From Jazz ’34: More Remembrances of Kansas City Swing

15 November 2013 — Jazz on the Tube

Robert Altman gathered top contemporary musicians (see list below) and set them in 1934 Kansas City. Kansas City was one of the top drivers of the music during this period. A quirky prosperity based on graft, vice and slaughterhouses gave the city immunity to the worst of the ravages of the Great Depression and music joints and musicians packed the city morning, noon and night.

 

Personnel:

 

Joshua Redman as Lester Young – tenor sax

Craig Handy as Coleman Hawkins – tenor sax

James Carter as Ben Webster – tenor sax

David Murray – tenor sax

Jesse Davis – alto sax

David “Fathead” Newman Jr. – alto sax

Don Byron – clarinet/baritone sax

Olu Dara – cornet

Nicholas Payton – trumpet

James Zollar – trumpet

Curtis Fowlkes – trombone

Clark Gayton – trombone

Victor Lewis as Joe Jones – drums

Geri Allen as Mary Lou Williams – piano

Cyrus Chestnut as Count Basie – piano

Ron Carter – bass

Christian McBride – bass

Tyron Clarke – bass

Russell Malone – guitar

Mark Whitefield – guitar

Kevin Mahogany – vocal

 

And here’s another one from Altman’s movie, ‘Tickle Toe’

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