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Prestige Records. To celebrate its 65th anniversary, Prestige is serving up a series of mini-documentary YouTube videos celebrating its artists and albums. The videos were created by Bret Primack. Here's one on Coleman Hawkins...
More Sam Donahue. In the wake of my post last week on swing bandleader and saxophonist Sam Donahue, Garth Miller sent along a YouTube clip that provides more detail about Donahue's Navy band...
Bob Dorough in New York. I last posted about Bob here. Next Thursday, June 26, singer, songwriter and pianist will be appearing at The Players on Gramercy Park South. For more information, go here. For tickets, go here.
West Coast jazz concert. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) concert, Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute are holding a concert on July 2 at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The very first JATP concert was held on Sunday, July 2, 1944, at the Philharmonic Auditorium, just a few blocks away. Performing will be Arturo Sandoval, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Bill Watrous, Carl Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Tom Ranier, James Leary and Clayton Cameron. For more information, go here. For tickets, call (562) 200-5477.
Ian Carey radio. On Sunday, jazz saxophonist and educator Bill Kirchner will host Jazz From the Archives, featuring the music of Ian Carey, a San Francisco-based trumpeter, composer and arranger. The show will air from 11 p.m. to midnight (EDT). To listen on your computer from anywhere in the world, go here.
The Civilized Cinema. In the early 1960s, London was going through a music upheaval. The country didn't have independent radio the way the U.S. did, so much of what you learned about the current music scene you read in magazines or heard about from friends. Then you tried to hear the music live or in record stores. Traditional (or "Trad") jazz was still popular, as was skiffle, a popular Anglican folk-hillbilly movement. But American rockabilly was gaining ground, as was R&B, blues and new home-grown big-beat sounds from Manchester, Liverpool and other major cities in Britain. Teens took sides, with "rockers" dressing in leather, "mods" dressed in preppie attire and "Teddies" dressing as Edwardian dandies. The different factions often clashed on public streets and had to be kept apart by the police.
This provides a bit of a backdrop to the 1960 film Jazz Boat, starring Anthony Newley, with background music by Britain's Ted Heath. Directed by Ken Hughes, Jazz Boat comes to us courtesy of reader John Cooper. Dig the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross-like vocals over the opening credits...
Oddball album cover of the week.
Gracious living? Not sure if the dance took place in the kitchen or someplace else before they retired to this lipstick-floored space for dessert. It seems two guys have been put to work while one has weaseled out of lending a hand by lighting a woman's cigarette and another has conveniently just arrived. The big mystery is what the aproned fellow with the smirk is saying by holding his hands just so. "Hey, uh, Bob. Wow, you caught me. Gosh, I feel about yay big right now."