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Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1969

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1969

And on this final day of my four-part series of tributes to Dizzy Gillespie, I saved the best for last: In November 1969, Jazz at the Philharmonic was in London. In the following video, we get to hear producer Norman Granz introduce the first jam-session septet (and oh was a group): Dizzy Gillespie (t), James Moody ...

Video: Dizzy in Denmark, 1970

Video: Dizzy in Denmark, 1970

Day #3 of my Dizzy Gillespie tribute. Today, a concert video of Gillespie with his big band at the Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November, 4 1970. And what a monster big band it was! The musicians were Gillespie (tp, voc); Benny Bailey, Art Farmer, Dusko Goycovich and Idrees Sulieman (tp); Nat Peck, ...

Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

In 1990, a documentary about trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was released that featured not a word of voiceover narration. Instead, To Bop or Not to Be: A Jazz Life, by Norwegian director Jan Horne, simply featured musician interviews in English, concert performances and archival footage. My guess is this approach was favored so the filmmakers wouldn't have ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Harold López-Nussa

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Harold López-Nussa

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on pianist Harold López-Nussa, who will make his St. Louis debut with performances starting this coming Wednesday, October 18 and continuing through Saturday, October 21 at Jazz at the Bistro. Now 34 years old, López-Nussa grew up as part of a musical family in Havana, Cuba. His father, drummer Ruy ...

Sinatra in the Studio: 1967

Sinatra in the Studio: 1967

In 1967, Frank Sinatra was in the studio to record Younger Than Springtime. The following clip was part of a TV special, Movin' With Nancy, as in Nancy Sinatra, the singer's daughter. Billy Strange is conducting and Lee Hazelwood is in the control booth. There's something so tender and honest about this clip at a time ...

History of Indian Summer

History of Indian Summer

In 1904, Victor Herbert resigned as leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony to form the Victor Herbert Orchestra. He was determined to take a run at commercial success by performing operettas in New York. The operetta predated the musical and was immensely popular in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. Operettas were much shorter than ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A few sips of Moon Hooch

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A few sips of Moon Hooch

This week, let's sample some videos from Moon Hooch, who are returning to St. Louis to perform on Friday, October 13 at the Old Rock House. The NYC-based trio- drummer James Muschler and saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen- met while attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, and got their start ...

History of Early Autumn

History of Early Autumn

In 1946, the classically inclined arranger Ralph Burns brought an Impressionist three-part suite to bandleader Woody Herman called Summer Sequence. As Gary Giddens notes in Visions of Jazz, Herman recorded the three parts in September '46, when saxophonist Flip Phillips was the band's chief saxophone soloist. But in the 78 era, three parts of anything were ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Steve Swell

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Steve Swell

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring trombonist Steve Swell, who will be making his St. Louis debut and kicking off New Music Circle's 2017-18 season with a concert on Saturday, October 7 at at The Stage at KDHX. Swell will be joined by an all-star assemblage of avant-gardists, including pianist Dave Burrell, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Fall 2017 jazz preview

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Fall 2017 jazz preview

As the end of August approaches, it's time once again for StLJN's fall jazz preview, offering some video samples of the most noteworthy jazz and creative music performers who will be visiting St. Louis in the next few months. Since Rebirth Brass Band's Labor Day weekend show at Atomic Cowboy got a post of its own ...


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