Stacey Kent sings Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen's If You Go Away from her new album Summer Me, Winter Me. Songwriter Rod McKuen seems to be largely forgotten these days although his songs are still sung; Frank Sinatra recorded a whole album of them [Details of the album are here] .
Great playing from all of Thelonious Monk's Quartet in this video of Bolivar Blues from 1963 - Thelonious Monk (piano); Charlie Rouse (tenor sax); Frankie Dunlop (drums); Butch Warren (bass). The tune appears on the album Monk's Dream by the same Quartet which many see as the best combo Monk had been involved with for several years.
In this video Trumpeter Bunny Berigan plays and sings Until Now with the Freddie Rich Band in 1936. Having spent short periods with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Paul Whiteman, in 1937 Bunny formed his own big band and had a hit with I Can't Get Started. Sadly, he was also an alcoholic. His bands each lasted for only a few years and he passed away in 1942 at the age of 33.
The outstanding jazz violinist Benet McLean plays Blue Fingers from his impressive new album Green Park: Benet McLean (violin); Duncan Eagles (tenor sax); Liam Dunachie (organ); Rio Kai (bass) and Zoe Pascal (drums). [Details of the album are here]
Here is an introduction to the new album from pianist Terence Collie's Quartet that will be released early in December. It is intriguingly entitled 384,400, (the distance in kilometers to the moon), [Details of the album are here].
France 1952 and a band featuring Sidney Bechet (soprano sax) and Claude Luter (clarinet) play Les Oignons. This was a popular tune at the height of the 'Trad Revival' where crowds of young people went to gigs and in this tune would all shout "Onions" in the pauses.
Saxophonist Simon Spillett plays Spring Can Really Hang You Out The Most in 2022 at Dawkes Music with Rob Barron (piano) Alec Dankworth (bass) and Pete Cater (drums). You will find these palyers among the Big Band Simon has put together for a new album Dear Tubby H paying tribute to Tubby Hayes. [Details of the album are here]
Here are Ivo Neame (piano) and Jim Rattigan (French horn) playing Reverie from Jim's new album collection Duos released on 20th October. The release is a box set of 3 albums, this one with Ivo Neame is from Dialogues. The other duo albums are You Must Believe In Spring where Jim Rattigan is with Nick Costley-White (guitar) and Thelonious Monk with Hans Koller (piano).
From 2019 comes this video of some fine playing of Art Pepper's Straight Life from Sam Braysher (saxophone); Miguel Gorodi (trumpet); Calum Gourlay (bass) and David Ingamells (drums) at The Oxford Tavern in London's Kentish Town.
Yussef Dayes is a jazz drummer based in South London. Dave Parry suggests we should listen to Yussef's new album Black Classical Music and here is a video of the band featuring bass guitarist Rocco Palladino playing Tioga Pass from the album.
Roy Fox and his Montmartre Cafe Orchestra play Louisiana in 1929. Unfortunately the personnel are not named but the video on Vitaphone captures the spirit of dance bands at the end of the 1920s.
Violinist Tobie Medland's band play Alice in Wonderland from Tobie's new album The Aviary released in July .
Here is Tuba Skinny with Cannon's Jug Stompers' 1928 Going To Germany at the Telluride Jazz Festival in October.
Saxophonist Asha Parkinson plays Gürcü Kızı at St Anne's, Lewes in 31st August 2023 in the company of her Kalpadruma Trio musicians - Charlie Heywood (guitar) and Joe Parks (cajon). An article by Howard Lawes about Asha and her Kalpadruma project is featured this month here.
The late Eva Cassidy sings a fine version Andy Razaf and Fats Waller's Honeysuckle Rose at the Blues Alley jazz club on 3rd January 1996. Check out our Take Two article this month.
Here is a video that for me is all about interaction and concentration. A very hot Miles Davis plays Human Nature with vocalist Chaka Khan at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1989. Note the concetration of bass guitarist Benny Rietveld.
This short introductory video is from Shear Brass for their new album Celebrating Sir George Shearing.
Rebecca Poole sings I Wouldn't Change A Thing from her upcoming album Dreamer's Ball with Mark Edwards (piano); Loz Garratt (bass); Evan Jenkins (drums) and Dom Stockbridge (bass)
Clark Terry joins the Oscar Peterson Trio on flugelhorn in the 1960s for an outstanding rendering of Mack The Knife.
Ice Cream was a hit song for the Chris Barber band in the 1950s. This seems to be the earliest video available of the band playing it in 1972 on the German TV Show "Musikladen". Apart from Chris and Pat Halcox I am unsure of the other musicians. (Alvin Roy tells me the clarinettist is John Crocker)
In a news item above, I say that American vocalist Jack Jones 'has never really been seen as a Jazz singer", but he has impeccable timing and phrasing with a big band. One YouTube commentator says he has "jazz running through his veins". Perhaps this 45 minute video from 1976 illustrates the point.