Dec 30


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Denzil Best”s "Move" played by the George Shearing Quintet in 1950 -

George Shearing (p)
Joe Roland (vib)
Chuck Wayne (g)
John Levy (b)
Denzil Best (ds)

Dec 24

Season’s Greetings!

Here’s a video of the great Charles Brown singing “Merry Christmas, Baby" [h/t Tom Reney/Jazz à la Mode” at WFCR, Amherst].

Dec 23

Bob Brookmeyer, R.I.P.

This week Alan Mertens on KUSP’s Things Ain’t What They Used To Be features a tribute to Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombonist, bandleader, arranger, and educator, who passed away recently at age 81. It is (as usual) a wonderful show; you can listen to the entire show online (one of KUSP’s one week music show archives).

Also, here is the first of a five part interview with Brookmeyer by Marc Myers on Jazz Wax. Here, here, and here (this last includes an episode of NPR’s Jazz Profile dedicated to Brookmeyer) are some obits. Brookmeyer’s own website also includes information on his recent release, Standards. [photo: David Gross]

Good videos highlighting Bob Brookmeyer:

Dec 16

"Their Last Time Out"

This week we listen to another track by the original Dave Brubeck Quartet on their previously unreleased last concert recorded Dec. 26, 1967.
La Paloma Azul (The Blue Dove)” is about 79 minutes into the show and can be found for one week at KUSP’s archive of the show [listen to the show here] [the show playlist is here].

Doug Ramsey, discussing the Quartet’s recent CDs in his blog Rifftides, says: “In all, the Pittsburgh concert is a substantial addition to the Brubeck discography.”

Personnel: Dave Brubeck - Piano; Paul Desmond - Alto Saxophone; Eugene Wright - Bass; Joe Morello


Here’s a video recorded a year earlier —

Dec 14

Phineas Newborn Jr. Videos

On the Oscar Brown, Jr. TV show Jazz Scene USA, Newborn is playing with Al McKibbon (bass) and Kenny Dennis (drums) —

In The Groove: Focus on Phineas

The show highlights pianist PHINEAS NEWBORN, JR., whose 80th birthday anniversary is this Wednesday.

Also we hear a selection by the original Dave Brubeck Quartet from their previously unreleased last concert, vocalist Karrin Allyson, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry, as well as the Chocolate Dandies, Al Cohn & Zoot Sims, and the Larry Goldings Trio, a soul-jazz organ group who will play at Kuumbwa Jazz this Thursday. [William Claxton photo of Phineas Newborn, Jr.]


Dec 12

At The Crossroads

Saxophonist James Carter's “JC Off The Set” is featured on this week's IN THE GROOVE [listen to the show here »]. The ballad can be found about two hours in [here’s the show complete playlist »].

From Thom Jurek's review of this new release on the All About Jazz site: At The Crossroads “showcases Carter’s development from his earliest days shedding in the Motor City to his current status as a jazz virtuoso.”

Trio personnel: James Carter: saxophones; Leonard King Jr.: drums; Gerard Gibbs: organ; plus a number of guests.

Here’s a recent performance of “Come Sunday,” which is also on the album:

Dec 09

Roy Is Roy-Alty

Roy Haynes' new CD Roy-Alty is featured on this week’s show [listen to the show here »]. A selection, “Pinky,” plays about 30 minutes into the show. [Here’s the show playlist »].

Tim Niland on All About Jazz says the album “shows why Roy Haynes has been at the forefront of jazz for as long as he has. From bop to free playing to ballads, everyone is pulling together toward a common goal of making great music and succeeding in grand fashion.”

On his latest release Haynes is joined by his Fountain of Youth Band (Jaleel Shaw, alto sax; Martin Berejano, piano; and David Wong on bass), plus Marcus Strictland on tenor sax, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, and percussionists Roberto Quintero, Robert Rodriguez, and Craig Haynes. Chick Corea appears on two piano/drum duos.

Dec 07

Wynton Kelly Featured

This week we listen to selections by pianist WYNTON KELLY, whose 80th birthday anniversary was this last Friday, plus Emily Remler, Jimmy Noone, and pieces from two groups that will be coming to Kuumbwa Jazz — the Hot Club of San Francisco, and the Charlie Hunter Duo with Scott Amendola. (Wynton Kelly photo by Lee Tanner)


Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Stan Getz, tenor saxophone; Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul Chamber, bass; and Jimmy Cobb, drums. Probably during a Jazz At The Philharmonic tour in Dusseldorf on April 1, 1960, when Miles Davis was sick.


Here’s another video with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb—


Dec 05

New from Keith Jarrett

A track from Jarrett’s concert in Rio earlier this year is featured on this week’s IN THE GROOVE [listen here »]. The selection is toward the end of the show [here’s this week’s playlist »].

Orlando Bird says about the performance in All About Jazz: “After forty years of spontaneous composition, Jarrett remains a great original, and on Rio, his voice is as clear as ever.”

Here’s a video taste of the album:

Nov 30

Ellington Live At Tivoli Gardens

Including Paul Gonsalves (ts), John Lamb (b), Rufus “Speedy” Jones (d). Copenhagen, January 23, 1967 —

Complete DVD available from Netflix.

In The Groove | Nov. 30th


On the show this week recordings by Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Clifford Brown, and Art Farmer, as well as recent selections by the Ernie Watts Quartet, Keith Jarrett, and the Pizzarelli Boys. The show will also include pieces by artists who are performing at Kuumbwa Jazz this coming week: the New West Guitar Group this Thursday, Sista Monica Parker this Friday, and the Kenny Werner Quintet on Monday.

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