Jazz Tracks

McCoy Tyner Trio feat. Gary Bartz , Performing ‘Fly with the Wind’

Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins 1950

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Louis Armstrong – Basin Street Blues – 1964

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I think the personell in the video is as follows:
Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Moore, Russell “Big Chief” (Trombone)
Darensbourg, Joe (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Barcelona, Danny (Drums)

Louis Armstrong(August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971),[2] nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Pat Metheny & Joshua Redman “Wish” Quartet – Turnaround (Live by The Sea 1997)

Pat Metheny & Joshua Redman \”Wish\” Quartet – Turnaround (Live by The Sea 1997)

Life and career

Redman was born in Berkeley, California to jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. His father was African American and his mother was Jewish.  He was exposed to many kinds of music at the Center for World Music in Berkeley, where his mother studied South Indian dance. Some of his earliest lessons in music and improvisation were on recorder with gamelan player Jody Diamond. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later.

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Thomas “Fats” Waller bio and Video “Your Feet’s Too Big”

Thomas “Fats” Waller was so universally loved, even the young Beatles auditioned with Decca Records by recording Fat’s Waller tune, “Your Feet’s Too Big”

View the hilarious film of Fats singing, by clicking here>>>> Your Feet\’s Too Big

Waller’s touch varied, and he was a master of dynamics and tension and release. He played with many performers, from Nat Shilkret (on Victor 21298-A) and Gene Austin to Erskine Tate to Adelaide Hall, but his greatest success came with his own five- or six-piece combo, “Fats Waller and his Rhythm”.

His playing once put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving a performance in 1926. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by gangster Al Capone. Fats was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the “surprise guest” at Al Capone’s birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters didn’t intend to kill him. According to rumor, Waller played for three days. When he left the Hawthorne Inn, he was very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.

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Don Redman & His Orchestra with Red & Struggie (1934)

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Don Redman:

originator of the Big Band Swing sound

Donald Matthew Redman (July 29, 1900 – November 30, 1964) was an American jazz musician, arranger, bandleader and composer.

Redman was announced as a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on May 6, 2009.

Redman was born in Piedmont, West Virginia. His father was a music teacher, his mother was a singer. Don began playing the trumpet at the age of 3, joined his first band at 6 and by age 12 he was proficient on all wind instruments ranging from trumpet to oboe as well as piano. He studied at Storer’s College [He was the first African American to have a bachelors degree in music and played 28 instruments] in Harper’s Ferry and at the Boston Conservatory, then joined 

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Sonny Rollins bio and Video playing “Oleo”

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Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is a Grammy Award-winning American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazzmusicians. A number of his compositions, including “St. Thomas“, “Oleo“, “Doxy“, and “Airegin“, have become jazz standards.

Early Life and Career

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Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra play Cherokee

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Charles Daly Barnet (October 26, 1913 – September 4, 1991) was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

His major recordings were “Skyliner”, “Cherokee“, “The Wrong Idea”, “Scotch and Soda”, “In a Mizz”, and “Southland Shuffle”.

Barnet attended various boarding schools, both in the New York and Chicago areas. He learned to play piano and saxophone as a child. He often left school to listen to music and to try to gain work as a musician.[2]Charlie Barnet was born in New York City. His parents divorced when he was two, and he was raised by his mother and her grandparents. His grandfather was Charles Frederick Daly, a vice-president for the New York Central Railroad, banker, and businessman.

Although he began his recording career in October 1933, Charlie Barnet was at the height of his popularity between 1939 and 1941, a period that began with his hit version of “Cherokee“, written by Ray Noble and arranged by Billy May. In 1944, Barnet had another big hit with “Skyliner”. In 1947, he started to switch from swing music to bebop. During his swing period his band included Buddy DeFrancoRoy EldridgeNeal HeftiLena HorneBarney KesselDodo MarmorosaOscar Pettiford, and Art House, while later versions of the band included Maynard FergusonDoc Severinsen, and Clark Terry. Trumpeter Billy May was an arranger in the Charlie Barnet Orchestra before joining Glenn Miller in 1940.


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Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross bio and video

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The group formed in 1957 and recorded their first album Sing a Song of Basie for Paramount Records. The album featured versions of Count Basie standards and was successful enough that the Count Basie Orchestra collaborated with them on Sing Along With Basie (1959), which was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

Beginning in 1959, the trio recorded three LPs with Columbia Records. They recorded a version of Ross’ 1952 song “Twisted“, featuring her lyrics set to a Wardell Gray melody. Their High Flying won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group in 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

Annie Ross left the group in 1962, replaced by vocalist Yolande Bavan. The renamed Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan made three live albums before disbanding in 1964. Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan appeared at the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, and their performance of “Comin’ Home” and “Moanin’” can be seen in Buddy Bregman‘s film The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival.

The group was also known as Lambert, Hendricks and Moss when Canadian jazz singer Anne Marie Moss briefly replaced Annie Ross.[1]

Any hopes of a reunion of the original trio ended with Lambert’s death in a road accident in Connecticut in 1966.

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