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Videos: Art Blakey Tour, the '60s

Videos: Art Blakey Tour, the '60s

In the 1960s, drummer and Jazz Messengers leader Art Blakey shifted with the times and gave hard bop a more political, pan-nationalism feel. The more the group toured, the more Blakey yearned to incorporate the rhythms and vibe of other cultures. Here are five clips that recently went up at YouTube illustrating Blakey's evolution:  Here's 49 ...

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Sound That Seduced the World

Sound That Seduced the World

Come on, let's fly down to Rio de Janeiro. Between 1956 and 1963, the bossa nova emerged from the small clubs along Copacabana beach and flourished worldwide before the Brazilian military coup in 1964 ended one of modern music's most potent and sensual genres. Here's Australian director Greg Appel's delicious hour-long documentary on the bossa nova, ...

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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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Video: Milt Jackson, 1984

Video: Milt Jackson, 1984

Vibraphonist Milt Jackson's earliest recordings were accompanying Dinah Washington on her first releases on Apollo Records in Los Angeles in 1945. He also was among the first to perform bop with Dizzy Gillespie's Rebop Six in December '45 (Groovin' High) and with Gillespie's big band of 1946. Through the years, he recorded with Miles Davis, Thelonious ...

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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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Videos: Art Farmer in the '60s

Videos: Art Farmer in the '60s

If we're evaluating jazz musicians on tone alone, Art Farmer was perhaps the prettiest trumpeter and flugelhornist to emerge in the 1950s. Distinguished by a warm, orchestral sound on his horn, Farmer was equally lyrical and spry as a composer and sideman. Virtually everything he played was elegantly seductive and touched your heart. If all he ...

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Videos: Dexter Gordon

Videos: Dexter Gordon

Yesterday I found myself listening to quite a bit of Dexter Gordon's Blue Note recordings in the 1960s. The cutting edge of his tenor saxophone and mournful quality of his blues sounded just right for the housebound. Here are four videos plus a bonus: Here's Dexter Gordon playing Tadd Dameron's Lady Bird in Belgium in 1964, ...

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Videos: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Videos: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was one of the purest and most fascinating jazz artists and composers of the post-war period. Blind from birth, he was a soulful and experimental and romantic multi-instrumentalist who defied his own physical limitations to become the very essence of jazz in all its free but gifted glory. Here are five clips of ...

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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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