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August birthdays this week, celebrating the centennials of Charlie Parker, singer Jimmy Witherspoon and bassist George Duvivier. George only did one session as a leader for a French label, which I have never been able to find. So, we pair him with other August celebrants: Jimmy Rushing, Lester Young, Arnett Cobb and Art Farmer. We also celebrate with Bennie Maupin (still with us at 80) as a sideman with Herbie Hancock and Jack DeJohnette (also his birthday). And there are more: Count Basie, Sonny Sharrock, Louis Armstrong, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Enjoy!


  • Count Basie "Count' Em" Li'l Ol' Groovemaker...Basie (Verve) 00:00
  • Jimmy Rushing "Undecided Blues" Every Day I Have the Blues (Impulse) 05:28
  • Lester Young "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" Laughin' to Keep from Cryin' (Verve) 11:31
  • Arnett Cobb "Cobb's Mob" Smooth Sailing (Prestige) 17:35
  • Art Farmer "Naima" The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Jazztet Sessions (Mosaic) 22:22
  • Jimmy Witherspoon, Richard "Groove" Holmes "Danger Zone Is Everywhere" Blue as They Want to Be (Acrobat) 29:01
  • Jimmy Witherspoon, Savoy Sultans "Rain Keeps Fallin' Down" The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (Black & Blue) 37:25
  • Jimmy Witherspoon "How Long Blues" Evenin' Blues (Prestige) 40:55
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker "Bebop" Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown) 43:50
  • Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie "Dizzy Atmosphere" Diz N' Bird at Carnegie Hall (Roost) 51:25
  • Charlie Parker "Yardbird Suite (take 1)" The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions (Mosaic) 55:23
  • Herbie Hancock [Bennie Maupin] "Spank-A-Lee" Thrust (Columbia) 58:04
  • Jack DeJohnette "Brown, Warm And Wintry" The DeJohnette Complex (Milestone) 1:06:21
  • Sonny Sharrock "Kate" Highlife (Enemy) 1:11:29
  • King Oliver, Louis Armstrong "Sobbin' Blues" Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (Off The Record) 1:17:19
  • Louis Armstrong "Yes Suh!" Complete Decca Sessions (1935-1946) (Mosaic) 1:21:52
  • Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" Recording Together for the First Time (Roulette) 1:24:39
  • Cecile McLorin-Salvant "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue) 1:27:27
  • Oscar Peterson "On Green Dolphin Street" The London House Sessions (Verve) 1:33:31
  • Bill Evans "Green Dolphin Street" Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) 1:42:30
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk "A Sack Full of Soul" We Free Kings (Mercury) 1:51:22

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