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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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Juke Box




Kansas Smitty set video




Kansas Smitty's Adrian Cox and Giacomo Smith (clarinets), David Archer (guitar) and Will Sach (bass) play a joyful live 58 minute set starting with Blame It On The Blues filmed in October 2020. Kansas Smitty's have a new album out - We're Not In Kansas Any More. (Featured November 2022).





Josephine Davies video


Saxophonist Josephine Davies and her Trio play The Language Of Water at one of Jazz South's Radar Sessions in 2020. The piece is strongly inspired by living by the sea and incorporates both the peacefulness and intense drama of the elements. Josephine has a new ensemble of outstanding UK musicians that made their debut performance at London's Vortex in October. You can read more about her Ensō Ensemble here. (The Ensō circle is a Zen Buddhist symbol, traditionally drawn in a single brushstroke as a meditative practice celebrating the beauty of incompletion and imperfection, and the polarity of movement and stillness.) (Featured November 2022).





Frank Rosolino




A 25 minute swinging set from 1962 with trombonist Frank Rosolino. It comes from the American programme Jazz Scene USA introduced by Oscar Brown Jr whose early albums introduced him as a fine jazz singer. I was lucky enough to catch Oscar Brown Jr at the time in an outstanding gig a at the Prince Charles theatre in London's West End, but ...... (Featured November 2022).






Oscar Brown Jr Mr Kicks



........ There seems to be very little footage online of Oscar Brown Jr from that time, although tracks from his albums are on YouTube, but here is a video of him singing Mr Kicks, also from 1962. Try The Snake from his 1963 album Oscar Brown Jr Tells It Like It Is. (Featured November 2022).







Trish Clowes See Emily Play



Saxophonist Trish Clowes and vocalist Jim Moray play their arrangement of Pink Floyd's See Emily Play with the Orchestra Of The Swan. See Emily Play is based on the story of Pink Floyd's Sid Barrett, mid-trip, finding a girl asleep in the woods. The girl in question was the sculptor Emily Young. (Featured November 2022).






Dorsey Brothers jam 1947




Historical treasure. Here are the Dorsey Brothers jamming in 1947 - Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet), Art Tatum (piano), Ziggy Elman (trumpet), Charlie Barnet (saxophone), Ray Bauduc (drums), Stuart Foster (bass) and George Van Eps (guitar). (Featured November 2022).







Lulu Pierre Toxic



Lulu Pierre sings Britney Spears' Toxic with the Alex Webb Trio [Alex Webb (piano), Larry Bartley (bass) and Adam Teixeira (drums)] at Hampstead Jazz Club in July this year. [Featured October 2022]






Henry Spencer video



Henry Spencer and Juncture play Henry's composituon The Survivor and the Descendent with a string quartet in this video. During the summer, the band has been on tour in the UK and Europe and also venturing into playing with orchestras. [Featured October 2022]





New Paul Whiteman Orchestra video



Back in the 1970s Dick Sudhalter put together the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra. In this 21 minute video a selection of numbers remembering Bix Beiderbecke was recorded with various members of the Orchestra. They included many names from the UK jazz scene such as Harry Gold, John R.T. Davies; Keith Nichols; Peter Ind and Martin Fry - unfortunately Harry Gold's bass saxophone solo is cut short, but the video is a valuable source of reference from the time. [Featured October 2022]





Yass Ahmed Quartet


The Yazz Ahmed Quartet [Yazz Ahmed (trumpet & flugelhorn), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Dave Manington (bass), Martin France (drums)] played A Shoal Of Souls at the Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre in Bray in April this year. Click here for details of Yazz's forthcoming Quartet dates. [Featured October 2022]






Miles Davis So What video


This particular performance of So What by Miles Davis was apparently recorded in the six weeks between the two sessions that make up the recordings used on Kind Of Blue. Someone writes: "The version we hear here is the closest recorded performance to what you hear on the album, but this version has Wynton Kelly on keys rather than Bill Evans, and Miles plays two solos to make up for an absent Cannonball Adderley. I guess this was filmed in April, 1959 and broadcast on national TV in July, 1960". [Featured October 2022]





