In the Groove

Celebrating Kenny Dorham


Saturday was the 90th anniversary of the trumpeter Kenny Dorham. In the 50′s he recorded with Charlie Parker, Theloneous Monk, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins, and was a member of Horace Silver and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.  Later he wrote “Blue Bossa,” a piece that became a jazz standard.  In the late 50′s and early 60′s he recorded some notable albums as a leader including Quiet Kenny and for the Blue Note label Whistle Stop, and Una Mas. We’ll hear some highlights from these albums on “In The Groove” this week.

There’s not a lot of video of Dorham but, beside a 1963 performance in Stockholm, I was delighted to discover a 1966 Newport showcase for trumpeters that also includes Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, and Howard McGhee. Below those videos is a good Bret Primack produced interview of  Sonny Rollins and Dan Morgenstern discussing  the influence of Kenny Dorham.

Doug Ramsey on Bill Evans

BillEvansBill 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’s 70th Birthday


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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