Ahmad Jamal: ‘Poinciana’

10 June 2014 — Jazz on the Tube

In my top ten list of jazz greats, Ahmad Jamal’s Poinciana was one the first albums I ever bought. Recorded in Marciac, France. Written by Nat Simon in 1936, “Poinciana” has since become a jazz standard. The Cuban folk melody “La canción del árbol”, “The Song of the Tree” – provided the inspiration for Simon’s composition.

Personnel: Ahmad Jamal, piano; James Cammack, bass; Idris Muhammad, drums

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Listen: Gil Evans Day – ‘Boplicity’

13 May 2021 — Jazz on the Tube

Gil Evans – May 13, 1912 – March 20, 1988

Arranger, composer, leader, and pianist Ian Ernest Gilmore Green (who became known as Gil Evans) was born May 13, 1912 in Toronto Canada.

Gil Evans began his career as a bandleader quite early, leading his own orchestra during 1933-38 which eventually became the backup band for singer Skinnay Ennis (for whom he arranged).

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Watch: Stan Levey – The Beginnings of Bebop

21 Jan 2020 — Youtube

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Legendary jazz drummer Stan Levey was not only on the scene for the birth of bebop music, he also played a significant role in its delivery. This documentary is a fascinating inside look at a musician who was both a participant and an observer, whose briskly swinging skills as a drummer were matched by an insightful understanding of the jazz history-making surroundings of his youth. Featured are commentaries from Stan and his contemporaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Hank Jones, Terry Gibbs, Nino Tempo, Bill Henderson and Charlie Watts. This is a non-profit video strictly made for the enjoyment and education of you the viewer. Produced by Arthur Shelby Pritz & Stan Levey. Directed by Arthur Shelby Pritz.
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Watch: The Wonderful World of Pianist Barry Harris

20 December 2020 — Youtube

Released Dec 15, 2020 on his 91st birthday

A short movie capturing the amazing synergy of Barry Harris & people. Filmed during the Barry Harris Workshop Rome, March 2019. Harris is 89 at that moment. Made with the ear of a musician, with the eye of a reporter and most of all: straight from the heart. A film by Heleen Schuttevaêr; video editing Hidde Kroonbergs.
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Watch: Return Sessions – Charlie Parker Centenary with Gilad Atzmon & the Sigamos Quartet – 27/08/20

28 August 2020 — Gilad Atzmon

Dear friends and music lovers:

Here is our last night’s Livestream from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club.

The reaction to the performance was astonishing. Many people were watching us live and shared their thoughts. For the musicians this was a very unique experience. We played in an empty club, yet communicated in real time with so many people around the world.
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An Improvisation 2004 – The Andrew Hill Trio

31 December 2019 — Jazz on the Tube

[One of my favourite artists. I actually met him in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1975. WB.]

A dynamic performance by pianist Andrew Hill and his trio

Andrew Hill (1931-2007) was a masterful pianist and a very original composer whose music fell into the avant-garde but was really in its own category.

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