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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Miles Davis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Miles Davis

This week, it's time to check out some videos of the latest iteration of the SFJAZZ Collective, who will be here in St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 29 at Jazz at the Bistro. Founded in 2004 as a sort of ever-evolving, all-star house band for the San Francisco presenter ...

Ben Webster + Ahmad Jamal

Ben Webster  + Ahmad Jamal

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 ...

Joe Farrell Plays the Flute

Joe Farrell Plays the Flute

Recently, I was e-chatting with saxophonist Bill Kirchner about jazz flutists. I think it was just after my post on Harold McNair. At any rate, Bill noted that Joe Farrell (1937-1986) was one of the finest jazz flutists. Said Bill, “If there's a better sounding alto flute on a jazz record, I haven't heard it." [Photo ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Grégoire Maret's harmonica jazz

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Grégoire Maret's harmonica jazz

Harmonica players are rare in jazz. Many fans could recognize and name the late Jean “Toots" Thielemans (who also played guitar) and Howard Levy, who first earned fame playing harmonica and keyboards with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (and St. Louis music fans in the know might tout our town's Sandy Weltman as deserving of being ...

Freddie Hubbard: Three Videos

Freddie Hubbard: Three Videos

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard came up at the height of the hard bop movement in the late 1950s and became instrumental in free jazz movement in the 1960s and fusion in the '70s. His second recording was on John Coltrane's The Believer in late 1958, and from then on Hubbard was in strong demand. His critical recordings ...

Henry Mancini: Dreamsville

Henry Mancini: Dreamsville

One of the most sensual mid-tempo ballads ever written is Henry Mancini's Dreamsville. It was written by Mancini for the TV-detective series Peter Gunn, which aired from 1958 to 1961. The song's melody first appeared in the “Kidnap" episode, during season 2, as well as on several other episodes. I found it here, at 27:14... The ...

Warne Marsh: Oct. 1987

Warne Marsh: Oct. 1987

On Sunday, October 18, 1987, Warne Marsh was leading a quartet at a San Francisco concert. The performance was held just two months before the cool-jazz tenor saxophonist would collapse and die of a heart attack on stage at Donte's in North Hollywood at age 60. Backing Marsh in San Francisco was Larry Koonse (g), Seward ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Keyon Harrold sampler

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Keyon Harrold sampler

This week, let's peruse some videos featuring trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold, who now lives in NYC but is coming home to perform on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Jazz at the Bistro. Harrold will be part of an ensemble including pianist Lawrence Fields and drummer Kimberly Thompson, two more former ...

Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1958

Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1958

Since we're on a bit of a flute kick, let's end the week with Belgian flutist (and saxophonist) Bobby Jaspar. In the following video clip, he's performing in Cannes, France, in July 1958 with Donald Byrd (tr), Walter Davis Jr. (p), Doug Watkins (b) and Art Taylor (d). They're playing a contrafact on I'll Remember April—a ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring pianist Laurence Hobgood, who's coming to St. Louis to perform with his trio on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 at Jazz at the Bistro. Known widely for his more than 20 years as musical director for singer Kurt Elling, Hobgood split from Elling at ...


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