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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





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]




Kevin Mahogany video


Kevin Mahogany, who recently passed through the Departure Lounge (see below), is someone I had not really come across before. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Mahogany played baritone saxophone while growing up, performing with bands while in high school. He switched his focus to singing while attending Baker University. He mostly worked around in Kansas City during the 1980s. Here his impressive voice can be heard on My Foolish Heart and On Green Dolphin Street with the Ray Brown Trio [Kevin Mahogany (vocals), Ray Brown (bass), Larry Fuller (piano), George Fludas (drums)]. [Featured January 2018]



Hot Sardines Chicago


The Hot Sardines cooking In Chicago. Here is a fun video of Bourbon Street Parade with the young Hot Sardines from New York City. In 2012, Robinson Home Products brought The Hot Sardines to Chicago to entertain booth visitors throughout the day. In a surprise performance, at the Cooking Theater they used cooking tools as instruments while the audience was awaiting Paula Deen's cooking demo. Look for: CIA wood stirring spoons, CIA saucier lid, Moso Bambooware turners, and the brightly coloured Squish large funnel. [Featured January 2018]




Sam Leake Dan Tepfer video


Pianists Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer introduce their new album Adrift due to be released in May. The composition was originally written for 2014's Steinway festival, held at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club. The success of this performance led the pianists to record the album at the Yamaha Showroom in Midtown New York in January 2016. The album will be released on Jellymould Jazz in May 2018. [Featured January 2018]




John Coltrane Giant Steps animated music



Fancy playing John Coltrane's Giant Steps? If you can keep up with animated sheet music, give it a try! [Featured January 2018]





Gilad Atzmon Spirit Of Tane video


An introductory video for the album The Spirit Of Trane in which Gilad Atzmon,The Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet pay tribute to John Coltrane. Gilad Atzmon is currently on tour playing in December at The Lighthouse, Poole; Grimsby Jazz; Fleece Jazz Club Stoke by Nayland; and Stratford Upon Avon Arts House. Robin Kidson reviews the album in this month's review section below. (Featured December 2017)






Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen


Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen 1959: This is said to be the only known motion picture of Beat Generation writer and icon Jack Kerouac reading his own work as Steve Allen plays the piano. Jack and Steve also made an album with Jack reading his work. Click here for Jack's 'Charlie Parker'. (Featured December 2017).







Fraser and the Alibis


Fraser And The Alibis have just released their first album and we shall review it next month. Here they are playing On The Green at Sofar, London on March 31st, 2017. Great straightahead jazz. The Alibis have being playing together for a while having originally met at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They are: Fraser Smith (tenor sax); Joe Webb (organ); Harry Sankey (guitar); Gethin Jones (drums). Click here for their website. (Featured December 2017).







Mark Cherrie video


Here is a video of Morse Code from the forthcoming album Joining The Dots from the Mark Cherrie Quartet due out in December. Mark Cherrie plays jazz steel pan and here he is in the company of John Donaldson (piano); Eric Ford (drums) and Mick Hutton (double bass). We shall review the album in a future issue. (Featured December 2017).






Hubert Laws Sophisticated Lady


Flautist and saxophonist Hubert Laws was born on November 10, 1939 in Houston, Texas. His music covers a wide range of genres; he has worked with classical orchestras, small jazz combos, and even the jazz poet Gil-Scott Heron. He is regarded as one of jazz’s best flute players. In this 10 minute video he plays Sophisticated Lady and Corcovado with guitarist Russell Malone. (Featured December 2017)






Andrew Bain Hope



A taste of Hope from Andrew Bain's new album Embodied Hope released on the Whirlwind label on November 10th 2017 and featuring Andrew Bain (drums), George Colligan (piano), Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone) and Michael Janisch (double bass). (Featured October 2017)







