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Video Juke Box

Videos featured in 'Video Juke Box' section of our What's New page over the last six months.

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Nick Costley White Detour Ahead video

 

Talented guitarist Nick Costley-White brings out his Quartet's debut album Detour Ahead with the launch due at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on 31st July (click here). The other members of the Quartet - Matt Robinson (piano); Conor Chaplin (double bass); Dave Hamblett (drums) are musicians much in demand in the UK. Nick says: 'I'm really looking forward to this concert and to be able to finally release the album which I recorded with my quartet last year. It features my own compositions alongside arrangements of a few songbook standards, including Herb Ellis' tune "Detour Ahead", after which the album has been named'. Click here for another video of the Quartet playing Swing State Wig Wam and the Ram Jam club in Kingston. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

Pat Metheny Girl From Ipanema videoGuitarist Pat Metheny plays The Girl From Ipanema. The track is from the lovely solo acoustic album What's It All About. Pat Metheny says: '"People are often surprised to hear that this is one of the first songs I ever learned, but any beginning guitar student knows about the dreaded "F" chord; the first time you are asked to "barre" two strings together with one finger. For me, in that first week of playing the instrument, it was impossible to make my fingers do that. But by leaving the top string open and not doing the barre, you wind up with an F major seventh chord, which somehow I recognized as being the first chord of the tune I had just heard Astrud Gilberto sing with Stan Getz on TV around that time. I actually liked it better than the straight  "F" chord anyway!" This year Pat Metheny became one of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters, winning one of the most prestigious American awards, and he also received the PRS For Music Gold Award at the UK's Jazz FM Awards. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

March Of Time video

 

Valuable archive footage from 1937 featuring the spread of 'Swing' music and the (Original) Dixieland Jass Band. The film comes from a documentary 'March Of Time' feature. '... Music publishers and songwriters, finding that Swing music is ordinary music played with impromptu variations, meet the ever growing popular demand by grinding out routine tunes adding 'Swing' to every title. As the nation's new musical fever rises, Swing is accepted at Manhattan's ultra formal Rainbow Room. It is indispensable at dark Harlem's hot and noisy Savoy ...'. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Loz Speyer Inner Space Life On The Edge video

Loz Speyer's Inner Space - this video was filmed at Fishmarket Studio by Ewan Bruce. The album Life On The Edge was released on Leo Records in 2017 and the band - Loz Speyer (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet); Rachel Musson (tenor and soprano sax); Olie Brice (double bass); Gary Willcox (drums) - take the album on the road, along with new compositions and collectively composed music, for an 11 date tour of the UK – it started at the Verdict Brighton on 12 April, and finishes at the Vortex London on 26 June 2018 - click here for dates and venues. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

Fred Foskett video

 

Thanks to Brian O'Connor for suggesting this video of photographs by Brian 'Fred' Foskett. The music is a private recording of Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Colin Purbrook, Dave Green and Allan Ganley at the Farmers Club, Cambridge in 1986. Brian Foskett 1940-2017 was a professional industrial photographer who took his world class photos of musicians as a hobby. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Open Land Meeting John Abercrombie video

 

Open Land - Meeting John Abercrombie. We are still waiting for details of the release of this film that we wrote about last month and which "... offers an unforgettably intimate portrait of it's protagonist, jazz legend John Abercrombie who died in August 2017. This wonderful encounter is as poetic and atmospherically dense as Abercrombie's music. A labor of love and deep admiration, "Open Land" is a subtle and very personal portrait that gives an insight into the life and work of this outstanding artist. To glimpse genius on such an intimate level is nothing short of revelatory". What we do have now is the captivating Trailer for the film - click on the picture. (Featured May 2018)

 

 

 

Martin Speake Quartet video

 

 

The excellent Martin Speake Quartet is on tour during April and May with their latest album Intention. The Quartet with Martin Speake (saxophone); Ethan Iverson (piano); Fred Thomas (double bass) and James Maddren (drums) will play in various locations around the UK (click here). Here they are is a live performance of Blackwell from the album which is released on 20th April and which we'll feature next month. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Willie The Lion Smith video

