Lee Morgan Performance
This is a beautiful performance of Benny Golson’s “I Remember Clifford” by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Lee Morgan and Golson. This is probably from a November 1958 European tour.View Video
Shirley Scott on Piano Jazz
A very cool 1992 conversation between Marian McPartland and Shirley Scott, using words and pianos. Shirley was the queen of the organ with historic work in the ‘60s with Eddie Lockjaw Davis and then husband Stanley Turrentine. A wonderful sweet person and a kick-ass musician.
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Jimmy Smith Trio on Jazz Scene USA
Jazz Scene U.S.A. was a short-lived syndicated television show shot in Los Angeles in the early ‘60s and hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr. This episode is given over to the Jimmy Smith trio with Quentin Warren and Donald Bailey. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this amazing musician live, enjoy this.
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Straight from Germany: John Scofield Trio
Hot (and we mean hot) on the heels of the interview the Daily Jazz Gazette just posted with guitarist John Scofield, comes this fresh video clip of Scofield’s trio, with organist Larry Goldings and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, recorded March 18 in Aschaffenburg. Thanks to Larry Goldings for the tip.View Video
Joey DeFrancesco Burns in Java
Hope you listened to our post on the Gazette when fellow Philadephian Christian McBride talked at length about a local legend — organist Joey DeFrancesco. We offer this video, from the 2012 Java Jazz festival, in support of what the Joey DeFrancesco legend is all about.View Video
Healthy Dose of B3: Jimmy Smith’s Hammond Organ Plus Three
This is a killer set by Hammond B3 genius Jimmy Smith from Leonberg, Germany in 1988, shot by one of the best of the German state-owned television operations, ZDF. The real treat with this edition of the Smith quartet is the presence and soulful playing of LA tenor saxophonist Herman Riley. a very overlooked talent.
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Soul Jazz: the Tasty Ingredients
So-called soul jazz brought the audience back to this music in the mid fifties and its universal appeal has remained an important musical and commercial element in jazz every since. One could quibble with the selection of the five examples offered here on this NPR take five feature, but it’s all great in-the-pocket music. It’s ironic and telling that the most soulful piece of these five is “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” written and played by an Austrian immigrant, Joe Zawinul.
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