COUNT BASIE Swingin’ the Blues, 1941 HOT big band swing jazz

3 December 2018 — YouTube

COUNT BASIE Excerpts from the oddly titled “Dance of the Gremlins” (thanks to mfb25890 & mbdavis10025 for the song I.D.), and “Swingin’ the Blues”, c. 1941. This is some of the HOTTEST big band swing of the 40s! Don Byas on tenor, Harry “Sweets” Edison & then later Buck Clayton, trumpet, Jo Jones drums.

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Remembering Jerry Gonzalez 1949-2018

21 July 2012 — Youtube

A tribute to the trumpeter, conga player and bandleader

United. Jerry Gonzalez y Pepe Rivero. Live at Clazz Latin jazz Festival 2012, Madrid

Lineup: Jerry Gonzalez (congas, trumpet) Pepe Rivero (piano), Reinier Elizarde “negrón” (double   bass) and Georvis Tip (drums) guest: Manuel Machado (trumpet) and Yuvisney Aguilar (percussion).

Trumpeter, percussionist and bandleader Jerry Gonzalez died on October 1, 2018 of a heart attack after a house fire at his home in Madrid, Spain.

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Duke Ellington – V.I.P. Boogie/Jam With Sam

2 May 2018 —Jazz on the Tube

“Ellington in 1962 performs a medley of two numbers”

In 1962, the Goodyear Tire Company sponsored a series of half-hour shows that showcased swing-oriented performers.

This color excerpt from the Duke Ellington program features baritonist Harry Carney and clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton in the spotlight during the medium-tempo blues “V.I.P. Boogie.”

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Remembering Bra Hugh Masekela

26 January 2018 — Jazz on the Tube

Hugh Masekela (April 4, 1939 – January 23, 2018)

Hugh Masekela “Grazing In The Grass” live at the Kuumbwa, March 24th, 2014

I had the pleasure, and the honour of hanging out with Bra Hugh on a number of occasions when I lived Johannesburg as well as here in London when he visited here. A modest and honest human being, who was the same offstage as we was on, and who dedicated his life, not only to the wonderful music of South Africa but to the struggle to free its people from the evil of Apartheid.

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