Wednesday Jazz Classic: Everyone is no doubt posting and sharing “The Girl from Ipanema,” the iconic bossa hit, as they remember the singer, Astrud Gilberto, who passed away yesterday at 83. However, just for something different, here is the jazz/bossa classic “Corcovado (“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) released from the same groundbreaking album “Getz/Gilberto”, released in March 1964. Artists Stan Getz · João Gilberto · Astrud Gilberto · Antonio Carlos Jobim (also the song’s composer) all playing and singing here on “Corcovado.”
The album “Getz/Gilberto” is on all the lists of most important albums of all time, with multiple grammy wins and global acclaim at the time launching attention to bossa everywhere and certainly, Astrud Gilberto’s career.
Wednesday Jazz Classics shared this eclectic group of jazz, soul, blues, and R & B performers! Queen Latifa, Art Tatum, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Trio in Sept 2022! Click the links to hear the music on YouTube!
Wednesday Jazz Classics shared classic Latin jazz guitar with a lost concert from greats, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia , John McLaughlin, as well as a well-known TV theme made popular by Sarah Vaughan, and remembered Isaak Hayes in South Lake Tahoe, live, and a Halloween-themed hit by Frank Sinatra—all in Oct 2022!
It’s Wednesday! Your classic jazz groove for this week! Queen Ella and the Duke at the Cote d’Azur (Live at the Riviera)! Duke Ellington and Ella Fitgerald recorded live at the Jazz à Juan festival at Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera, between June 26 and July 29, 1966. Duke Ellington’s orchestra with one of Ella’s most brilliant scats! This song—and whole album—reminds you of why you love live music!
Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there or search through our posts for past selections.
“Blue in Green” Miles Davis & Bill Evans
Classic Wednesday Jazz—when you feel “Blue in Green”; posted on FB July 20, 2022
Most people agree now that the song was written by Bill Evans. (Some controversy there, because Davis continued to say he wrote it.)
• Miles Davis – trumpet • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone • Bill Evans – piano • Paul Chambers – double bass • Jimmy Cobb – drums
“In a Sentamental Mood” John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – “In a Sentimental Mood” for the July 13, 2022 Wednesday Jazz Classic! Song composed by Ellington (piano), brought into modern jazz by Coltrane (tenor sax).
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane released in January 1963 on Impulse! Records. Ellington’s song had been a standard hit in his performances but this collaboration brought Ellington into a modern jazz quartet performing standards and some new songs outside of his typical big band framework.
Here is this week’s Wednesday jazz classic! “I’ll See You in My Dreams” performed by Django Reinhardt, virtuoso guitarist in the “jazz manouche” vein. See this Wikipedia article for a deeper dive into Django Reinhardt and his music. Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there!
Ooh, Wednesday! Time for another classic jazz performance! Sarah Vaughan sings “Lullaby of Birdland.” While you are here, sign up for our Just a Touch of Jazz Insider’s emails to keep up with our music! Stay tuned for these posts for the weekly jazz classic sent right to your door, plus updates on our music, from Just a Touch of Jazz!
Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there!
Did you know we have a Facebook page? We’ve recently started sharing a weekly jazz song there every Wednesday. Check out our FB page and follow us to hear a recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic Jazz performance we want to share!
For those who can’t see the most recent song on Facebook, here is a YouTube link for the beautiful “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” by Billy Strayhorn, one of Matt’s piano and compositional influences. You can find the song on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ggmWs6T4iWQ
“A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” Billy Strayhorn
Stay tuned each Wednesday for a classic jazz performance recommended by Susan & Matt!
“Armando’s Rhumba” Eliane Elias & Chick Corea
Jazz pianists Eliane Elias and Chick Corea perform “Armando’s Rhumba” from Eliane’s Grammy-winning album MIRROR MIRROR, recorded soon before Corea’s death. https://youtu.be/W99lDFeowpI
Provided to YouTube by Columbia/Legacy West End Blues · Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five The Essential Louis Armstrong ℗ Originally released 1928. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Released on: 1979-12-28 Producer: Unknown Trumpet, Vocal: Louis Armstrong Composer, Lyricist: Clarence Williams Banjo: Mancy Carr Composer, Lyricist: J. Oliver Drums: Zutty Singleton Piano: Earl Hines Clarinet: Jimmy Strong Trombone: Fred Robinson
Our Facebook page will be posting a YouTube gem from the jazz & blues archive every Wednesday. The first song to drop on our page is “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five, featuring Earl Hines (piano), Jimmy Strong (clarinet), Fred Robinson (trombone), Mancy Carr (banjo), and Zutty Singleton (hand cymbals). CD audio source, issued on 78rpm: OKeh 8597 & other labels – West End Blues (Oliver) by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, scat vocal by Louis Armstrong, recorded in Chicago June 28, 1928,
Listen for Armstrong’s opening solo improv, his high note that extends for four measures in the chorus, his less than scratchy and more youthful vocal scatting, and the free and lovely piano playing of pianist Earl Hines, among other things.
Look for a monthly summary of our Wednesday Jazz Classics posted here!
Matt Dorland & Susan LaVelle
Susan & Matt are songwriters performing original music drawn from jazz, Latin, blues, and pop, plus standards from the Great American Songbook.