Alvin Roy



Alvin Roy's Reeds Unlimited with guest Trish Elphinstone play Counting The Blues at The Bullingdon in Oxford in 2017. Alvin Roy (clarinet and harmonica); Mike Wills (tenor sax); Stephen Law (drums); Roger Davis (bass); Trish Elphinstone (soprano sax). [Featured October 2022]






Pat Metheny videoPat Metheny plays Carly Simon's beautiful song 'That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be.' Pat says: "To me, there were always several interesting things about this piece, not the least of which is the way that she moves from root minor key to the major key just a half step above it so effortlessly in a way that is almost invisible. But also, I always just thought it was a great melody, with that big leap at the end of the first phrase. And form wise, the way it goes through this whole thing and then starts back up again to make the same build again. My take on it harmonically colors in some of what I always thought was implied in there." The number is on Pat Metheny's album What's It All About. [Featured October 2022]




Sam Braysher Little White Lies



Saxophonist Sam Braysher plays a fine version of the Walter Donaldson's 1930's song Little White Lies with Tom Farmer (double bass) and Josh Morrison (drums). The tune is on Sam's 2021 album Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man. [Featured September 2022]





Rob Luft One Day In Romentino



Here's guitarist Rob Luft with his beautiful composition One Day In Romentino from the album Life Is The Dancer. The band includes some of today's excellent young UK musicians: Joe Wright (saxophone); Joe Webb (piano); Tom McCredie (bass); Corrie Dick (drums). [Featured September 2022]





Benny Goodman Trio 1960




The Benny Goodman Trio - Benny Goodman (clarinet) with Teddy Wilson (piano) and Gene Krupa (drums) play Nice Work If You Can Get It in New York in this video from 1960. [Featured September 2022]





Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin at the Vortex



Always worth watching / hearing - Laura Jurd (trumpet) and Elliot Galvin (piano) were at the Vortex in Dalston, London in April with this creative, compelling version of Elliot's tune Mr Monk. [Featured September 2022]






Cy Laurie Ford Van



'Band Wagon' - This footage from 1958 of the Cy Laurie Band is from the Ford National Motor Museum. It is a promotional film for the Ford Thames Van. The comments on YouTube are mostly about the van. The band features Cy Laurie (clarinet) and Stan Leader (bass) - who are the others? [Featured September 2022]






Michel Petrucciani In A Sentimental Mood



The amazing French pianist Michel Petrucciani who tragically died of a pulmonary infection on January 6, 1999, at the age of 36, plays In A Sentimental Mood in Stuttgart in 1993. In September this year, Storyville Records are releasing an album of Michel playing Solo In Denmark in a recording from Silkeborg Church in 1990, which includes In A Sentimental Mood amongst other numbers. [Featured September 2022]





ARQ Half A World Away



Alison Rayner's Quintet ARQ play this powerful video of Half A World Away at the Vortex Jazz Club in 2021. [Featured September 2022]






Georgia Mancio The Last Goodbye



Georgia Mancio sings the lovely Last Goodbye with Kate Williams (piano); Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums). Georgia's compositions with pianist Alan Broadbent are something special, particularly when they are interpreted with good jazz solos like this. The Last Goodbye is featured on their album Songbook. [Featured August 2022]





Julian Costello Maciek Pysz Whispers



Here's another lovely tune, this time a duet by saxophonist Julian Costello and guitarist Maciek Pysz playing Julian's composition Whispers. [Featured August 2022]





Muggsy Spanier At The Jazz Band Ball



In the 1960s trumpeter Muggsy Spanier was featured in Ralph Gleason's television show with a gathering of other legendary musicians - pianist Joe Sullivan, clarinetist Darnell Howard and bassist Pops Foster - here they are playing At The Jazz Band Ball. Bob Mielke is the trombonist and Earl Watkins is the drummer. [Featured August 2022]






