Recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on November 25, 1960 — directed by Jean-Christophe Averty. Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Benny Carter, alto saxophone; Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone; Lalo Schifrin, piano; Sam Jones, string bass; Jo Jones, drums.
Brought to you through the kind diligence of the indefatigable Franz Hoffmann.
TAKE THE “A” TRAIN:
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA:
I don’t have my Verve recordings of the JATP in Europe tour to compare these with, but even if the television broadcasts are identical to the recordings, what rapture to see these men in their prime! (And even if Jo’s lengthy solo on INDIANA was by this time a set-piece, how remarkable to have it on film to see and study.)
Yes, giants did walk the earth. Tell it to the children.
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Franz Hoffmann, JATP, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Jazz Lives, Jean-Christophe Averty, Jo Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Michael Steinman, Norman Granz, Roy Eldridge, Salle Pleyel, Sam Jones
Bucky Pizzarelli was born on January 9, 1926. Ordinarily I don’t devote JAZZ LIVES to birthday celebrations — but it seems right to celebrate Bucky at 89.
I have experienced the several sides of Mr. Pizzarelli: the man who likes to play tender unaccompanied ballads; the great duet player who summons up a whole guitar tradition from its Italian roots to Dick McDonough, Charlie Christian, and his once-partner George Barnes; the swinging rhythm wizard . . . and the showman who is not happy until the audience is standing and hollering. It is this last Bucky (a beloved and infallible rabble-rouser) that I celebrate here, with a version of SING SING SING recorded at the 2014 Atlanta Jazz Party, with the help of Ed Metz, drums; Paul Keller, string bass; Allan Vache, clarinet; John Cocuzzi, vibraphone:
Bucky played often with Benny Goodman, so he knows the routine. I might also mention Gene Krupa (celebrated by Mr. Metz) and the much-missed Jess Stacy and Harry James. But Bucky directs traffic — and we are all glad. Thank you for being so entertaining and so durable. Bucky won’t see this blog . . . but he knows he’s well and truly loved.
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged Allan Vache, Atlanta Jazz Party, Benny Goodman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Charlie Christian, Dick McDonough, Ed Metz, George Barnes, guitar, Harry James, Jazz Lives, Jess Stacy, John Cocuzzi, Michael Steinman, Paul Keller, SING SING SING