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Videos: Mulligan and Brookmeyer

Videos: Mulligan and Brookmeyer

The original Gerry Mulligan Quartet had its charms. Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Chet Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums had a breezy, contrapuntal sound laced with innocence and coy harmony. But the meatier group with a swing passing gear was Mulligan's quartet with Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey on drums—and his sextet with John Eardley or Don Ferrara on trumpet and Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone added. ...

Artie Shaw: Love of My Life

Artie Shaw: Love of My Life

Artie Shaw's first feature-length film was Second Chorus, in 1940. By then, the 30-year-old clarinetist was earning up to $60,000 a week ($1.1 million in today's dollars), becoming the best-paid and most celebrated music star of the swing era. That same year, he recorded his massive hit Frenesi with a pickup orchestra, married actress Lana Turner and appeared on the radio regularly behind George Burns and Gracie Allen (they each made $5,000 a week). Shaw formed a new band in ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Fred Frith

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Fred Frith

This week, let's have a look at some videos featuring guitarist Fred Frith, who's coming to St. Louis to perform in a concert presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, December 14 at Joe's Cafe. While he's in town, he also will present a free master class on Sunday, December 15 at the 14th St. Artists Collective in north St. Louis. Fred Frith, who turned 70 this year, was born in Sussex, England and first came to wide attention in ...

Video: Stan Getz in Munich

Video: Stan Getz in Munich

On July 18, 1990, Stan Getz performed at the Munich Philharmonic Hall in Germany. Though the YouTube upload describes this as Getz's last concert, it wasn't. The tenor saxophonist was recorded live at the Montmartre Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 3,4, 5 and 6, 1991. Getz died June 6 of that year. He was 64. [Image of Stan Getz above from YouTube] Here's 1 hour and 45 minutes of Getz in concert in Munich with Kenny Barron on piano, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Alicia Olatuja's "Intuition"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Alicia Olatuja's "Intuition"

This week, it's time to take a look at some videos featuring singer and St. Louis native Alicia Olatuja, who's coming back home to perform starting Wednesday, December 4 though Sunday, December 8 at Jazz St. Louis. Having played the Bistro previously as a guest artist with both drummer Ulysses Owens Jr and harmonica player Grégoire Maret, this will be Olatuja's second time headlining her own shows at the venue. You can read more of her back story and watch ...

Jazz for the Fireplace

Jazz for the Fireplace

With Thanksgiving coming next Thursday and the December holidays just around the corner, you'll likely find yourself in front of a fireplace or cooking for friends in the coming weeks. Or simply unwinding by yourself. To make those evenings extra cozy, here are 10 jazz albums that are hip and remarkably soothing. Here are album titles and sample tracks: Bill Evans — From Left to Right (Verve) here... Paul Desmond and Jim Hall — Bossa Antigua (RCA) here... Tommy Flanagan ...


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