Tom Green Septet Between Now and Never


This video of Between Now And Never comes from the Tom Green Septet's excellent album Tipping Point. One YouTubecommentator sums it up well: "Brilliant track, great harmonies. I love the double ending. I've got this track on repeat at the moment - it's definitely the highlight of the album for me." Tom Green (trombone); James Davison (trumpet / flugelhorn); Tommy Andrews (alto / soprano saxophones); Sam Miles (tenor saxophone); Sam James (piano); Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) and Scott Chapman (drums). [Featured August 2022]





Smith Ballew I Wouldn't Change You For The World


In this video, scenes from the 1931 film Rich And Strange have been used over vocalist Smith Ballew's 1931 recording of I Wouldn't Change You For The World with Ben Selvin's Orchestra. "Though you're not an angel, You bring heaven near".... Smith Ballew was featured on a range of jazz recordings from the 1920s / 1930s, particularly when he sang with Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra (check him out with Tram and Bix on Louise). Ben Selvin's band members are not given for I Wouldn't Change You For The World but it is possible that the violinist Joe Venuti is featured as he played for Selvin at the time. [Featured August 2022]





Adrian Cox Joe Webb Keeping Out Of Mischief Now



Adrian Cox (clarinet) and Joe Webb (piano) play Keeping Out Of Mischief Now at Dizzy's Club in 2020. Joe Webb has a fine new album out, Summer Chill. [Featured August 2022]






Booka Brass Band video


As Series 4, Volume 2 of Stranger Things comes to screens on 1st July, let's celebrate Max's escape in the last part with Running Up That Hill - not the Kate Bush version, so high in the charts, but with this inspiring arrangement from the Booka Brass Band and Orla Gartland. [Featured July 2022]






Germana StellaLa sorsa at The Vortex



Germana Stella La Sorsa launches her album Vapour with this version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat at the Vortex Jazz Club in June with Sam Leak (Hammond organ); Tom Ollendorff (guitar) and Jay Davis (drums). Click here for our Tea Break with Germana. [Featured July 2022]





Red Allen Alex Welsh video



Here's Henry 'Red' Allen with the Alex Welsh band in 1964 and a rousing version of Rosetta. The sax player is Al Gay (not Cay)and the other members of the band are Fred Hunt (piano); Lennie Hastings (drums); Jim Douglas (guitar) and probably Ron Mathewson (bass) and Roy Crimmins (trombone). [Featured July 2022]







Martin Speake Kit Downes video



Where does the time go? This video is from nine years ago when Kit Downes' Trio (Kit Downes, piano: Calum Gourlay, bass and James Maddren, drums) brought out the album Light From Old Stars. So much has happened with each of the musicians since then. In this video they are playing with saxophonist Martin Speake at the Vortex Club in London on the lovely, appropriate number, Keep In Touch. [Featured July 2022]






Ravel and DeFrancisco video



Freddie Ravel and Joey DeFrancisco play a swinging, fun session in June at The NAMM Show in California (an annual event in the United States that is organized by the National Association of Music Merchants, who describe it as "the industry’s largest stage, uniting the global music, sound and entertainment technology communities"). Unfortunately the sax players are not named. [Featured July 2022]






Les Brown Lucy Polk video



Les Brown (and his Band of Renown) came to prominence in the 1930s. Here they are with Lucy Polk singing I've Got The World On A String. There is a fair bit of information about Les with the video, including the facts that Tony Bennett made his first public appearance with the band and that one of the other regular vocalists was Doris Day. [Featured July 2022]





Donald Smith video




Donald Smith, who passed through the Departure Lounge in April, plays and sings My One And Only Love in 2010. [Featured June 2022]






Lara Eidi Fones



Lara Eidi sings Fones with Dave Manington (bass) and Vasilis Sarakisa (percussion), a blend of world music including Greek, Arabic, Jazz and Contemporary influences sung in the original Greek of the poem 'Fones' (Greek for Voices) by celebrated Greek poet, Constantine P Cavafys. (The song is available from Bandcamp) [Featured June 2022]





