Among our features this week are birthday tracks for two key jazz figures in the Commonwealth, Brian Brown and Stan Tracey, plus a selection from the recent recording Centennial from arranger and producer Ryan Truesdell, featuring newly discovered, never-before recorded works by Gil Evans.
Recent Bell Award Hall of Fame inductee Brian Brown celebrates his 79th today and we'll take a selection from his historic self-titled 1958 quintet album with Keith Hounslow, David Martin, Barry Buckley and Stewart Speer.
Stan Tracey, dubbed The Godfather of British Jazz, turns 86 tomorrow and we'll hear from his 1996 big band album Alice In Jazz Land plus a new release that documents one of tenor giant Ben Webster's first European concerts in 1964, from a recently re-discovered tape recorded at Ronnie Scott's in London with Stan leading the house rhythm section.
Also on the bill are the Anachronic Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet with Bob Wilber, Art Tatum and His Swingsters, Tal Farlow, Teddy Wilson, Sonny Clark, Phil Woods, Lester Bowie, John Scofield and the trio of Geri Allen, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette among others.
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Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973), a.k.a. "The Brute" or "Frog," was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, was considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as "The Brute", he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own...
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