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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis

This week, let's take a look at some history related to the most important jazz musician to come from the St. Louis area, Miles Davis. As a bandleader, Davis had many celebrated groups over the years, such as the “Birth of the Cool" nonet; the six-piece ensemble that recorded Kind of Blue; the first “great quartet" ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Rising Stars" in concert

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Rising Stars" in concert

With the touring portion of the music business remaining at a standstill, this week let's continue our look at some of the musicians recognized in the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll, specifically some of the winners in the poll's “Rising Star" category. Also formerly known for a time as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition," the “Rising Star" section ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

This week, let's take a look back at an extended jazz composition of historical importance that, unfortunately, remains topical 60 years after its premiere. We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite is the title of a 1960 album by drummer Max Roach, featuring a five-part work composed by Roach with singer and lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven more views of "St. Louis Blues"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven more views of "St. Louis Blues"

This week, it's part two of our look at “St. Louis Blues," featuring some contemporary versions of W.C. Handy's most famous composition. The first video actually combines aspects of both vintage and contemporary, since it features New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing a traditional arrangement of “St. Louis Blues," but was recorded in July 1996 ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven views of "St. Louis Blues"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven views of "St. Louis Blues"

With the return of live jazz in St. Louis still uncertain, today's post continues this feature's recent emphasis on archival and historical material by taking a look at some different interpretations of “St. Louis Blues," undoubtedly the most famous song ever to feature the name of our city in the title, and one of the most ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The BAG legacy, part 3

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The BAG legacy, part 3

This week, StLJN's look at music from former members of the Black Artists Group (BAG) continues with some videos featuring the sounds of trumpeter Baikida Carroll and multi-instrumentalist J.D. Parran. You can see part one, featuring videos of BAG-related ensembles the World Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Family and more, plus some links to background info, here. Part ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A jazz film mini-festival (shutdown edition)

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A jazz film mini-festival (shutdown edition)

With live music still shut down for the foreseeable future, this week we revisit an idea used in this space occasionally during the slow weeks of summer, and offer up a mini-festival of six feature-length films about jazz. The first film, embedded up above, is 1959, The Year That Changed Jazz, a 2009 documentary originally aired ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A David Sanborn retrospective

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A David Sanborn retrospective

With no upcoming live shows to preview during the ongoing big shutdown, the last two installments of this weekly feature have spotlighted two of St. Louis' most famous jazz musicians, trumpeters Clark Terry and Miles Davis. This week, we're going for a trifecta of sorts, with a collection of clips looking back at various phases in ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Miles Davis - Live in Copenhagen 1969

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Miles Davis - Live in Copenhagen 1969

This week, let's take a look at some vintage performance videos of Miles Davis that recently became available online for the first time. Recorded in November, 1969 at the Tivoli Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark, the videos feature Davis on trumpet along with Wayne Shorter on saxophones, Chick Corea on keyboards, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Clark Terry plays Duke Ellington

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Clark Terry plays Duke Ellington

With live music in St. Louis shut down for at least a couple of months, this weekly feature—which frequently, though not exclusively, previews performances by jazz and creative music artists coming to town—will need a different focus for a while. While yr. humble editor isn't exactly sure right this minute what that will be, it likely ...


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