 

Willie “The Lion” Smith was one of the “big three” of stride pianists of the 1920’s along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller. This edition of the British television series Jazz 625 from November 7th, 1965 recorded at the Marquee Club features Willie “The Lion” Smith still in prime form, playing distinctive piano, occasionally singing, and telling stores to the enthusiastic audience. There is some interference on the soundtrack at times and although the audio is in English, there are also French subtitles for the speech. Nevertheless, it is an interesting 30 minutes of Willie's stride piano and of Brian Brocklehurst (bass) and Lennie Hastings (drums) with him. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Cloudmakers Five The Exchange video

 

 

Cloudmakers Five - Jim Hart (vibraphone); Michael Janisch (double bass); Dave Smith (drums); Antonin-Tri Hoang (alto saxophone, clarinet); and Hannes Riepler (guitar) - released their new album Traveling Pulse on the Whirlwind label in February. The album was recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in London from where this live performance of The Exchange from the album comes. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

The Road To Southport Pier video

 

The Road to Southport Pier - A Jazz Odyssey 2017. This 54 minute video documentary comes from an original idea for an occasional series by Ray Knight, with support from Louis Lince, Fred Burnett, Trish and Derek Galloway, and Fraser McCombe. It reflects on the traditional jazz scene in the Northwest of the United Kingdom, preserving the historical sounds of the various bands as well as the individual players. This video will be enjoyed by lovers of traditional jazz now and in the future. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Quiet Thunder video

 

The video for the track Quiet Thunder from Dinosaur's forthcoming album Wonder Trail on Edition Records. The album is due out on May 4th (details here). 'Dinosaur’s second album is as electrifyingly different as anyone who knows Laura Jurd’s track record would expect. Never one to be labeled, the fearsomely talented and multiple award-winning Jurd has a Miles-like way of taking her work and tuning it to illuminate a vast array of musical worlds'. Dinosaur are Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Corrie Dick (drums). (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

Thomas Chapin Night Bird Song video

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin. On March 20th, film distributor Random Media and 'OlenaProductions announced the DVD, digital and VOD debut of the acclaimed documentary Night Bird Song by documentary director Stephanie J. Castillo. The film presents an intimate and engaging, music-filled showcase of jazz great saxophonist Thomas Chapin whose life was tragically cut short by Leukemia at age 40 in 1998. Chapin emerged in the New York City’s downtown scene in the 80’s and 90’s and was schooled by jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton and Jackie McLean. The documentary showcases Chapin’s brilliant compositions and work in a broad breath of genres that left music critics and fellow musicians alike amazed at his ability to bend the genre of jazz with innovative originality. Included in the 96-minute film is the Thomas Chapin Trio’s acclaimed performance at the 1995 JVC Newport Jazz Festival. Click on the picture for the trailer. Click here for details. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

Carlos Santana video on Miles Davis

 

 

Carlos Santana on Miles Davis. This intriguing 28 minute video comes from the DVD "Live at Montreux: Miles Davis". In it, guitarist Carlos Santana is interviewed about his contact and work with Miles - 'the supreme, divine, rascal ...'. (Featured April 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Benzie The Warrior Who Became A Tiger

 

 

The Warrior Who Became A Tiger is from the new album Little Mysteries by the Alan Benzie Trio: Alan Benzie (piano/composition); Andrew Robb (bass), Marton Juhasz (drums). The band has been on tour in Europe and the UK during February to promote the album which is featured in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra video

 

Rhythm Is Our Business. It appears that this might be the only known footage of Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra by Vitaphone from 1936. A correspondent says that the drummer is James Crawford; Joe Thomas is on tenor sax, Paul Webster on trumpet, Moses Allen on bass and the vocalist is Willie Smith (who also plays alto sax). The video also features The Three Brown Jacks and Myra Johnson. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Zhenya Strigalev Pinky

 

The 9th March sees the release on the Whirlwind label of Russian born saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's new album, Blues For Maggie with Argentian guitarist Frederico Dannemann; Mauritian Linley Marthe (bass) and American Eric Harland (drums). Click the picture for a video of a live performance of Pinky. The album will be launched at The Vortex, Dalston on 28th March. Details are in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Nabatov Video

