Weekend Wax Bits - JazzWax

« Artie Shaw: Perfection Quest | Main | Interview: Rudy Van Gelder (Part 1) »

February 11, 2012


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

John L Reynolds

Love the Basie clip - anyone have an idea when it was recorded and who the other band members were?


The drummer is Harold Jones. If you type in the search "Count Basie, Harold Jones, Eddie Lockjaw Davis", you will bump into a CD.

From Amazon:

"This is probably Basie's best band and Nestico the best writer/arranger he ever had. Harold Jones does some fine drumming along with some great musicians like Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Charles Fowlkes, and Freddie Green just to name a few.

The Count even playes the organ on "That Warm Feeling". What you hear on this cd is just plain good music played by the best.....Count Basie. Well worth owning!"

Rab Hines

Well, the presence of Davis and Harold Jones would "narrow" it down to 1968 -1972, and 'Whirly Bird' was a regular in his live performances.

Best guess is that it was at one of the French festivals in '68, Juan-les-Pins or Antibes. The apparent absence of Vi Redd would point more likely to Antibes. One othe possibility might be New Orleans in June of '69 - but I'd still guess Antibes.

Just a guess.

Band members at the time would include Marshall Royal, Gene Coe, and Oscar Brashear.


Maybe, they played Cannes, Nice, or Saint-Tropez, who knows?

T.K. Tortch

One thing I love about Basie is how you can roughly divide his career into two different versions of big-band Swing; the ad-hoc, relaxed, deceptively casual pre-war outfit and the blasting locked-in swing machine of the post war years. They both swing, madly, but in different flavors. Except Basie's piano - that threads right through both of them pretty much unchanged. I guess the music was swinging around him.

Re Rab's comment above, and speaking of "locked-in", alto saxophonist Marshall Royal sat in the lead chair and is legendary amongst sax players for running a drill-perfect reed section and getting the musicians to run it that way with a firm but light touch.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Marc Myers writes on music and the arts for The Wall Street Journal. He is author of "Why Jazz Happened" (Univ. of Calif. Press). Founded in 2007, JazzWax was named the 2015 "Blog of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Marc Myers Mug (resized)

Contact me

Subscribe Free

Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Search JazzWax

  • JazzWax

JazzWax Interviewed

WSJ Articles

JazzWax Interviews

Audio Note

  • Audio clips that appear below JazzWax posts support editorial content that links readers directly to Amazon and other third-party music retailers.

Marc Myers on Video

JATP Programs

Jazz Book!

  • Click cover to order