Tradition Is A temple previewDarktown Strutters' Ball" - This is a Preview with Lucien Barbarin and Shannon Powell of an excerpt from Tradition Is A Temple: The Modern Masters of New Orleans, vol. I a motion picture of New Orleans music. Tradition Is A Temple explores New Orleans' unique musical culture and the fragility of tradition in the modern world. The movie weaves together intimate personal discussions shot over a four year span with once-in-a-lifetime studio performances by New Orleans greats, such as Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Jason Marsalis, Topsy Chapman, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Roland Guerin, The Tremé Brass Band and many more. This portrait of New Orleans music culture highlights the musician's upbringing, how tradition shaped their identity and continues to inspire young people today. The film reminds us that the music of New Orleans is the root of popular American music. Without this music, we have no Hip-Hop, no Rhythm & Blues, no Funk and no Rock n' Roll. (Featured October 2017)







If you have been wondering what singer Emelia Martensson has been doing recently, she has provided the vocals for this delightful short animated film, Johanne, from Dragonbee. As far as gigs are concerned, Emelia has UK gigs on: 2nd November - North Wall, Oxford/Monocled Man - Special guest Emilia Martensson; 15th November - The London Jazz Festival @The Vortex - Launch of the new Quintet/'Loredana'. 26th November - Cambridge Jazz Festival/Emilia Martensson Trio + Vocal Workshop. 9th December - Baldwin Gallery, Blackheath-London/Mixed Sessions by Cooknst. 15th December - The Crypt, London/Emilia Martensson Quartet. (Featured October 2017)






Clifford Brown video



Rare footage of trumpeter Clifford Brown. Apparently this is the only footage of Brown still available, which TV host Soupy Sales found in his garage in the mid-'90s. It includes a brief interview. (Featured October 2017)






Ian Shaw Shine Sister Shine


Singer Ian Shaw will be releasing his new album Shine Sister Shine in November followed by a number of live dates. The album features new original songs that celebrate the women Ian Shaw has encountered through his work with refugees. One track, Keep Walking, is dedicated to an Eritrean woman who had escaped civil war in her country. Other tracks are by a selection of women including Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, Carly Simon and Gwyneth Herbert. The title track, on video here with the Citizens Of The World Choir was written with Tanita Tikaram. (Featured October 2017)






New Yor-Uba


Michele Rosewoman's "New Yor-Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America" features masters from the worlds of contemporary jazz and Cuban folkloric music. They are seeking support for their 35th anniversary with a 2018 CD release. 15% of funds raised go to to UNIDOS, a disaster relief fund for recovery In Puerto Rico and Mexico. Details. (Featured October 2017)






Nat Steele Quartet


Vibes player Nat Steele is currently touring with his Quartet following the release of their new album Portrait Of The MJQ at Ronnie Scott's Club in September. Click on the picture for a video of the band playing Bag's Groove to get an idea of their swinging take on the music of one of the most successful and influential small jazz groups of the 20th century. Click here for the tour dates and Nat's website. We shall be reviewing the album next month. [Featured October 2017]





Malija Instinct A Wing and a Prayer


Malija (Mark Lockheart, Jasper Høiby and Liam Noble) have a new album out. Instinct was released in September on the Edition label. Here is a taste of A Wing And A Prayer from the album. You can sample more of the album here. [Featured October 2017]






Chu Berry Video



This is a three and a half minute documentary video of Leon 'Chu' Berry. It is a fine, short summary of his life and music with pictures and music samples. We also find out why he was called 'Chu' and appreciate his contribution to jazz during his short life. [Featured October 2017]







Ray Santos


This is a fascinating ten minute video with saxophonist, composer and arranger Ray Santos, the “El Maestro” of the mambo sound, looking back over his career. A young Puerto Rican kid from  New York, he fell in love with Coleman Hawkins and jazz, arranged for Machito, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and many others and won a Grammy award for the music in the Mambo Kings movie. [Featured October 2017]






Cachao Uno Mas


Ray Santos also contributed to this hour and a half video documentary about Cachao, a maestro of legendary status on the world stage and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time. Cachao: Uno Más takes viewers from his start as a child prodigy in Cuba to his personal struggles in Vegas and on to his triumph as a world-class composer. (Featured October 2017).





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