 

Russian-American pianist Simon Nabatov plays Lady Sings The Blues by Herbie Nichols. The pianist has a new String Trio album, Situations, out on the Leo label with Gareth Lubbe (viola) and Ben Davis (cello). Details are in our Recent Releases section below. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Webster Sextet C Jam Blues

 

The Ben Webster Sextet playing Duke Ellington's C Jam Blues. The video, from 1959, features Buck Clayton (trumpet); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Hank Jones (piano); George Duvivier (bass) and Jo Jones (drums). This footage appears to come from a Jazz From Studio 61 recording at the Robert Herridge Theater, a half-hour dramatic anthology that ran primarily on educational television stations. One edition, "The Sound of Miles Davis", which Herridge referred to onscreen as "a story told in the language of music", consisted of an April 2, 1959, jazz concert by Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and the Gil Evans Orchestra at CBS TV's Studio 61 (click here for a video). (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

Pablo Ziegler Trio Jazz Tango

 

The Pablo Ziegler Trio has won the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" with their exciting release Jazz Tango (ZOHO).  Ziegler, who honed his piano and composing skills working with legendary fellow Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, has continued to develop the style of Nuevo Tango. This video is an introduction to the work. (Featured March 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Reuban Fowler Black Cow

 

 

The Reuben Fowler Big Band celebrates 40 years since Steely Dan's album Aja with this videod recording of Black Cow. Amazing personnel and a fitting tribute to Steely Dan. (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

 

Kit Downes Obsidian

 

 

Kit Downes has a new album out - Obsidian. Following their album Vyamanikal in which they recorded in 5 Suffolk churches in 2015, Obsidian finds Kit again playing organ with saxophonist Tom Challenger guesting on saxophone for this album released on the ECM label in January 2018. (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

Satchmo video

 

'We should get friendly. My name's Satchmo' ... and so starts this one and a half hour documentary video about Louis Armstrong. 'There are few people in this country, and around the world, who will not recognize the name. Louis Armstrong embodied 20th century American culture. No other performer of his era had such a profound effect as a singer as well as an instrumentalist. With over a dozen of his classic film performances, numerous television and concert performance as well as never before seen home movies and nightclub footage from 1935, this is the most comprehensive look at this American icon. (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

Elliot Galvin Red and Yellow trailer

 

 

Pianist / keyboards Elliot Galvin has a new Trio album out in January. Here is the trailer for Red And Yellow (there are flickering images at the start) . The album is reviewed in our Featured Releases section. (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

George Lewis Running Wild

 

 

George Lewis and his New Orleans Jazz Band filmed in 1959 playing Running Wild in a German jazz club. George Lewis (clarinet), Kid Howard (cornet), Jim Robinson (trombone), Joe Robichaux (piano), Slow Drag Pavagau (bass) and Joe Watkins (drums). (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

Riff Raff Challenger Deep

 

 

Another new release is Challenger Deep by Dave Manington's Riff Raff featuring Tom Challenger and Brigitte Beraha. Here they are playing live at The Vortex last year. Click here for details of the album. (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

Art Tatum Tinys Exercise

 

'I am just a piano player, but tonight, God is in the house' - Fats Waller on Art Tatum. In this all too rare video, the Art Tatum trio is warming up to Tiny's Exercise. Art Tatum had limited sight in his left eye and had severe cataracts (blurred/cloudy vision) in his right eye. With Tatum here in 1943 are Tiny Grimes (guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass). (Featured February 2018).

