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Video Juke Box

Videos featured in 'Video Juke Box' section of our What's New page over the last six months.

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Juke Box

 

 

 

Tom Barford Bloomer video

 

 

Introductory video for saxophonist Tom Barford's debut album Bloomer released on 31st August. Winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Tom here is in the company ofRRupert Cox (piano); Billy Marrows (guitar); Flo Moore (bass); Dave Storey (drums). (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Costanzo documentary

 

 

 

20 minute documentary film directed by Nelson Datu Anderson about, and featuring, Jack 'Mr Bongo' Costanzo who looks back over his career in Afro Cuban music including playing with Stan Kenton and other bands. (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beats and Pieces Big Band Nois

 

 

Beats And Pieces Big Band celebrate their decade of playing together with a new album, appropriately named Ten. Here is a video of the band playing Nois from the album which was released of the Efpi label in July. (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York All Stars video

 

 

The New York All-Stars play The Night Has A Thousand Eyes from their album Burnin' In London on the Ubuntu label released this month. Eric Alexander (saxophone), Harold Mabern (piano), Darryl Hall (bass) and Bernd Reiter (drums) return to the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on 17th - 19th September 2018 (where the album was recorded in November 2017) for the launch as part of a European tour. (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Indians Of New Orleans

 

We know that New Orleans was a melting pot of music from a variety of nations. This ten minute documentary Black Indians Of New Orleans by Dr. Maurice M. Martinez looks at how Native Americans from the area contributed their music to the Mardi Gras and that melting pot. (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phronesis Matrix for DA

 

Matrix For D.A. from Phronesis' new album We Are All released on Edition Records on 14th September 2018. This is the eighth album by the award winning band of Jasper Høiby (double bass); Ivo Neame (piano); Anton Eger (drums) focussing attention on an important message of togetherness and balance. (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Sweethearts Of Rhythm

 

The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm were a top female jazz/swing band of the 1940's. Anna Mae Winburn was the bandleader. 'There were a lot of female bands in the 30's and 40's but the International Sweethearts of Rhythm was number one, but all the female bands back then were great, but they never got a chance to be superstars, never inducted into the Jazz/Swing Hall of Fame .... women were expected to sing, not play instruments, arrange, direct, produce, nor write...' (featured September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Cranshaw Lee Morgan video

 

 

Remembering Lee Morgan - Bassist Bob Cranshaw played on Lee Morgan's immortal The Sidewinder. In this ten minute video that includes great footage of Lee Morgan, Cranshaw remembers the session, and offers his thoughts on the great trumpeter, who died tragically at the age of 33. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen

 

 

Historic footage of Louis Armstrong with I Cover The Waterfront, Dinah and Tiger Rag recorded in Copenhagen in 1933, during his Scandinavian (Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen) tour. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Jarrett Late Lament

 

 

ECM have released Keith Jarrett's After The Fall, a double-disc album that was recorded live in a special concert in 1998 that signalled the return of the pianist from a forced two-year interruption in his brilliant career due to chronic fatigue syndrome. (See 'Recent Releases' and Robin Kidson's article). Here is the Trio playing Late Lament from an earlier gig in 1985. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Same Leak and Dan Tepfer

 

 

Pianists Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer discuss the making of their new album, Adrift, due for release in November 2018. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

Giacomo Smith

 

 

Clarinettist Giacomo Smith (Kansas Smitty's) is featured in this studio recording of Chinatown, My Chinatown with Collectif Paris Swing in Paris in 2017. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Elina Duni and Rob Luft video

 

Elina Duni sings N'at Zaman accompanied by Rob Luft on guitar. I was lucky enough to catch them with guest pianist Kit Downes at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in July for an outstandingly beautiful gig. If you get the chance to catch them, take it. Elina Duni was born in Albania and started singing for National Radio and Television at an early age. After the fall of the communist regime, she moved to Switzerland with her mother, where she started studying classical piano and then discovered jazz. Her repertoire includes music from her native Albania as well as songs from across Europe and America. In 2017 Elina Duni was one of the recipients of the Swiss Music Prize. (Featured August 2018)

 

 

 

 

Ray Estaire Save Your Love For Me

 

In June, Ray Estaire performed her Final Recital for her degree course at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. She is about to tour with The George Michael Story show but I hope we can hear more of her special, talented jazz singing in the months to come. Here is a taste from a couple of years ago as she sings Save Your Love For Me with pianist Neil Birse. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Birdland and the Palladium Ballroom

 

