Big Band Jazz

Gil Evans With Jaco Pastorius – Live In Tokyo 1984 – Past Daily Downbeat

Gil Evans With Jaco Pastorius – Live In Tokyo 1984 – Past Daily Downbeat

Gil Evans Orchestra with Jaco Pastorius – Live at Under The Sky Festival, Tokyo – July 28, 1984 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Gil Evans with the equally legendary Jaco Pastorius, recorded in concert during the Under the Sky Festival in Tokyo on July 28, 1984. For those of...

Mel Tormè With Woody Herman – 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival – Past Daily Downbeat

Mel Tormè With Woody Herman – 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival – Past Daily Downbeat

Mel Tormè with Woody Herman – live at The Monterey Jazz Festival 1970 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Mel Tormè this weekend. Along with Woody Herman’s Third Herd, tearing it up at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival. Dubbed The Velvet Fog for good reason, the warm, luxuriant voice of...

Jay McShann – Live At Kool Jazz Festival 1982 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jay McShann – Live At Kool Jazz Festival 1982 – Past Daily Downbeat

  Jay McShann – live at Kool Jazz Festival 1982 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Jay McShann – the legendary pianist, band leader and singer would have turned 100 on January 12th of this year. His contributions to Jazz, as well as to the popularity of Jump-Blues are far-reaching....

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole And Nancy Wilson – Live At The Hollywood Bowl 1964 – Past Daily Downbeat

Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson – No On Prop 14 Rally – Hollywood Bowl – Sept. 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson, in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, part of a No On 14 Political Rally from September of 1964. This was...

The First Timex All-Star Jazz Concert 1957 – Past Daily Downbeat

The First Timex All-Star Jazz Concert 1957 – Past Daily Downbeat

– The Timex All-Star Jazz Concert – Dec. 30, 1957 – NBC-TV – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Live Jazz on radio had been around practically since radio was invented. But Jazz on TV was something new – and Jazz on Prime Time TV was even newer. One of the...

Count Basie On TheTonight Show 1955 – Past Daily Downbeat

Count Basie On TheTonight Show 1955 – Past Daily Downbeat

– Count Basie with Joe Williams – The Tonight Show With Steve Allen – September 28, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Further evidence the early days of TV were days of eclectic wonderment, this excerpt from an episode of the original Tonight Show, starring Steve Allen (before Jack...

Illinois Jacquet – Wild Bill Davis – Live At Birdland 1952 – Past Daily Downbeat

Illinois Jacquet – Wild Bill Davis – Live At Birdland 1952 – Past Daily Downbeat

– NBC Radio – Stars In Jazz – Illinois Jacquet-Wild Bill Davis – August 12, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A few notes from two pioneers out of Birdland this week. The legendary Illinois Jacquet, along with an appearance by Hammond-extraordinaire Wild Bill Davis from the Stars In...

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra  – On The Air – 1938 – Past Daily Downbeat

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra – On The Air – 1938 – Past Daily Downbeat

– The Camel Caravan With Benny Goodman And His Orchestra – Sept.6, 1938 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As long as I’ve been posting on the weekend Downbeat page, I’ve never gotten around to posting anything from the acknowledged Big Band Era of the 1930s – certainly no live...

Chuck Cabot And His Orchesta – Live From Houston – 1953 – Mainstream Pop, Pre-Rock n’ Roll – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Chuck Cabot And His Orchesta – Live From Houston – 1953 – Mainstream Pop, Pre-Rock n’ Roll – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

– CBS Radio – Chuck Cabot And His Orchestra – live from The Rice Hotel, Houston Texas – April 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As a distinct contrast between my Lennie Tristano post earlier today, I ran across this tape, and noted only a year separated the two....

Duke Ellington – Live In Zurich – 1959 – Past Daily Downbeat

Duke Ellington – Live In Zurich – 1959 – Past Daily Downbeat

– Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra – Live at Kongresshaus, Zurich – October 9, 1959 – RTS-Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Classic Jazz this weekend, from the mind of the inimitable and beyond-category Duke Ellington, along with his Famous Orchestra, recorded for posterity by Swiss Radio on...