe when they stopped in Belgium to perform at Expo 58—the Brussels World's Fair. The musicians—Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Sonny Stitt (ts, as-), Lou Levy (p), Ray Brown (b) and Gus Johnson (d)—were at their peak. Jazz had won new-found respect worldwide and the musicians were ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: In the groove with Big Sam's Funky Nation

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: In the groove with Big Sam's Funky Nation

This week, let's check out some videos of the New Orleans-based band Big Sam’s Funky Nation, who are coming back to St. Louis to perform on Thursday, August 11 at the Broadway Oyster Bar. Led by trombonist “Big Sam" Williams, the Funky Nation has been visiting St. Louis at fairly regular intervals for several years now, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Giants of jazz in concert

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Giants of jazz in concert

Since this feature is still employing a non-topical, summer-vacation protocol, today's post is simply a sort of video jazz festival, for which your editor has selected full sets from six of the all-time giants of jazz, recorded at various locations around the world in the middle of the last century. In order, the videos are: Louis ...


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