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Happy Birthday, Clifford, Horace and Hugo

Three notable birthdays today: Hugo Montenegro, Horace Silver and Clifford Jordan.

There is relatively little video of tenor sax player Clifford Jordan (born in 1931). This is a great version of one of my all time favorite songs, Leadbelly’s “Silver City Bound.” Here is Leadbelly’s version, with reminiscences about his exploits with Blind Lemon Jefferson. The jazz/old blues connection is interesting.

Jazz pianist Horace Silver (1928), unfortunately, passed away in June. Here is a post on Silver, which includes “Song for My Father,” his most famous song.

Montenegro (1925) most famously covered the theme for “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” which was written for the movie by Ennio Morricone and performed by Bruno Niolai’s orchestra. A fabulous version — played humorously but also quite seriously and beautifully on ukuleles — is here.

This Day in Music and All About Jazz were used to prepare this post. Cover image is by jessandinca