The Agathe Iracema Quartet play Hit The Road Jack. Based in France, Agathe has a Brazilian father and gave her first concert at fifteen supported by singer Sheila Jordan. Agathe's website (here) is currently being updated.
Guitarist Stanley Jordan plays the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby at the 1986 Newport Jazz Festival. One YouTube commentator says: "I bought a guitar today then looked up Stanley Jordan. This video came up. I'm returning the guitar."
Some of the Eddie Condon band in 1964 play Singin' The Blues, that beautiful number so associated with the Bix Beiderbcke recording. Bix had apparently heard the number in a recording by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band from 1920 - here built into the middle of their version of Margie.
The Harper Trio plays the atmospheric Passing By from their recent album (featured in last month's Recent Releases). Greek born with Egyptian roots, electric jazz harpist and composer Maria-Christina Harper has brought together the trio with saxophonist Josephine Davies and drummer Evan Jenkins. In March they are playing at JazzLive at The Crypt in London and the Kino Theatre in Hastings.
Anna Mae Winburn and the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm - the first fully-integrated, all-female big band - play She's Crazy With The Heat in 1945
Many years later, here are The Jazz Avengers playing the Average White Band tune Pick Up The Pieces in 2022.
Here is another video showing how young people are getting involved in jazz. This the the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra playing The Chicken in Belfast in December 2019.
Billy Marrows' band Grande Familia play L'Heroisme from their new album Penelope. The album is dedicated to Billy's mother who passed away last year and all proceeds from the album go to the charity World Child Cancer. Further details are in this month's Recent Releases section.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman plays Chicago Blues with Gabrielle Cavassa (vocals); Aaron Parks (piano); Joe Sanders: (bass) and Brian Blade (drums). The number is on Joshua's Blue Note album Where Are We released last September. Listen to the album here; details here.
Violinist Tal Henry and his North Carolinians play Come On Baby in 1929. Although he doesn't seem to have had famous musicians in his band the North Carolinians were popular and continued playing a large variety of venues for many years. The Dorsey brothers would practice with them when they were in town and Tal Henry was with Glen Miller before Glen left on that fateful flight to London in 1944. You can read more about Tal here.
Saxophonist Erena Terakubo and guitarist Yotam Silberstein drop into Emmet Cohen's place to play I'll Remember April.
UK based vocalist Germana Stella La Sorsa released her new album Primary Colours on 26th January. Here is an introduction to the album. (More details in our Recent Releases section]
In March 2023, the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra prepares for a concert in Abbotshall Church, Kirkcaldy. Here they are playing Big Joe Turner.
Ray Noble and his band play a brief rendition of What A Perfect Combination and Goodnight Sweetheart to a Dutch audience in 1933. Al Bowlly takes the vocals and Ray Noble gives a very 'stiff upper lip' introduction for a band that includes Nat Gonella, Tiny Winters and Freddy Gardner.
Guitarist Carla Motis is featured in this video of When It's Sleepy Time Down South from the Sant Andreu Jazz Band with Andrea Motis and Rita Payes also taking solos. When It's Sleepy Time Down South is the subject of this month's Time Out Ten item below where you can also read a more about the song.
With the movie Wonka in cinemas now with the Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse song Pure Imagination still included, here is guiitarist Ant Law's interpretation of the tune. Ant includes links to both his lute and perfect fourths tuning.
Here's violinist Stuff Smith with Ella, the Oscar Peterson Trio and Roy Eldridge playing It Don't Mean A Thing from 1958. The picture quality isn't great but the swing is.
Ray Charles is usually seen playing piano, but did you know that he also plays a fine saxophone too? Here he is leading a band in 1963.
Here is an introduction to the new album from saxophonist Julian Costello's band Vertigo. This atmospheric track, The Whale, is well named. It will be part of a new album to be released in the Spring.
GYJO - The Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra play a fine version of Steely Dan's Josie in February of last year. Here is the link to their Facebook page.
QOW Trio (Riley Stone-Lonergan, saxophone; Spike Wells, drums, and Eddie Myer, bass) play Dewey Redman's QOW from their 2021 debut album. The Trio have a new album out, The Hold Up. Howard Lawes talks to Riley Stone-Lonergan about it here.