Complainin' Bob Cats 1951 I had never heard this tune before and it looks and sounds as a piece especially written for pianist Jess Stacy. Stacy was the pianist who did the famous piano solo in the recording of Sing Sing Sing in Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert in January 1938 The 1935-1942 period was Crosby's heyday, with his band featuring such classic soloists as Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Eddie Miller, Matty Matlock, Irving Fazola, Joe Sullivan, Bob Zurke, Jess Stacy, and Muggsy Spanier. During an era when swing was the thing and New Orleans jazz was considered by many to be ancient history, Crosby's crew led the way to the eventual New Orleans revival. Such classic recordings as "South Rampart Street Parade" and "What's New" (both composed by bassist Bob Haggart) along with the many Dixieland stomps kept the band quite popular. The orchestra broke up in late 1942, At times the Bob Cats were together again in different personnel settings. In these film clips 1951 bassist Bob Haggart organized a session that consisted out of the following musicians: Billy Butterfield trumpet, Matty Matlock clarinet, Eddie Miller tenor sax, Warren smith trombone, Jess Stacy piano, Nappy Lamare guitar, Bob Haggart bass and Ray Bauduc drums
Love Will Find a Way Blake Eubie 1978 Eubie Blake, ragtime composer and performer, was born on February 7,1883 in Baltimore, Md. At the age of four or five, Blake began playing his family's pump organ. Noticing his interest in music, Blake's parents signed him up for piano lessons with a neighborhood teacher. In 1898, at the age of 15, Blake became interested in ragtime, to his mother's dismay. Against her wishes and without her knowing, he began his professional music career by playing ragtime piano in Baltimore brothels, honky tonks and bars. He later played in clubs and saloons. Blake's work led him to meet the major musicians of the time. One of whom, Noble Sissle, would later become his partner. The pair met in 1915. Sissle joined Blake's band as a singer. Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake created a vaudeville act, the Dixie Duo. They wrote songs and performed. Sophie Tucker sang their first song, "It's All Your Fault," and the song became an instant hit. Then Blake and Sissle teamed up with another duo to create Shuffle Along. The Broadway all-star cast included Josephine Baker, Florence Mills and Paul Robeson. Many of Blake's most famous songs come from Shuffle Along including "Love Will Find a Way". The play was so popular that in 1921 it was being performed by three different touring companies. Then, as the popularity of ragtime faded, Eubie Blake took a twenty-three year break from show business. In 1969, at the age of 56 he returned. Blake toured the world playing piano and giving lectures on ragtime music. He made an album called The Fifty-six Years of Blake and he formed his own company. Just over one hundred years after his life began, on February 12, 1983, Eubie Blake died in Brooklyn, New York. Here Eubie Blake, at 95, is featured during a Peter Appleyard show and plays his former hit "Love Will Find a Way"
St Louis Blues Brubeck Dave 1961 Dave Brubeck born in 1920 is one of the most well-known jazz pianists of all time. The classic Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond's liquid alto saxophone lasted for 17 years, during which time they produced the first ever million-selling jazz tune (Take Five), toured the world many times, and introduced enormous numbers of people to the jazz sound. The two other members of the quartet were Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums. On one of their tours they visited the Netherlands in 1961 where they recorded the St. Louis Blues
Goodbye Peterson Oscar 1961? Having little background on the particular circumstances of this recording it definitely defines Oscar Peterson's extreme skills superior to virtually any jazz pianist in the history of jazz. Oscar's hero was Art Tatum and one can hear a quite a bit of Tatumesque sounding runs. I have listened to a lot of Tatum's recordings and after a while his magic runs to me seem to become somewhat repetitive. I don't feel that way with Oscar's. This track came from a European collector and seems to be recorded in the early sixties in Holland. Ray Brown on bass, and I believe Ed Thigpen on drums.
My Silent Love Garner Errol 1962 Errol , just turned 41, is seen and heard here in a performance in Amsterdam in 1962. Together with drummer Kelly Martin and bassist Eddy Calhoun they bring you My Silent Love. It is amazing to see, where obviously Errol plays an improvised intro, the bassist watches in anticipation when the great man will come in with the chorus. Errol , after playing about a minute of introduction just turns and smiles , then suddenly with a definite nod, the band picks up and sets in one of these perfect tempos. What a performer! Born in 1921 he was a self-taught pianist who never learned to read music, Erroll Garner was nevertheless one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s. His swinging piano and gift for melody kept him on the top of the charts, and his most memorable tune, "Misty" was a pop hit for many different artists between 1959 and 1975
Where or When Garner Erroll 1962 Born in 1921 he was a self-taught pianist who never learned to read music, Erroll Garner was nevertheless one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s. His swinging piano and gift for melody kept him on the top of the charts, and his most memorable tune, "Misty" was a pop hit for many different artists between 1959 and 1975 Erroll, just turned 41, is seen and heard here in a performance in Amsterdam in 1962. Together with drummer Kelly Martin and bassist Eddy Cowly they bring you Where or When. You'll notice how Erroll focusses a lot on his audience, obviously he enjoys himself and appears very inspired.
Take Five Brubeck Dave Quartet 1961 This clip came from a collector in the Netherlands who taped it from a Dutch jazz TV show in 1961. Dave Brubeck's Quartet plays it's most famous tune called Take Five recorded in Holland. A different version thus. The very knowledgeable TV host explained that Take Five was composed by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. Paul got the idea when he was in Turkey and heard the local musicians jam in 9/8 to a bar format. He discussed this concept with Dave Brubeck and the tune Take Five was created . Paul and Dave at that time never realized this tune would sell in the millions. On the original recording the famous drumsolo appears to be somewhat longer than the one done here by Joe Morello.
