Ralph Gleason, “Jazz Casual”, and Cannonball

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet

Cannonball Adderley and his 1961 Quintet appear on Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual program

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Ralph Gleason, a major jazz journalist who in the late 1960s was a founding editor of Rolling Stone, hosted a series of half-hour jazz programs in the ‘60s called Jazz Casual.

This particular film, in addition to having the show that featured the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, begins with an eight-minute introduction that sums up the history of Jazz Casual.

Cannonball Adderley’s group is featured on “Scotch And Water,” “Arriving Soon” and Sam Jones’ classic “Unit Seven.”

In addition, Adderley is interviewed a bit and is as articulate and well-spoken as usual.


Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
Nat Adderley, cornet
Joe Zawinul, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Louis Hayes, drums

– Scott Yanow


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