In the Groove

Eddie Harris

eddie-harrisMonday was the 80th anniversary of the birth of tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris.  He had a lot of success (including a hit recording of “Exodus,” the first jazz recording to be certified gold, and of course including the album Swiss Movement with Les McCann) and he had a career with many ups and downs.

ITG is spotlighting a few of his recordings this week, and here are some clips from that classic Montreux Jazz Festival performance in 1969.  If nothing else, check out the video below of comments by songwriter Eugene McDaniels.  He’s a charmer.

Abdullah Ibrahim’s 80th Birthday

Here are a couple of clips from an interview which Abdullah Ibrahim gave before next week’s Carnegie Hall concert “UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa.”
In the second hour of In The Groove this week we listen to a few of Ibrahim’s pieces, including the first selection, “Dollar’s Dance,” which is on his 1963 recording Duke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio.
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Bouncing With Bud

Bud_PowellHere are some rather rare videos of Bud Powell in performance.  There is also a clip of Sonny Rollins remembering the seminal bop composer and pianist. The 90th anniversary of Bud Powell‘s birth is Saturday.  “Bouncing With Bud” and other selections are heard on “In The Groove” this week.  Also on the show, selections by Sonny Rollins, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Grant Green, Ct. Basie, and Mary Stallings.