Rhythm-a-ning Monk Thelonious 1961 Another clip from a film recorded in the sixties and found in the archives of the Dutch broadcasting company. What else is buried in there and might show up at some time. A collector in Holland taped this from a jazz show of recordings done mainly in the late fifties or early sixties. The Thelonnious Monk quartet plays Rhythm-a-ning in 1961 with Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Ore on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917 -- 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. He is known for his unique improvisational style and many contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including his classic works "'Round Midnight" and "Blue Monk". Monk is often regarded as a founder of bebop although his playing style evolved away from the form. His compositions and improvisations often highlight rhythmic and spatial relationships rather than melody.Monk's manner was idiosyncratic. Visually, he was renowned for his distinctively "hip" sartorial style in suits, hats and sunglasses, and he developed an unusual, highly syncopated and percussive manner of playing piano. He was also noted for the fact that at times he would stop playing, stand up from the keyboard and dance in a counterclockwise fashion, while the other musicians in the combo played. It is said that he would rarely speak to anyone other than his beloved wife Nellie, and certainly in later years it was reported that he would go through an entire tour without speaking to the other members of his group. There has been speculation that some of Monk's quirky behaviour was due to mental illness. As his health declined, his last years were spent as a guest in the New Jersey home of his long-standing patron, Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter, who had also nursed Charlie Parker during his final illness. He died of a stroke on February 17, 1982
Gal in Gallico A Peterson Oscar 1958 A friend from Austria has just send me a series of films from his jazz films collection. Although this clip is of a somewhat lesser picture quality it appears it came from a Dutch TV broadcast. It also looks like it was recorded in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown play "A Gal in Gallico". No further comments needed. Just listen to this combination of brilliant musicians!
Man I Love, the Peterson Oscar 1962 Looks like the start of the gig. Oscar turns his pianostoel down to the right height, Ray Brown brings his bass onto the stage. They don't wait long. Ray is still toweling his bass strings, and Oscar starts with an intro, a few seconds of fine-tuning the bass and off they go in "The Man I love" From the initials on the bass drums I assume the drummer is Kenny Clarke. This was recorded somewhere in Italy in 1961.
St Louis Blues Hines Earl 1949 During a performance of a Louis Armstrong concert somewhere in France in 1949 pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines is being featured in the St. Louis Blues. Backing him up are Arvell Shaw on bass and Cozy Cole on drums. Hines played a single tremble on same notes with the right hand while his left hand would play through the necessary chord changes. In later years this became one of his trade marks.
All there is? Tatum Art 1943 This is the only video I have of pianist Art Tatum. Probably recorded around 1943 in New York. Arthur Tatum Jr. (1909 -- 1956) was an American jazz pianist. Art Tatum was known for his virtuosic piano playing and creative improvisation. Tatum was widely recognized among his colleagues as the most gifted jazz pianist alive. To many, he was one of the greatest pianists of any musical genre, and arguably one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Critic Scott Yanow declares that "Tatum's recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists
Your Feet's Too Big Jones Hank 1977 Peter Appleyard in one of his shows from Toronto in 1977 introduces a performance of pianist Hank Jones. Hank plays a Fats Waller composition. "Your Feet's too Big" was recorded by Fats Waller and his Rhythm in 1939. Hank was part of the production of a New York show about Fats Waller called "Ain't misbehavin" With him in the trio are Slam Stewart on bass, and local musicians Bill Richard guitar and Claude Ranger drums
When you're Smiling Donegan Dorothy 1987 I just received this clip from a friend in Paris, France. This is a recording from a concert by pianist Dorothy Donegan in Montreux, Switzerland in 1987. Unfortunately I have to admit I'd never heard of Ms. Donegan. Totally stunned when I saw her perform. She plays with incredible skill, energy and intensity, almost to be compared with Art Tatum's playing. It also sounds she was influenced by Earl Hines and she certainly belongs to the top club of jazz piano players. I checked on the internet to find out a bit more about her and like to share with you this excellent article by Wilma Dobie. http://www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=920665948 The bassplayer is Major Holly and the drummer Oliver Jackson
Blues in Bb Peterson Oscar/Roy Eldridge 1961 At a concert in Italy in 1961 Oscar Peterson and his trio with Herb Ellis gtr, Ray Brown bass, Ed Thigpen drums feature trumpet player Roy Eldridge in a simple arrangement on a Bb blues pattern. Known for his dazzling improvisational skills and intensely competitive nature, Roy Eldridge is generally regarded as a key instrumentalist of the swing era. His extroverted, virtuoso style influenced a generation of swing trumpeters and paved the way for many bebop innovators including Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Dexter Gordon.
Basie's Boogie Basie Count 1959 From a rather worn VHS tape I found a film of Count Basie and his Orchestra playing In Zurich Switzerland in 1959. The picture quality is awful, but the music comes through very well and gives a clear idea of the strength of Basie's rhythm group.
Avalon Kaper Bob/Teddy Wilson 1976 A dream must have come through. Clarinettist Bob Kaper who joined the Dutch Swing College Band in 1966 was always a great admirer of Benny Goodman. He even had his own swing quintet next to being a member of the busy D.S.C. When American pianist Teddy Wilson, who had played with Goodman since the mid thirties and had helped making Benny's small group world famous, came to Holland to perform with the D.S.C. in 1976 I can imagine this to have been a thrill for Bob . Several LP's were made, but I think this is the only film (made in Austria) of the D.S.C in concert with Teddy Wilson. Bob Kaper is doing a fantastic job on one of Benny's standards. It should be noted that the rhythm group with Jaap van Kempen on guitar, Henk Bosch van Drakensteyn on bass and Huub Janssen on drums do superb support. I consider Huub by far the best drummer in Europe.