Turk Murphy video



Turk Murphy and his San Franciso Jazz Band play Doctor Jazz, Terrible Blues and other numbers in this 14 minute TV broadcast from 1962 [Turk Murphy, trombone; Bob Helm, clarinet; Bob Neighbor, trumpet; Pete Clute, piano; Harold Johnson, tuba and Lloyd Byassee, drums] Trombonist Melvin 'Turk' Murphy came from California, played with Lu Watters and Bunk Johnson and became a popular feature with his own band in the 1950s and 1960s. He later was singer for a number of Sesame Street programmes. (The video comes to an abrupt end but most of it is there). [Featured June 2022]






Stablefolk Traveller



James Pettinger's band Stablefolk play the track Traveller from their debut album Unspoken Tales. See our Tea Break chat about the album below. [Featured June 2022]







Emmet Cohen Tea For Two


You might miss this video if you skip over this month's 'Lens America' item - and that would be a real shame! Pianist Emmet Cohen invited guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Obed Calvaire to one of his terrific 'Emmet's Place' sessions in May, and here they are playing a lovely version Tea For Two. (Russell Hall is the bass player). [Featured June 2022]







Harry Parry Sextet



Harry Parry and his Sextet play Honeysuckle Rose in 1947. Born in Wales, Harry played cornet, tenor horn, flugelhorn, drums and violin as a child and then took up clarinet and saxophone in 1927. In 1940 he was engaged by the BBC to lead the band for their Radio Rhythm Club show. He went on to record over 100 titles for Parlophone Records with his sextet, which included George Shearing and Doreen Villiers as members. Unfortunately, the line up for this video is not shown. [Featured June 2022]






Tom Smith




This is a really nice video of The Girl From Ipanema featuring saxophonist Tom Smith. It was recorded in 2020 during lockdown but the way it has been filmed you can imagine the band being together rather than playing separately. Tom is playing with Mike Higgins (bass), Ted Carrasco (drums) and Terence Collie (piano, and who was also responsible for the arrangement, audio and video production). [Featured June 2022]








Asaf Harris Reconnecting video



Israeli saxophonist Asaf Harris plays Reconnecting from his debut album Walk Of The Ducks released on 6th May. [Featured May 2022]







Meade Lux Lewis video



Boogie Woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis plays Roll 'Em, Pete (not Roll 'Em as stated) in the 1940s. As one commentator says: "Roll 'Em is a composition by Mary Lou Williams. This piece is titled Roll 'Em, PETE, written by Pete Johnson and Big Joe Turner (who is dubbing the actor Dudley Dickerson). Both boogies have long become standards." [Featured May 2022]






Smith George Arnold Forster video



Here is a great set from Giacomo Smith (clarinet), Daisy George (bass) and Will Arnold-Forster (guitar) beautifully videod at Kansas Smitty's in November 2020 (58 minutes and well worth putting time aside for - it includes a lovely version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes). [Featured May 2022]





Zoot Sims 1958 video



Zoot Sims swings I'll Remember April on tenor sax at the Cannes Jazz Festival in 1958 with Walter Davis, Jr. (piano); Doug Watkins (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). [Featured May 2022]






Snowpoet video 2021



Snowpoet - [Lauren Kinsella (vocals); Chris Hyson (bass, synth); Matt Robinson (piano, synth); Josh Arcoleo (saxophone); Alice Zawadski (violin); Rob Luft (guitar) and Dave Hamblett (drums)] play The Wheel recorded at The Cockpit in 2021 for the Sligo Jazz Festival. [Featured May 2022]





John Barnes



Popular UK multi-instrumentalist John Barnes sadly passed away in April. This video link is also in this May's Departure Lounge - it is an amateur video with a few spots of broken sound and not a very good picture, but here is John playing Tea For Two on baritone sax in 1987 showing what a great talent he had. [Featured May 2022]







