Saturday, August 16, 2014

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Summer 2014 jazz film festival, part 2

This week, we are once again in vacation mode, with a second installment of our summer jazz "film festival" offering a whole day's worth of online jazz videos for your viewing and listening enjoyment. In part one a couple of weeks ago, we served up a half-dozen documentary films about jazz greats.

In part two, the theme is simple: "editor's picks, in concert." And so, without further preamble, we present today's selections, starting up above with a full set by Miles Davis, recorded on November 16, 1971 in Turin, Italy with a band including Gary Bartz (alto, soprano saxes), Keith Jarrett (electric piano, organ), Michael Henderson (bass), Ndugu Leon Chancler (drums), and Don Alias and James "Mtume" Foreman (percussion).

After the jump, you'll find a solo concert by Duke Ellington, recorded for Australian television, date unknown; a performance by the Count Basie Orchestra, recorded in 1981 in Paris; and a complete performance by Herbie Hancock and an all-star band at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival.

The fifth video features a full concert by Ray Charles from 1975 in Madrid, and we wrap up with a complete show by Weather Report, recorded on September 28, 1978 in Offenbach, Germany and featuring Wayne Shorter (saxophones), Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Jaco Pastorius (bass) and Peter Erskine (drums).

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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