Birdland And The Palladium Ballroom - In this 10 minute video, Slim Gaillard and Tito Puente reminisce about the heyday of Birdland and the nearby Palladium Ballroom in the 1940s and 50s. Apparently, Slim explains how Birdland was not named after Charlie Parker. At the time of this video, the venue was named the Kit Kat Klub: ' .... we would be inside of the Kit Kat Klub showing you how Birdland was, but, the ladies in there are not dressed and they wouldn't allow us to photograph until four in the morning ....'. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Lee Velvet Rage

 

Pianist Pete Lee plays his beautiful composition The Velvet Rage live with the Amika strings. This is the title tune from his new album released in June. The Velvet Rage, takes its inspiration from Alan Downs’ book of the same name; Pete’s piece celebrates progression in diversity in 2017, with a special dedication to ‘Alan Turing’s Law’, as well as marking 50 years since the passing of the decriminalisation laws via the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

Pie High video

 

 

Pie High - this video from 1959 has Bud Powell (piano), Clark Terry (flugelhorn), Kenny Clarke (drums) and Pierre Michelot (bass) playing at the Club St Germain in Paris. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Hiseman Western Promise

 

 

Drummer Jon Hiseman who sadly passed through the 'Departure Lounge' in June soloing on Western Promise. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Slowly Rolling Camera Juniper Trailer

 

Trailer for Juniper, the latest album for the band Slowly Rolling Camera - Dave Stapleton (keyboards); Deri Roberts (electronics); Elliot Bennett (drums) with Stuart McCallum (guitar); Neil Yates (trumpet); Nicolas Kummert (saxophones); Mark Lockheart (saxophones); Aidan Thorne (double bass); Tom Barford (tenor and soprano saxophone); James Copus (trumpet); Sam Glaser (alto saxophone). (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Muggsy Spanier At The Jazzband Ball

 

 

Muggsy Spanier At The Jazzband Ball- There is not very much video of trumpeter Muggsy Spanier, pianist Joe Sullivan, clarinettist Darnell Howard or bassist Pops Foster, so, as the words with the video say, this meeting in a 1960s San Francisco TV studio under the guidance of host Ralph Gleason is a real treasure. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

Yelena Eckemoff Desert

 

 

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff plays music from her recent album Desert, and she and her band - Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet); Arild Andersen (double bass); Peter Erskine (drums and percussion) - talk about the recording. (Featured July 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Luft Elina Duni Wayfaring Stranger

 

Guitarist Rob Luft and vocalist Elina Duni perform the beautiful The Wayfaring Stranger. Rob was recently nominated for the Breakthrough Act at the JazzFM Awards. More recording from Elina and Rob are in the pipeline as well as an new album from Elina. (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Lara Eidi Afro Blue

 

 

The amazing Lara Eidi sings her version of Afro Blue in a fresh arrangement inspired by Lara‘s Arabic origins. Afro Blue is rearranged with a new verse written especially for this recording. An EP is on its way! (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

Earl Hines video

 

Earl 'Fatha' Hines talks piano - This video is an excerpt from the 1960s TV show “Jazz Casual”, hosted by Ralph J. Gleason. Fatha Hines talks about his innovative style, influences, and how he became known as the father of modern jazz piano. At seventeen he went to Pittsburgh to perform as a member of the “Symphonian Serenaders”  led by baritone singer, Lois Deppe. He received free room and board at the Liederhaus nightclub and a generous fifteen dollar weekly salary. Moving to Chicago in 1925 he was soon among the most celebrated of all jazz pianists. (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

Omar Sosa Yamaha

 

 

In the course of his 2017 global tour, 7-time Grammy nominated and world-renowned jazz pianist Omar Sosa gave Yamaha a very personal insight look into his understanding of life and his musical mission. (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

Duke Ellington Symphony In Black

 

This nine and a half minute video is a 1935 short film that starts with Duke Ellington composing Symphony In Black. The film depicts black life in America and the composition itself (A Rhapsody of Negro Life) is divided into four parts: “The Laborers,” “A Triangle”, “A Hymn of Sorrow” and “Harlem Rhythm”. “A Triangle” features Billie Holiday in her screen debut, and solos by jazz clarinettist and tenor saxophonist Barney Bigard and Ellington Orchestra regular, trombonist 'Tricky Sam' Nanton. Although Symphony in Black is the title of the Paramount film, A Rhapsody of Negro Life is the actual title of Ellington's composition. (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

Alina Bzhezhinska Wisdoms Eye video

 

 

Harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and drummer Joel Prime play Alice Coltrane's Wisdom's Eye for a live JazzFM session. Alina's new album, Inspiration, that includes Wisdom's Eye and also featuring Toni Kofi (saxophones) and Larry Bartley (double bass) is released on 15th June (details here). (Featured June 2018).