 

 

 

Anton Hunter Article XI video

 

After too long a break, Anton Hunter's Article XI have a new album out. We shall review it next month, but in the meanwhile here is a reminder of the band from 2014 playing Retaken at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. Anton has been busy playing with other bands in the intevening years and Article XI has recently been on tour with Cath Roberts' Favourite Animals whose album we review this month. [Featured January 2018]

 

 

 

 

Mezcla Jazz Nights At the Quay video

 

We recently reviewed Mezcla's debut album (click here). I really enjoy their music and here they are in a 'BBC Introducing' video from Jazz Nights At The Quay playing Malarone Dreams, Sami's Tune,Volta and Happy Monkey Dance. [Joshua Elcock (trumpet), Michael Butcher (tenor sax), Alan Benzie (keys), Ben MacDonald (guitar), David Bowden (bass and compositions), Stephen Henderson (drums) and Steve Forman (percussion)]. [Featured January 2018]

 

 

 

Kevin Mahogany video

 

Kevin Mahogany, who recently passed through the Departure Lounge (see below), is someone I had not really come across before. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Mahogany played baritone saxophone while growing up, performing with bands while in high school. He switched his focus to singing while attending Baker University. He mostly worked around in Kansas City during the 1980s. Here his impressive voice can be heard on My Foolish Heart and On Green Dolphin Street with the Ray Brown Trio [Kevin Mahogany (vocals), Ray Brown (bass), Larry Fuller (piano), George Fludas (drums)]. [Featured January 2018]

 

 

Hot Sardines Chicago

 

The Hot Sardines cooking In Chicago. Here is a fun video of Bourbon Street Parade with the young Hot Sardines from New York City. In 2012, Robinson Home Products brought The Hot Sardines to Chicago to entertain booth visitors throughout the day. In a surprise performance, at the Cooking Theater they used cooking tools as instruments while the audience was awaiting Paula Deen's cooking demo. Look for: CIA wood stirring spoons, CIA saucier lid, Moso Bambooware turners, and the brightly coloured Squish large funnel. [Featured January 2018]

 

 

 

Sam Leake Dan Tepfer video

 

Pianists Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer introduce their new album Adrift due to be released in May. The composition was originally written for 2014's Steinway festival, held at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club. The success of this performance led the pianists to record the album at the Yamaha Showroom in Midtown New York in January 2016. The album will be released on Jellymould Jazz in May 2018. [Featured January 2018]

 

 

 

John Coltrane Giant Steps animated music

 

 

Fancy playing John Coltrane's Giant Steps? If you can keep up with animated sheet music, give it a try! [Featured January 2018]

 

 

 

 

Gilad Atzmon Spirit Of Tane video

 

An introductory video for the album The Spirit Of Trane in which Gilad Atzmon,The Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet pay tribute to John Coltrane. Gilad Atzmon is currently on tour playing in December at The Lighthouse, Poole; Grimsby Jazz; Fleece Jazz Club Stoke by Nayland; and Stratford Upon Avon Arts House. Robin Kidson reviews the album in this month's review section below. (Featured December 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen

 

Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen 1959: This is said to be the only known motion picture of Beat Generation writer and icon Jack Kerouac reading his own work as Steve Allen plays the piano. Jack and Steve also made an album with Jack reading his work. Click here for Jack's 'Charlie Parker'. (Featured December 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraser and the Alibis

 

Fraser And The Alibis have just released their first album and we shall review it next month. Here they are playing On The Green at Sofar, London on March 31st, 2017. Great straightahead jazz. The Alibis have being playing together for a while having originally met at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They are: Fraser Smith (tenor sax); Joe Webb (organ); Harry Sankey (guitar); Gethin Jones (drums). Click here for their website. (Featured December 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Cherrie video

 

Here is a video of Morse Code from the forthcoming album Joining The Dots from the Mark Cherrie Quartet due out in December. Mark Cherrie plays jazz steel pan and here he is in the company of John Donaldson (piano); Eric Ford (drums) and Mick Hutton (double bass). We shall review the album in a future issue. (Featured December 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

Hubert Laws Sophisticated Lady

 

Flautist and saxophonist Hubert Laws was born on November 10, 1939 in Houston, Texas. His music covers a wide range of genres; he has worked with classical orchestras, small jazz combos, and even the jazz poet Gil-Scott Heron. He is regarded as one of jazz’s best flute players. In this 10 minute video he plays Sophisticated Lady and Corcovado with guitarist Russell Malone. (Featured December 2017)

 

 

 

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