ernie_henry

Ernie Henry: “Melba’s Tune”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcT9iooEpo I heard this pretty song -- "Melba's Tune" -- while driving the other night. I'm reasonably well acquainted with jazz, but never heard of Ernie Henry. My loss. He...
blue_mitchell

Blue Mitchell: “I’ll Close My Eyes”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMgjS_HkCKM Very pretty stuff. Blue Mitchell is on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on bass. Here is more on Mitchell: Richard Allen...
Dr._John_Dali_Lama

The Great Dr. John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33IujcZcurs We are very lucky that there is a tremendous amount of video of Dr. John on YouTube, and I encourage everyone to check it all out. Most of it is very good...
jabbo_smith

Jabbo Smith: The Other Great Trumpet Pioneer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e21_psaMzvQ Phil Schaap, the jazz historian and host of "Traditions in Swing" on Columbia University's WKCR, dedicates a late December edition of the show each year to...
ben_webster

Ben Webster: “Chelsea Bridge”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQJybhk47xU Nothing much to say about Ben Webster. The only thing to do is listen. The other players above, according to the notes at YouTube, are Stan Tracy on piano, Rick...
frank-sinatra

Happy Centennial Birthday, Frank Sinatra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHJ3iZpfBRI On the very short list of most important musicians ever. And, as is the case with people who change their field so radically, Sinatra's influence went far beyond...
eddie_durham

Happy Birthday, Eddie Durham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB7nl9sh3to Jazz trombonist, guitarist, composer and arranger Eddie Durham was born on this day in 1906. An excerpt from Wikipedia's profile: He was the co-composer (with...
Hubert_Laws

The Pretty Jazz Flute of Hubert Laws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBrl4ujR8I8 I am not a critic or a musician, but think that the pure and clean tone of Hubert Laws is tremendous. Perhaps not quite as well known as Herbie Mann, Laws, who...
charlie_shavers

Happy Birthday, Charlie Shavers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsGrbvy871I Charlie Shavers would have turned 95 years old today. Shavers, a jazz trumpet player who performed with all of the greats of his era, died at the young age of...
rudy_vallee

Happy Birthday, Rudy Vallee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiqclXgAFBQ Rudy Vallee would have turned 115 years old today. Wikipedia says that Vallee -- Hubert Prior Vallée -- "...was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen...