Dave Brubeck, RIP

Dave Brubeck died today, I’m sad to say.  I’ve always had a soft spot for him.  A few numbers I’d mention are his versions of “Linus and Lucy,” “These Foolish Things,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “Le Souk.”  I shook his hand once, after a concert in 1987.

Rise- Herb Alpert

Mr. Herb Alpert & Mrs. Lani Hall and friends

Amanda Carr

Boston’s Amanda Carr is not only a vocalist, but a fine composer of jazz as well.   Her MySpace page highlights some of her originals; here are two YouTube samples.

If You Could See Me Now“- the notes on this video claim that Amanda Carr’s favorite movie is THX-1138.  Her music gives me a high opinion of her, if she’s a fellow THXnik I have an even higher opinion.

A promotional video for 2009’s “Common Thread

Charlie Parker

Some posts with embedded jazz videos were lost from this blog a while back; one featured the first clip below.

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie play “Hot House

All the Things You Are

With Miles Davis, “A Night in Tunisia

Regina Carter, Jazz Violinist

Regina Carter, with the Ray Brown Trio, “Lady Be Good

With the Lewis Nash Quintet, playing “Tico Tico

Georgia on My Mind

Matt Wilson

A while ago I posted a couple of videos features jazz drummer Matt Wilson.  I took that post down for various reasons, but here’s another.

The Matt Wilson Quartet plays “Arts & Crafts

Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts plays “The Scenic Route

Matt Wilson’s Carl Sandburg Project plays “Soup

Roberta Gambarini

Italian-born jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini is up for a Grammy in 2010; here’s her MySpace page, and here’s her record label’s page for her.  And here are some YouTube samples of her work:

The Sunny Side of the Street,” with the Willy Ketzer Quartet, from German TV:


Take the A Train

Wes Montgomery

Here’s a reminder of one of the all-time great jazz guitarists, Wes Montgomery. 

Willow Weep for Me


Round Midnight

I’m not usually a fan of Lennon-McCartney jazz covers; Montgomery’s version of A Day in the Life is almost the only one I do like.

Hilary Kole

A while back, I posted something here about jazz singer Hilary Kole, whose song “The Snake” sounds uncannily like Annie Ross.  I had to take that posting down when WordPress made some changes that made it unreadable.  Here’s another posting.

‘Deed I Do,” live at Birdland


Lullaby, an original song by Hilary Kole

Rise- Herb Alpert

Mr. Herb Alpert & Mrs. Lani Hall and friends