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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



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).






Reuban Fowler Black Cow



The Reuben Fowler Big Band celebrates 40 years since Steely Dan's album Aja with this videod recording of Black Cow. Amazing personnel and a fitting tribute to Steely Dan. (Featured February 2018).





Kit Downes Obsidian



Kit Downes has a new album out - Obsidian. Following their album Vyamanikal in which they recorded in 5 Suffolk churches in 2015, Obsidian finds Kit again playing organ with saxophonist Tom Challenger guesting on saxophone for this album released on the ECM label in January 2018. (Featured February 2018).




Satchmo video


'We should get friendly. My name's Satchmo' ... and so starts this one and a half hour documentary video about Louis Armstrong. 'There are few people in this country, and around the world, who will not recognize the name. Louis Armstrong embodied 20th century American culture. No other performer of his era had such a profound effect as a singer as well as an instrumentalist. With over a dozen of his classic film performances, numerous television and concert performance as well as never before seen home movies and nightclub footage from 1935, this is the most comprehensive look at this American icon. (Featured February 2018).




Elliot Galvin Red and Yellow trailer



Pianist / keyboards Elliot Galvin has a new Trio album out in January. Here is the trailer for Red And Yellow (there are flickering images at the start) . The album is reviewed in our Featured Releases section. (Featured February 2018).






George Lewis Running Wild



George Lewis and his New Orleans Jazz Band filmed in 1959 playing Running Wild in a German jazz club. George Lewis (clarinet), Kid Howard (cornet), Jim Robinson (trombone), Joe Robichaux (piano), Slow Drag Pavagau (bass) and Joe Watkins (drums). (Featured February 2018).




Riff Raff Challenger Deep



Another new release is Challenger Deep by Dave Manington's Riff Raff featuring Tom Challenger and Brigitte Beraha. Here they are playing live at The Vortex last year. Click here for details of the album. (Featured February 2018).




Art Tatum Tinys Exercise


'I am just a piano player, but tonight, God is in the house' - Fats Waller on Art Tatum. In this all too rare video, the Art Tatum trio is warming up to Tiny's Exercise. Art Tatum had limited sight in his left eye and had severe cataracts (blurred/cloudy vision) in his right eye. With Tatum here in 1943 are Tiny Grimes (guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass). (Featured February 2018).




Anton Hunter Article XI video


After too long a break, Anton Hunter's Article XI have a new album out. We shall review it next month, but in the meanwhile here is a reminder of the band from 2014 playing Retaken at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. Anton has been busy playing with other bands in the intevening years and Article XI has recently been on tour with Cath Roberts' Favourite Animals whose album we review this month. [Featured January 2018]





Mezcla Jazz Nights At the Quay video


We recently reviewed Mezcla's debut album (click here). I really enjoy their music and here they are in a 'BBC Introducing' video from Jazz Nights At The Quay playing Malarone Dreams, Sami's Tune,Volta and Happy Monkey Dance. [Joshua Elcock (trumpet), Michael Butcher (tenor sax), Alan Benzie (keys), Ben MacDonald (guitar), David Bowden (bass and compositions), Stephen Henderson (drums) and Steve Forman (percussion)]. [Featured January 2018]




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