 

 

 

 

Nick Costley White Detour Ahead video

 

Talented guitarist Nick Costley-White brings out his Quartet's debut album Detour Ahead with the launch due at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on 31st July (click here). The other members of the Quartet - Matt Robinson (piano); Conor Chaplin (double bass); Dave Hamblett (drums) are musicians much in demand in the UK. Nick says: 'I'm really looking forward to this concert and to be able to finally release the album which I recorded with my quartet last year. It features my own compositions alongside arrangements of a few songbook standards, including Herb Ellis' tune "Detour Ahead", after which the album has been named'. Click here for another video of the Quartet playing Swing State Wig Wam and the Ram Jam club in Kingston. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

Pat Metheny Girl From Ipanema videoGuitarist Pat Metheny plays The Girl From Ipanema. The track is from the lovely solo acoustic album What's It All About. Pat Metheny says: '"People are often surprised to hear that this is one of the first songs I ever learned, but any beginning guitar student knows about the dreaded "F" chord; the first time you are asked to "barre" two strings together with one finger. For me, in that first week of playing the instrument, it was impossible to make my fingers do that. But by leaving the top string open and not doing the barre, you wind up with an F major seventh chord, which somehow I recognized as being the first chord of the tune I had just heard Astrud Gilberto sing with Stan Getz on TV around that time. I actually liked it better than the straight  "F" chord anyway!" This year Pat Metheny became one of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters, winning one of the most prestigious American awards, and he also received the PRS For Music Gold Award at the UK's Jazz FM Awards. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

March Of Time video

 

Valuable archive footage from 1937 featuring the spread of 'Swing' music and the (Original) Dixieland Jass Band. The film comes from a documentary 'March Of Time' feature. '... Music publishers and songwriters, finding that Swing music is ordinary music played with impromptu variations, meet the ever growing popular demand by grinding out routine tunes adding 'Swing' to every title. As the nation's new musical fever rises, Swing is accepted at Manhattan's ultra formal Rainbow Room. It is indispensable at dark Harlem's hot and noisy Savoy ...'. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Loz Speyer Inner Space Life On The Edge video

Loz Speyer's Inner Space - this video was filmed at Fishmarket Studio by Ewan Bruce. The album Life On The Edge was released on Leo Records in 2017 and the band - Loz Speyer (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet); Rachel Musson (tenor and soprano sax); Olie Brice (double bass); Gary Willcox (drums) - take the album on the road, along with new compositions and collectively composed music, for an 11 date tour of the UK – it started at the Verdict Brighton on 12 April, and finishes at the Vortex London on 26 June 2018 - click here for dates and venues. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

Fred Foskett video

 

Thanks to Brian O'Connor for suggesting this video of photographs by Brian 'Fred' Foskett. The music is a private recording of Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Colin Purbrook, Dave Green and Allan Ganley at the Farmers Club, Cambridge in 1986. Brian Foskett 1940-2017 was a professional industrial photographer who took his world class photos of musicians as a hobby. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Open Land Meeting John Abercrombie video

 

Open Land - Meeting John Abercrombie. We are still waiting for details of the release of this film that we wrote about last month and which "... offers an unforgettably intimate portrait of it's protagonist, jazz legend John Abercrombie who died in August 2017. This wonderful encounter is as poetic and atmospherically dense as Abercrombie's music. A labor of love and deep admiration, "Open Land" is a subtle and very personal portrait that gives an insight into the life and work of this outstanding artist. To glimpse genius on such an intimate level is nothing short of revelatory". What we do have now is the captivating Trailer for the film - click on the picture. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

Martin Speake Quartet video

 

 

The excellent Martin Speake Quartet is on tour during April and May with their latest album Intention. The Quartet with Martin Speake (saxophone); Ethan Iverson (piano); Fred Thomas (double bass) and James Maddren (drums) will play in various locations around the UK (click here). Here they are is a live performance of Blackwell from the album which is released on 20th April and which we'll feature next month. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Willie The Lion Smith video

 

Willie “The Lion” Smith was one of the “big three” of stride pianists of the 1920’s along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller. This edition of the British television series Jazz 625 from November 7th, 1965 recorded at the Marquee Club features Willie “The Lion” Smith still in prime form, playing distinctive piano, occasionally singing, and telling stores to the enthusiastic audience. There is some interference on the soundtrack at times and although the audio is in English, there are also French subtitles for the speech. Nevertheless, it is an interesting 30 minutes of Willie's stride piano and of Brian Brocklehurst (bass) and Lennie Hastings (drums) with him. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Cloudmakers Five The Exchange video

 

 

