Big Band Jazz

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...

Ralph Flanagan Band – 1950 – Past Daily Downbeat

Ralph Flanagan Band – 1950 – Past Daily Downbeat

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Ralph Flanagan Band – CBS Radio – September 19, 1950 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. I haven’t posted any Big Band in a while. If you discount Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington, then I really...

Jaki Byard – Live At The Public Theatre, New York – 1979 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jaki Byard – Live At The Public Theatre, New York – 1979 – Past Daily Downbeat

  . . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Jaki Byard – In Concert at The Public Theatre,NYC – 1979 – NPR-Jazz Alive The legendary Jaki Byard this week. In concert,featuring solo work, his quartet and his big band, The Apollo Stompers, in concert at...