Cherokee – 2019

Wynton Marsalis

The trumpeter leads a sextet featuring singer Veronica Swift

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Bebop is the language during this performance at 2019’s Jazz In Marciac.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis jams over the chord changes of “Cherokee,” coming up with an impressive flow of creative ideas.

Tenor-saxophonist Walter Blanding does fine on his solo and then Veronica Swift (24 at the time) takes over.

She sings the melody over a stop-time rhythm and then scats up a storm, clearly impressing the other musicians.

Pianist Dan Nimmer (accompanied by bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Francesco Ciniglio) gets a short spot before Marsalis drives the piece to its conclusion, showing listeners that there is still plenty of life left in bebop.

-Scott Yanow


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