With Buster Bailey, Stuff Smith and Roy Eldridge
Art Ford’s Jazz Party
ROY ELDRIDGE, BUCK CLAYTON, GEORGIE AULD, STUFF SMITH AND BUSTER BAILEY ARE AMONG THE STARS ON FIVE SWING SONGS FROM 1958
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The Art Ford Jazz Party was a weekly 90-minute all-star jazz jam session that was televised in 1958.
Only a few of the broadcasts still exist with the five songs from Oct. 9, 1958 featuring some of the finest performances.
After a brief “Basin Street Blues” (used as a theme), the band jams on a lengthy “C-Jam Blues,” features clarinetist Buster Bailey on “Rose Room” (with a bit of “In A Mellotone” at its end), has Bill Henderson singing “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home,” and finishes this segment with a heated “Stompin’ At The Savoy.”
With such brilliant players as Bailey, both Buck Clayton and Roy Eldridge on trumpets, tenor-saxophonist Georgie Auld, the immortal violinist Stuff Smith, vibraphonist Harry Sheppard, pianist Johnny Guarnieri, bassist Vinnie Burke and drummer Osie Johnson (well featured on “Savoy”) comprising the band, it is no surprise that plenty of swinging sparks fly.
Buck Clayton, trumpet
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Urbie Green, trombone
Buster Bailey, clarinet
Georgie Auld, tenor
Stuff Smith, violin
Harry Sheppard, vibes
Johnny Guarnieri, piano
Vinnie Burke, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Bill Henderson, vocals
– Scott Yanow