Jazz at the Philharmonic

Quite an all-star jam session

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Producer Norman Granz loved jam sessions and in his Jazz At The Philharmonic shows during 1944-60, he presented the greatest of the swing and bop soloists together onstage in the US and Europe.

In 1967, Granz had a brief revival of JATP including this concert which was presented on television by the BBC from England.

The all-star lineup speaks for itself: trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, flugelhornist Clark Terry, tenors Zoot Sims, James Moody and Coleman Hawkins (past his prime but worth seeing), altoist Benny Carter, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Louie Bellson plus bluesman T-Bone Walker.

This extensive show has performances of “Ow,” “Stardust,” “Yesterdays,” “You Go To My Head,” “Tin Tin Deo,” “Woman You Must Be Crazy,” “The Champ,” “Shiny Stockings,” “Undecided,” “I’ve Got the World On A String,” “Blue Lou,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Body And Soul,” a Louie Bellson drum solo, and “The Real BBC Blues.”

The performances live up to one’s expectations and it is not an understatement to call this classic music.

-Scott Yanow


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