Cloudmakers Five - Jim Hart (vibraphone); Michael Janisch (double bass); Dave Smith (drums); Antonin-Tri Hoang (alto saxophone, clarinet); and Hannes Riepler (guitar) - released their new album Traveling Pulse on the Whirlwind label in February. The album was recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in London from where this live performance of The Exchange from the album comes. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

The Road To Southport Pier video

 

The Road to Southport Pier - A Jazz Odyssey 2017. This 54 minute video documentary comes from an original idea for an occasional series by Ray Knight, with support from Louis Lince, Fred Burnett, Trish and Derek Galloway, and Fraser McCombe. It reflects on the traditional jazz scene in the Northwest of the United Kingdom, preserving the historical sounds of the various bands as well as the individual players. This video will be enjoyed by lovers of traditional jazz now and in the future. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Quiet Thunder video

 

The video for the track Quiet Thunder from Dinosaur's forthcoming album Wonder Trail on Edition Records. The album is due out on May 4th (details here). 'Dinosaur’s second album is as electrifyingly different as anyone who knows Laura Jurd’s track record would expect. Never one to be labeled, the fearsomely talented and multiple award-winning Jurd has a Miles-like way of taking her work and tuning it to illuminate a vast array of musical worlds'. Dinosaur are Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Corrie Dick (drums). (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

Thomas Chapin Night Bird Song video

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin. On March 20th, film distributor Random Media and 'OlenaProductions announced the DVD, digital and VOD debut of the acclaimed documentary Night Bird Song by documentary director Stephanie J. Castillo. The film presents an intimate and engaging, music-filled showcase of jazz great saxophonist Thomas Chapin whose life was tragically cut short by Leukemia at age 40 in 1998. Chapin emerged in the New York City’s downtown scene in the 80’s and 90’s and was schooled by jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton and Jackie McLean. The documentary showcases Chapin’s brilliant compositions and work in a broad breath of genres that left music critics and fellow musicians alike amazed at his ability to bend the genre of jazz with innovative originality. Included in the 96-minute film is the Thomas Chapin Trio’s acclaimed performance at the 1995 JVC Newport Jazz Festival. Click on the picture for the trailer. Click here for details. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Carlos Santana video on Miles Davis

 

 

Carlos Santana on Miles Davis. This intriguing 28 minute video comes from the DVD "Live at Montreux: Miles Davis". In it, guitarist Carlos Santana is interviewed about his contact and work with Miles - 'the supreme, divine, rascal ...'. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Benzie The Warrior Who Became A Tiger

 

 

The Warrior Who Became A Tiger is from the new album Little Mysteries by the Alan Benzie Trio: Alan Benzie (piano/composition); Andrew Robb (bass), Marton Juhasz (drums). The band has been on tour in Europe and the UK during February to promote the album which is featured in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra video

 

Rhythm Is Our Business. It appears that this might be the only known footage of Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra by Vitaphone from 1936. A correspondent says that the drummer is James Crawford; Joe Thomas is on tenor sax, Paul Webster on trumpet, Moses Allen on bass and the vocalist is Willie Smith (who also plays alto sax). The video also features The Three Brown Jacks and Myra Johnson. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Zhenya Strigalev Pinky

 

The 9th March sees the release on the Whirlwind label of Russian born saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's new album, Blues For Maggie with Argentian guitarist Frederico Dannemann; Mauritian Linley Marthe (bass) and American Eric Harland (drums). Click the picture for a video of a live performance of Pinky. The album will be launched at The Vortex, Dalston on 28th March. Details are in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Nabatov Video

 

Russian-American pianist Simon Nabatov plays Lady Sings The Blues by Herbie Nichols. The pianist has a new String Trio album, Situations, out on the Leo label with Gareth Lubbe (viola) and Ben Davis (cello). Details are in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Webster Sextet C Jam Blues

 

The Ben Webster Sextet playing Duke Ellington's C Jam Blues. The video, from 1959, features Buck Clayton (trumpet); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Hank Jones (piano); George Duvivier (bass) and Jo Jones (drums). This footage appears to come from a Jazz From Studio 61 recording at the Robert Herridge Theater, a half-hour dramatic anthology that ran primarily on educational television stations. One edition, "The Sound of Miles Davis", which Herridge referred to onscreen as "a story told in the language of music", consisted of an April 2, 1959, jazz concert by Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and the Gil Evans Orchestra at CBS TV's Studio 61 (click here for a video). (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

Pablo Ziegler Trio Jazz Tango

 

The Pablo Ziegler Trio has won the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" with their exciting release Jazz Tango (ZOHO).  Ziegler, who honed his piano and composing skills working with legendary fellow Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, has continued to develop the style of Nuevo Tango. This video is an introduction to the work. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

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