Woody Shaw Live
A killer performance of drummer Victor Lewis’s brilliant “Seventh Avenue” written in 7/4 and dedicated to the Village Vanguard and complete with the sound of the car horns on Seventh Avenue. The band is Woody Shaw, Carter Jefferson, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Stafford James and Victor Lewis at the 1979 Antibes/Juan-Les-Pins Festival in Southern France.View Video
Art Blakey All-Star Big Band with Woody Shaw
Oh, man, it’s great seeing this. This is from the second Mt. Fuji Blue Note Jazz Festival. Every time we had Art Blakey at the festival, I’d assemble a big band around him to close the three-day festival. Looking at Art, swinging like hell, connecting with the musicians and with the audience — what an amazing man. Woody Shaw is in magnificent form here. That’s Bobby Watson taking the alto breaks, and, of course, Herbie Hancock on piano, He and Woody are locked in on this. Cool to see young musicians in and among veterans like Grachan Moncur and James Spaulding.
-Michael CuscunaView Video
Terence Blanchard: Woody Shaw took the trumpet into a whole new direction.
Terence Blanchard is a stunning musician as a trumpeter, bandleader and film composer. I remember when he first came to New York in the early ‘80s working with Blakey. It was obvious that he’d been listening to and absorbing the innovation of Woody Shaw. That’s how we first met, and we remain friends and often co-workers. A wonderful tribute to Woody.
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It Was An Experience To Behold: Woody Shaw Locks In With Victor Lewis
This 1979 live version of “On Green Dolphin Street” is an absolute killer for Woody Shaw’s phenomenal fluegelhorn solo. Listen to how drummer Victor Lewis drives and colors Woody’s playing. They locked up like that tune after tune, night after night for years. – Michael CuscunaView Video