Buddy Tate Birthday: February 22, 1913br/Most Valuable Player- From Basie To Swingin’ Jams
Name any genre of jazz, any regional scene, any stylistic pocket and you’ll find a few recognized giants and a whole lot of exceptionally talented road warriors who contributed mightily to the music without proper historic or financial due. Buddy Tate, a masterful, hard swinging Texas tenor saxophonist, who logged five decades on the international jazz stage is a perfect example. Nic Jones’s essay for the Jazz Institute Of Chicago touches on some of his contributions.
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Buddy Tate: Born To Swing
This section of the documentary “Born To Swing” spotlights Buddy Tate, the man who took over Herschel Evans’s chair in the Basie band. If Evans begat Tate, Buddy begat Illinois Jacquet who begat Don Wilkerson and so the jazz legacy goes.View Video
Christian McBride: bass roots in Philly
An extended interview with bassist Christian McBride: his roots in Philadelphia, the hot house for so many jazz greats, and the musical cross pollination that produced a bassist who seems to be in so many places that count.Read More
International Jazz Day 2013 Slated for April 30 in Turkey
Turkey will host The second annual International Jazz Day, as declared by UNESCO, in Istanbul on April 30. UNESCO good-will ambassador and Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute chair Herbie Hancock is spearheading the proceedings, which will honor Turkey’s role in jazz.Read More
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.
-Michael CuscunaView Video
What was emyour/em first jazz record?
This is a great series from Jerry Jazz Musician — asking artists like Sheila Jordan, Phil Woods, David Fathead Newman etc. to comment on the first jazz record they ever bought.Read More
The Voice of Sigmund Freud: The Only Known Recording
We’re used to seeking out every known morsel of recorded work by Ellington, Basie and Lester Young from the late 1930s; yet 1938 was also notable for the only known recording of the voice of Sigmund Freud, captured by the BBC several months after his escape from Nazi-occupied Austria. Listen this brief clip of another individual of unquestionable influence from this fertile cultural period.Read More
Brilliant Performance By Randy Weston
Wow, this is one hell of a performance from 2009 by Randy Weston on Columbia University’s Jazz Studies Online. He creates a portrait of his friend and mentor Thelonious Monk by weaving fragments of Monk’s compositions into a brilliant, flowing Randy Weston improvisation. This is quite spectacular.
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Terri Lyne Carrington Listening to Drummers
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has covered a lot of territory, including stints with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, television bands she has fronted and as a professor at Berklee. She shares a lot of insight into her art and profession in this Jazz Times listening session loaded with drummers.Read More
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A rare Lucky Thompson sighting. This video from December 1959 at the Blue Note Club in Paris features the extraordinary tenor saxophonist and guitarist Jimmy Gourley with Bud Powell’s trio (with Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke).View Video