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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Shake It" with The New Mastersounds

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Shake It" with The New Mastersounds

This week, we're checking out some videos featuring The New Mastersounds, who will be coming to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, October 19 at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion. A funk/jazz quartet with a stripped-down sound that's been compared to the Meters, Booker T and the MGs, and St. Louis' own Grant Green, The New Mastersounds- guitarist and bandleader Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and keyboardist Joe Tatton- last played here in May 2016, also at Atomic ...

Jazz Musicians Who Sang

Jazz Musicians Who Sang

Besides Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and many pianists like Shirley Horn, Matt Dennis and others who played and sang at clubs, a good number of jazz musicians could sing quite well. Here are eight: Here's trombonist Jack Teagarden playing and singing It's All in Your Mind... Here's pianist Oscar Peterson singing Orange Colored Sky... Here's drummer Grady Tate singing Suicide Is Painless, the theme to M*A*S*H... Here's trumpeter Kenny Dorham singing Angel Eyes... And here's ...

Five Videos: Duke Ellington

Five Videos: Duke Ellington

The rise of swing and jazz's sophisticated elegance starts with Duke Ellington. His first recordings were with Wilbur Sweatman and His Acme Syncopators in August 1924. His first leadership 78 was recorded in November of that year, billed as the Washingtonians. His first Columbia recording came in March 1927, with East St. Louis Toodle-oo, Hop Head and Down in Our Alle Blues. From there, he would go on to compose beautiful jazz songs and change the direction of the music, ...

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Like many Latin legends—including Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Carlos “Patato" Valdés, Ray Barretto, Candido, Carlos Vidal and others—Poncho Sanchez is a percussionist. Born in Laredo, Texas, Sanchez has been a leading conga player and bandleader for decades. His big break came in 1975, when vibraphonist Cal Tjader hired him for his band. Before he died in 1982, Tjader urged Concord Records to sign Sanchez. The label took Tjader's advice, and Sanchez has recorded 27 albums for Concord over the past ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Artemis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Artemis

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring members of Artemis, the all-star, all-woman band who are coming to St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, October 9 through Sunday, October 13 at Jazz St. Louis. Named for the Greek goddess of wilderness and the hunt, Artemis was convened by pianist Renee Rosnes and features musicians originally from the US, Canada, Israel, Chile, and Japan, including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road

The Beatles: Abbey Road

Abbey Road was the last Beatles album on which all four members recorded together. By the time they gathered to work on their 11th studio album at the Abbey Road Studios between February and August 1969, they had done it all, seen it all and owned virtually everything they ever wanted. In fact, they had become so famous they were detached from the culture they helped start back in '64. Giving up touring in 1966 to become studio cobblers, the ...

New Videos: Oscar Peterson

New Videos: Oscar Peterson

Last week, Mattias Nilsson in Sweden sent along four links to new videos of pianist Oscar Peterson in action on TV in Sweden, Canada and the U.S. The Dick Cavett Show appearance has been featured at JazzWax, but this is a fresh print with better sound. Here's OP putting on a spectacular show... Here's Oscar Peterson in Sweden in the mid-1960s with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, interviewed by bassist Simon Brehm. Also featured are Woody Herman; tenor ...

Jimmy Heath: Holland, 2012

Jimmy Heath: Holland, 2012

A mysterious CD arrived a couple of weeks ago from a reader. The album's title is The Voice of the Saxophone, featuring the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw of the Netherlands, conducted by Henk Meutgeert and featuring solos by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath. That's all the information that came with the CD, and the sender said that's about all he knows about it. So I had to roll up my sleeves and look around, since the album isn't listed even ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ben LaMar Gay

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ben LaMar Gay

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay, who's coming to St. Louis to perform in a concert presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, October 5 at Off Broadway. While Gay has been working in Chicago's busy improvised music scene for a while, he gained a new level of national recognition in 2018 with the release of Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun, his first “official" album as a solo artist. ...

Robbie Robertson. Ringo Starr Play ‘The Weight’ With Musicians On Five Continents [VIDEO]

Robbie Robertson. Ringo Starr Play ‘The Weight’ With Musicians On Five Continents [VIDEO]

Robbie Robertson, the co-founder of The Band and Ringo Starr have joined forces with Playing For Change, a grassroots multimedia music project dedicated to “inspiring and connecting the world through music,” for an epic, global rendition of The Bands' song “The Weight.” Born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of “inspiration and the heartbeat of the people,” the ...


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