News | Featured | Feeds

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Roosevelt Collier

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Roosevelt Collier

This week, let's get acquainted via video with steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, who's coming to St. Louis to perform his first headlining shows here next Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at Jazz St. Louis. Collier grew up in Perrine, Florida, near Miami, and began playing music in the House of God Church in his ...

5 Videos: Bennie Maupin

5 Videos: Bennie Maupin

On Monday, I posted about Stanley Cowell, one of jazz's greatest living pianists. Today, I'm focusing on Bennie Maupin, another living jazz legend who doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Maupin is perhaps best known for recording with Horace Silver (Serenade to a Soul Sister), Miles Davis (Bitches Brew) and Herbie Hancock (Headhunters, Thrust). Here are ...

3 Videos: Lennie Tristano

3 Videos: Lennie Tristano

Lennie Tristano's piano had a different sound. When improvising, his left hand typically kept meticulous time with a walking bass line while his right wandered with purpose. Together, they sounded like two people on the same flight of stairs, one plodding up returning home while the other impishly skipping down briskly to get outside. Here are ...

João Gilberto: Pre-Bossa Demos

João Gilberto: Pre-Bossa Demos

Several months ago, I came across a superb album early bossa nova music. It's called João Gilberto: Private Session at Chico Pereira’s House in 1958. The music was recorded a year before Gilberto recorded and released Chega de Saudade in 1959, the album that launched the bossa nova sensation worldwide. The back-story is wonderful: In '58, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dave Weckl to headline Chesterfield Jazz Fest

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dave Weckl to headline Chesterfield Jazz Fest

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on drummer Dave Weckl, who will be back home to perform next Saturday, June 15 as the headlining act at the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival. A native of St. Charles, Weckl undoubtedly is one of the most successful working jazz musicians from this area, first gaining international attention working ...

Five Videos of Bobby Hutcherson

Five Videos of Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson was one of the finest vibraphonists of the 1960s. His Blue Note albums remain an adventure into modal jazz and the African-American jazz perspective. Here are five videos of Hutcherson in action over the years. He died in 2016 [photo of Bobby Hutcherson by Francis Wolff (c) Mosaic Images] Here's the majestically stormy pianist ...

Six Red Rodney Videos

Six Red Rodney Videos

Trumpeter Red Rodney began his recording career with Jimmy Dorsey in 1944, moving on to Gene Krupa in 1946 just as Gerry Mulligan began writing arrangements for the band. Later that year, Rodney recorded with Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart and then led his own bop group in 1947. After recording with Serge Chaloff that year, ...

Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon was a fabulous West Coast baritone saxophonist whose brilliant jazz career was cut short at age 24 in a car accident. On August 28, 1955, Gordon and trumpeter Earl McCrea were driving to San Diego to play in a Pete Rugolo concert. Gordon's car was proceeding north on St. Andrew Place in Los Angeles ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Trombone Shorty

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Trombone Shorty

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue, who will be returning to St. Louis to perform next Friday, June 7 at The Pageant. Since he last played here in 2015, Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) has continued to enjoy crossover success, touring frequently in the USA and ...

Listen: Gerry Mulligan Doc

Listen: Gerry Mulligan Doc

Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan was exceptional. He was an arranger, composer, lyricist, singer, conductor, pianist, jazz-movement transformer, educator, a bandleader and an actor. Shortly after Mulligan's death in 1996, director Thor Raxlen released Listen: Gerry Mulligan, a documentary sponsored by the Library of Congress and produced by his wife, Franca Rota Mulligan. It runs an hour ...