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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Video: 15th London African Music Festival presents: LEKAN BABALOLA’S SACRED FUNK

15 September 2017 — Vortex Jazz Club

28 September 2017 – Book Online

Twice Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist Lekan Babalola is well known for his innovative musical style, using his native Yoruba tongue infused with traditional music, Afrobeat and funky dance overtones. Awarded his first Grammy in 2006 for performances on the late Ali Farka Toure’s album ‘In the Heart of the Moon’, he was awarded a second at the 49th Grammy awards in 2009 for his work as Associate Producer on the American jazz diva Cassandra Wilson’s album. World press has given him rave reviews for his percussive ‘wizardry’ and infectious grooves.

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