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Count Basie: Europe, 1972

Count Basie: Europe, 1972

In the spring of 1972, the Count Basie Orchestra was touring in Europe. Two concerts were filmed, possibly for TV, and are up as one at YouTube. The first took place in Denmark. As best I can tell, the band featured Paul Cohen, Sonny Cohn, George Minger and Waymon Reed (tp); Al Grey, Mel Wanzo, Bill ...

Euro Jazz Vocal Groups

Euro Jazz Vocal Groups

Most jazz fans are familiar with leading American jazz vocal groups of the late 1950s and early '60s. These hip harmony-rich ensembles included the Four Freshmen, the Hi-Lo's, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, the Axidentals, the Pat Moran Quartet, the John Lasalle Quartet, the Metronomes and so many others. But did you know there were vocalese groups ...

Stan Freberg: Clever Comedy

Stan Freberg: Clever Comedy

Stan Freberg was many things. Dull wasn't one of them. He was an advertising copywriter and creative director, voice actor, radio personality, singer and comedian. He also was the father of the send-up single and funny TV advertisement. Freberg, who died in 2015, also loved jazz, as many fans know from Three Little Bops, the 1957 ...

Dave Brubeck, Gone Four Years

Dave Brubeck, Gone Four Years

This is the fourth anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s death at age 91. Under the heading, “Always remembered, never forgotten,” John Bolger sent a message that included this photograph of Brubeck as listeners remember him from countless occasions—fully committed. Here he is in 1964 in Belgium with the group long known as the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet. ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

This week, let's check out some recent performances from saxophonist and vocalist Karl Denson, who with his band Tiny Universe is coming back to St. Louis next week for the first time since 2010 to perform on Saturday, December 10 at the Old Rock House. That relatively long absence may be attributed in part to the ...

Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos

Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos

Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) had a big, full, bossy sound on the tenor saxophone—less sassy than, say, Gene Ammons, but smokier with a strong, soulful attack. He was at his best when paired with pianist Horace Parlan or his wife, organist Shirley Scott. In the following three videos, we get a sense of Turrentine's soul-jazz feel and ...

Video: Jimmy Giuffre Trio

Video: Jimmy Giuffre Trio

From 1957 to 1959, reed player Jimmy Giuffre led a revolutionary trio. It featured Giuffre on clarinet, tenor sax and baritone sax; guitarist Jim Hall; and a series of bass players, including Ralph Peña, Jim Atlas, Red Mitchell, Ray Brown and Wilfred Middlebrooks. Even Bob Brookmeyer took a turn at the piano and valve trombone. What ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Tomeka Reid

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Tomeka Reid

This week, let's get acquainted via video with the jny: Chicago-based cellist and composer Tomeka Reid, who will perform in a concert presented by New Music Circle next Friday, December 3 at Joe's Cafe. Reid, who grew up in Maryland near Washington DC and is now in her late 30s, is an active participant in Chicago's ...

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves "Brooklyn Elegy" Strike Again With New Video!

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves  "Brooklyn Elegy"  Strike Again With New Video!

New music video supporting their latest release Brooklyn Elegy. The Jazz Thieves, through personal and evocative lyrics, passionate and soulful improvisation, and thoughtful, wide-ranging originals revitalize jazz by reconnecting it to its roots. Inspired by their heroes Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Ray Charles, they “steal" the feel, fire and fervor of 70's soul, ...

Lifting Thanksgiving Spirits

Lifting Thanksgiving Spirits

In past years on Thanksgiving, I provided you with a dinner menu of sorts using the titles of jazz songs. This year, it appears the Washington Post liked the concept so much they used it themselves across multiple music genres. No worries. Time to switch holiday-themed posts anyway. So I've decided to boost your spirits with ...


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