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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dee Dee Bridgewater goes back to Memphis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dee Dee Bridgewater goes back to Memphis

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who will be in St. Louis to perform next Saturday, November 17 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Long known as one of the top female jazz singers of her generation, Bridgewater went in a different musical direction for her most recent album, Memphis... Yes, I'm ...

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Recently over a weekend, I posted a few video clips of Julie London singing and appearing on the TV game show What's My Line? Many of you unfamiliar with London wrote to me fully understanding why I would write that she's my favorite female vocalist of the 1950s and '60s. As I noted, London's voice is the ...

Hot Track: A Kick Out of You

Hot Track: A Kick Out of You

In March 1954, a year before his death, Charlie Parker recorded a Cole Porter songbook album for Norman Granz's Verve label. Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter would be Bird's final series of recordings. On March 31, 1954, Parker recorded I Get a Kick Out of You. There were two complete takes, one with Jerome Darr on ...

Benny Green: Then & Now

Benny Green: Then & Now

At its finest, jazz is music of miraculous combinations. The best jazz recordings are a result of two or more artists working together with spectacular results—Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Lee Morgan and Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons, and Bill Evans, Scot LaFarro and Paul Motian. Pianist Benny Green ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument

Today, let's check out some videos featuring artist, musician, and instrument inventor Ellen Fullman, who will be in St. Louis next week for a residency sponsored by New Music Circle, culminating in a performance on Friday, November 9 at 560 Music Center. While she's here, Fullman also will make public presentations about her work on Wednesday, ...

10 Jazz Clips With Scary Titles

10 Jazz Clips With Scary Titles

Today in the U.S., it's Halloween, an evening holiday where kids dress up in scary costumers and beg for candy at the doors of strangers by squealing, “Trick or treat." Since two companies now own all the candy brands here, kids arrive home with their bags only to dump out a mountain of four different types—M&Ms, ...

Dexter Gordon and Karin Krog

Dexter Gordon and Karin Krog

Dexter Gordon accompanied more vocalists than you might imagine. There was Helen Humes in 1950, Gladys Bentley in 1952, Kitty White in 1965, Pony Poindexter in 1966, Vi Redd in 1970, Miriam Klein in 1973, Eddie Jefferson in 1978 and Tony Bennett in 1990. In the mid-1940s, while in Lionel Hampton's band, Gordon accompanied Rubel Blakey; ...

John Stubblefield + Nat Adderley

John Stubblefield + Nat Adderley

Chances are you are unfamiliar with John Stubblefield. The obscure saxophonist was versatile and could play soul-jazz, funk-jazz and avant-garde jazz in the 1970s and beyond. Which probably is why he recorded with so many different types of artists and groups over the course of his career. Stubblefield brought enormous heat and polish to his solos, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Stefon Harris and Blackout's "Sonic Creed"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Stefon Harris and Blackout's "Sonic Creed"

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who's coming to St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, October 31 and continuing through Sunday, November 4 at Jazz St. Louis. Considered one of the top mallet percussionists in jazz, Harris has played here several times in the last few years, most ...

Videos: Five Jazz Joes

Videos: Five Jazz Joes

Cruising around YouTube yesterday evening, I fixated on jazz artists whose first name is Joe. Hardly average, these Joes demonstrated exceptional talent on stage. Here are five videos by jazz artists named Joe: Here's Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone with Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass in 1968... Here's tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson ...