Bill Evans’ 85th birth date was August 16th. Doug Ramsey on his Rifftides blog remembers “the most influential jazz pianist of the second half of the twentieth century” and includes a video of an appearance at Umbria Jazz in Italy in 1978. Here’s an additional video (on “Jazz 225″ with host Humphrey Lyttelton) of a beautiful concert with Chuck Israels and Larry Bunker. (photo: C’est Sá)
Pat Martino made a remarkable recovery following his 1980 surgery because of a brain aneurysm.
The fascinating story of his almost complete loss of memory and the road back to a virtuosic career is told in the biography page of his website. A couple of the videos below are from those days. I’ve also included a more recent exciting performance.
Pat Martino’s 70th birthday is on Monday. We listen to some selections by Martino on the show this week.
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This week the high spirited music and exuberant antics of Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart together–and not together–are featured in movie and video clips. We listen to a couple of selections on the show as well.