In the Groove

Tenor Saxophonist Teddy Edwards

TeddyEdwardsThis Saturday is the 90th birthday anniversary of Teddy Edwards, a mainstay of the L.A. jazz scene for over 50 years.  Below are some clips of Edwards in performance.

NY Times: “While working with the trumpeter Howard McGhee, he switched from alto to tenor and on a 1946 record called ”Up in Dodo’s Room,” he played what jazz historians have called the first solo on that instrument in the complex new bebop style. He was soon performing regularly on Central Avenue, the booming jazz strip in Los Angeles, and recording frequently as a leader.”

Some Great Jazz Sites

There’s a new site in the “Suggested Links” which you can find at the bottom right column of this blog.  It is one of the best: Mosaic Records Daily Jazz GazetteMichael CuscunaScott Wenzel, and others, keep it fresh with video discoveries, observations, and links to other sites.

There are recent posts on Ct. Basie, Anthony Braxton, Sidney Bechet, Billy Cobham, and Pee Wee Russell.  Check out the one on Herbie Hancock’s historic Norton lectures at Harvard University.

Here’s an unusual video which was on the Jazz Gazette today in honor of next Tuesday’s Earth Day: The Voice of Dizzy Gillespie Speaks Out on Nuclear War.

Alan Mertens, co-host of Thursday Evening’s KUSP’s Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, recently pointed me to another blog, The Jazz Man, from Melbourne.  Among other things it looks at “some of the more amusing, amazing, unusual, sad, entertaining, tragic and often bizarre events that were part of the lives of some of the prominent men and women from the unique world of Jazz.”  Interesting.

Ben Webster’s “Triumphant Last Harrah”

maxresdefaultHere’s the complete 1972 Ben Webster/Oscar Peterson Trio concert in Hanover.  Critic Nicolas Pillai calls it “a triumphant last hurrah for the saxophonist.”  A new CD/DVD of the performance titled During This Time is just out.   On “In The Groove” this week we hear Poutin’, the opening selection of the CD. (Ben Webster photo from a YouTube video of the concert)

Nat King Cole Trio – From Film Jukebox Era

SentimentalReasons_TrioPRSoundies were three-minute musical films which were displayed on a “Panoram,” a coin-operated film jukebox, in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges, and amusement centers.

I’ve hunted up a number of swell rare “soundies” and other clips of the Nat King Cole Trio from the 40′s.

We listen to the trio on the show this week–plus selections by Jacky TerrassonRené Marie (Kuumbwa Jazz this Monday), the late Frank Wess, Johnny Hodges, George Benson, and by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

There will be a selection by Billy Taylor, the pianist/educator, and by Billy Taylor, the bassist, as well.

It’s hard to leave any out!  There’s an hour plus collection of their soundies here.