March Premieres

Every Sunday in March at 21:00 CE(S)T

Spring is here! Stingray DJAZZ celebrates springtime by premiering five vintage concerts: Michel Legrand and his orchestra, Maynard Ferguson and his big band, Joe Williams with the Count Basie Alumni Band, Earl Hines, and his Quartet, and Nat Adderley’s group. Every performance features top-tier jazz legends, who influenced countless generations of musicians. Legrand's stunning melodies, Ferguson's incredibly virtuosic trumpet playing, Williams’ unforgettable voice, Earl Hines legendary piano stylings and Nat Adderley’s soulful remembrance of his older brother Julian 'Cannonball' grace Stingray DJAZZ every Sunday throughout March at 21:00 CE(S)T.

 

SUnday, March 3 at 21:00 | Michel Legrand Orchestra at Spa, 1982

Known outside jazz circles mainly for his film scores, French composer, arranger and pianist Michel Legrand has had a long and storied career in music. Interpreters of his compositions include jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, as well as pop stars such as Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. During this 1982 performance in the Belgian town of Spa, Legrand leads his orchestra through a number of original songs, including “The Summer Knows,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and “Les Moulins de mon Cœur.” Singing either in English or French, Legrand delivers a spirited performance with plenty of romantic flair that is sure to capture your heart.

 

sunday, march 10 at 21:00 | Winter 1980: Maynard Ferguson Big Band in Brussels

The Brussels Jazz Club was filled to the brim with both musicians and audience members when the Maynard Ferguson Big Band performed there during their Winter Tour of 1980. From the first notes of the cover of Weather Report’s “Birdland” that opens the performance to the final notes of “Gonna Fly Now” that closes it, Ferguson gives his young sidemen ample time to shine. The mutual admiration shared by the leader and his sidemen makes this performance a delight to watch.

 

sunday, march 17 at 21:00 | Mister Joe Williams and the Basie Alumni Band

During its nearly fifty years of activity, the Count Basie Band developed into an institution. It’s little wonder, then, that some of Basie’s most famous past musicians decided to pay tribute as the Basie Alumni Band. Led by alto saxophonist Marshall Royal, the band features Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) and Harry “Sweets” Edison among others. On this night in the Brussels Jazz Club in 1980, we find the band performing classics such as “Stardust” and “Little Pony” before being joined by legendary singer Joe Williams, who gives us his highly personal take on the blues.

 

sunday, march 24 at 21:00 | Earl Hines Quartet in Spa, 1977

Despite his advanced age, the legendary jazz pianist Earl Hines was at the top of his game when he performed in the Belgian town of Spa in 1977. With a band consisting of Rudy Rutherford (reeds), Jimmy Leary (bass), and Eddie Graham (drums), Hines livens up the room with his interpretations of “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me” and “The Man I Love.” Marva Josie joins the group for soulful renditions of “A Sunday Kind of Love” and the well-known classic “Kansas City” before the set comes to a close with “Caravan,” which features a lengthy drum solo by Graham.

 

sunday, march 31 at 21:00 | Cannonball Adderley Brotherhood: Brussels, 1980

The legendary alto saxophonist and bandleader Julian “Cannonball” Adderley may have died way too early of a heart attack in 1975, but his music lives on. Leading a group of alumni under the name The Cannonball Adderley Brotherhood, the late saxophonist’s younger brother, Nat Adderley, revives his classic “Work Song” as well as George Duke’s explosive “The Black Messiah.” Cornetist Nat Adderley, pianist Hal Galper, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Roy McCurdy had all been members of Cannonball’s last working group. Here they team up for a performance at the Brussels Jazz Club with Sonny Fortune (alto saxophone) and Jerome Richardson (saxophones and flute).