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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John Coltrane’s Neighborhood: Philadelphia as Post-War Jazz Capital
All About Jazz is hosting a series of articles about the Philadelphia where John Coltrane spent his formative years. And not just Coltrane: the Heath Brothers, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Philly Joe Jones, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan and Reggie Workman, among many others. In this article, Rob Armstrong revisits the Philadelphia local culture that, as Odean Pope asserts, harbored the most important US jazz scene between World War II and the mid 1960s.Read More
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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