Lockjaw and Zoot in France, 1975


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Imagine a concert with Dorothy Donegan on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass and Panama Francis on drums. Then add tenor saxophonists Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Zoot Sims and trumpeter Harry “Sweets" Edison in the front line. On July 19, 1975, that's exactly what happened at the Nice Jazz Festival, held at Arènes de Cimiez, a Roman amphitheater. Of the three songs taped for French TV, Out of Nowhere is particularly special, with extraordinary solos all around, including a rare muteless one by Edison.

Here's the group in 1975 playing The Man I Love, Out of Nowhere and Blues for Nice...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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