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Documentary: Don Byas Returns

Documentary: Don Byas Returns

In 1970, tenor saxophonist Don Byas returned from Europe to perform at New York's Village Vanguard. He had been living abroad since 1946. A Dutch documentary called Homecoming was made of Byas's one-time return. The artist who Byas refers to as his close friend is pianist Jaki Byard. The band he plays with is the Thad ...

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Lee Konitz in Spain, 2018

Lee Konitz in Spain, 2018

On March 26-28, 2018, Lee Kontiz was in Almeria, Spain, on a limited 12-day tour of Europe. He was 90 and starting to feel the effects of his age and fatigue. But that didn't stop him. Like all great artists, Lee was determined to power through and create and explore until the very end, leaning into ...

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Documentary: Stan Getz

Documentary: Stan Getz

In 1993, Jean-Pierre Larcher released his documentary of Stan Getz called People Time. Issued two years after Getz's death, the film was named for the tenor saxophonist's final album, a duet recording with pianist Kenny Barron. Today, the documentary is hard to come by. I found it in parts at the site of the Stan Getz ...

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Documentary: Oscar Peterson

Documentary: Oscar Peterson

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What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

Hazel Scott was an enormously talented jazz and classical pianist whose popularity soared in the early 1940s. She appeared regularly at New York's Cafe Society in 1941, performed at Carnegie Hall in 1943, went to Hollywood, married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell in 1945 and was the first woman to have her own TV show in 1950. ...

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Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

You may not have played Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club as a musician or had the pleasure of hearing jazz artists perform there. And even if you have, who knows when you'll be back given the pandemic in Europe. For now, here's a solid documentary, Ronnie Scott and His World Famous Jazz Club, written and directed by ...

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Documentary: Post 398

Documentary: Post 398

I predict we'll soon be using the letters BP to broadly indicate a period in time that has past. During that period, the world stood a little closer, hugged a little more and did things like shake hands and share sodas. In 2019 BP (before the pandemic), there was a little place in Harlem where you ...

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Norwegian Charlie Parker Documentary

Norwegian Charlie Parker Documentary

Last week, I shared with you a PBS documentary on Charlie Parker's years growing up in Kansas City. Today, I have another fabulous Parker documentary for you—this one directed by Jan Horne and produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. in 1989. It runs 3 1/2 hours. Here are all four parts of The Bird: Charlie “Bird" ...

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Documentary: Bird in K.C.

Documentary: Bird in K.C.

Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kan., in 1920. When he was 7, his family moved to Kansas City, Mo. In fifth grade, Parker began playing the saxophone in school after the city put in force a music-education program. As he progressed, his mother bought him an alto saxophone in a pawn shop for $40. ...

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Documentary: Pittsburgh Jazz

Documentary: Pittsburgh Jazz

Erroll Garner, George Benson, Earl “Fatha" Hines, Ray Brown, Kenny Clarke, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, Ahmad Jamal, Joe Negri, {{Johnny Costa and Mary Lou Williams all had one thing in common—jny: Pittsburgh, PA. They all grew up there along with other jazz greats. How did Pittsburgh come to be such a flourishing jazz center? ...


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