Sophie Tucker video



Rare, short footage of Sophie Tucker, "The Last Of The Red Hot Mamas", singing No One But The Right Man Can Do Me Wrong in 1930. Sophie (Sofiya) was born in 1886 to a Jewish family in Vinnytsia Oblast, west-central Ukraine. She and her family moved to America in 1887, the year after Sophie was born. [Featured May 2022]







Algorithms video



Alison Limerick sings Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me with James Gardiner-Bateman (alto sax); Gordon Hulbert (piano); Andy Hamill (bass) and Jerry Brown (drums). [Featured April 2022]






Henry Spencer video


Henry Spencer and Juncture have a new video out featuring Henry's composition The Survivor And The Descendent with dancer Shanley Jorge-Elde. The band were playing at Ronnie Scott's club on 4th April. Watch out for a new album coming later this year. [Featured April 2022]






Don Redman Orchestra video


Don Redman and his Orchestra play Yeah, Man, Ill Wind, Nagasaki and Why Should I Be Tall in this Warner Bros short movie from 1934 with Benny Morton (trombone); Ed Inge (clarinet); Sidney DeParis (trumpet); Bob Carroll (tenor); Rupert Cole (alto) and Harlan Lattimore (vocals on Ill Wind) and 'Red and Struggie' singing and dancing on Nagasaki. (Does anyone know anything about Red and Struggie? Someone seems to suggest the name is mis-spelt and should be 'Shuggie'? All I can find is: "Red and Shuggie, an obscure Harlem vaudeville duo".) [Featured April 2022]






Omar and QCBA High Heels




Omar and QCBA (Quentin Collins and Brandon Allen) play High Heels from their recent album Live At Last. [Featured April 2022]






Sister Rosetta Tharpe video



Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lucky Millinder's Orchestra rip it up with Four Or Five Times in this footage from the early forties. [Featured April 2022]






Frank Rosolino video




This 25 minute video featuring trombonist Frank Rosolino comes from a Jazz Scene programme about Frank from 1962 and gives a fine musical profile of the musician. [Featured April 2022]







Trish Clowes video



Saxophonist Trish Clowes and her band My Iris play the title track of their new album A View With A Room at Ronnie Scott's club with Chris Montague (guitar), Ross Stanley (keys) and James Maddren (drums). [Featured April 2022]





Luca Manning and Fergus McCreadie Skylark video



Here are Luca Manning and Fergus McCreadie with a lovely version of Skylark. Fergus's new album Forest Floor is due out on the 8th April - you can get a taste of it here. [Featured March 2022]






Kit Downes Alec Harper Ferg Ireland video



Kit Downes (piano), Alec Harper (saxophone) and Ferg Ireland (bass) play a great set at Kansas Smitty's in December 2020. Kit's new album Vermillion with bass player Petter Eldh (bass) and James Maddren (drums) on the ECM label was released on 11th February. [Featured March 2022]





Claude Hopkins Barber Shop Blues



This short film from 1933 with Claude Hopkins and his Orchestra in Barber Shop Blues also features vocalist Orlando Roberson and The Four Step Brothers. Stride pianist and bandleader Claude Hopkins was born in Virginia in 1903. His Harlem band included Edmond Hall, Jabbo Smith and Vic Dickenson and he had long residencies at the Savoy and Roseland ballrooms and at the Cotton Club. [Featured March 2022]







Jon Batiste I Need You



Here is a joyous video for Jon Batiste's I Need You from his album We Are. Jon is currently caught up in controversy about nominations for this year's GRAMMY awards. [Featured March 2022]






John Kirby Musicomania



Bass player and bandleader John Kirby is here with his sextet in a video of Musicomania from 1947. The band featured an auspicious line-up with Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Buster Bailey (clarinet); Charlie Holmes (alto saxophone); Billy Kyle (piano); John Kirby (bass) and "Big" Sid Catlett (drums). Born in Virginia in 1908, John Kirby started out playing the trombone and then switched to tuba which he played with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestr, but he switched to double bass when the tuba fell out of favour. His band featured at the Onyx Club in New York and over the years he played with countless famous jazz musicians. [Featured March 2022]



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