In Denver: Oh, say can you hear?--Daytime jazz club folds in Harlem--Canadians revisit Ellington
New life for old jazz videos was offered in September for DVD players worldwide, thanks to an initiative by Danish Radio. "In jazz circles, it is definitely not forgotten that many great jazz musicians performed in Denmark 30 to 40 years ago," said Charlotte Gry Madsen of DR International Sales. She named, among others, Bill Evans, videotaped at Louisiana Museum in HumlebÃƒË†—¦k in 1975; videos of Oscar Peterson from 1964 and of Sonny Rollins from Danish jazz festivals in 1965 and 1968. The DVDs are produced as part of their "Jazz Icons" series by a California firm, Reelin' in The Years, which earlier had purchased videos of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk from the DR archives. "These are rare recordings of high quality, and therefore we have people regularly asking about them," said Madsen. For more information email email@example.com
There's a photo of Les Paul showing the musical pioneer and namesake of Gibson's most iconic guitar at his 83rd birthday bash in 1998, at the Iridium Jazz Club. But the next decade's celebration was apparently overlooked. The master's 93rd birthday was feted at the same New York venue on June 9, 2008. Les Paul was born June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, WI. His Monday night Iridium shows swing on, at 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
Web hit-of-the-month: We search the Web for good jazzit's a musical goldmine! Joanne McGinnis of Mission Viejo, California, offers a track from The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in Europe, 2007-2008, featuring Woody Allen: http://jerryzigmont.com/Jerry_Zigmont_Music/Jerry_Zigmont_Music.html