DJAZZ Clash : Verve Sunday

August 13


Stingray DJAZZ digs any music under the ‘jazz’ umbrella. We ask our viewers: can you choose between the labels Blue Note Records and Verve Records? Both record labels have a rich history and are inextricably linked to the genre. Saturday, August 12 is dedicated to Blue Note Records, whereas Verve Records puts in an appearance on Sunday, August 13. Which one do you prefer?

Sunday, August 13 at 17:00 CEST | Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57

‘Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57’ features ‘The First Lady Of Song’ in a distinct performance. It's the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film. Shot in Belgium, this 1957 concert sees her performing with jazz greats Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones and the legendary Oscar Peterson on classics such as ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’ and ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’. Although she wanted to be a dancer at first, Ella Fitzgerald already listened to recordings of Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and The Boswell Sisters at an early age. After her debut at an amateur talent show in 1934, Ella joined Chick Webb’s Orchestra with which she recorded several hits; after Webb died, she became the leader of the orchestra. In the late 1940s, Ella Fitzgerald became known as the ‘First Lady of Song’, with her wide vocal range of three octaves. The American jazz singer was particularly appreciated for her pure tone, intonation and phrasing, and unparalleled improvisational abilities. In a career that spanned close to 60 years, Fitzgerald sold 40 million albums and won 13 Grammy Awards, mainly for her definitive interpretations of the Great American Songbook.

Musicians: Ella Fitzgerald, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Jo Jones
Producer : Sonuma
Video Director : Claude Misonne
Location: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Year: 1957

Sunday, August 13 at 17:40 CEST | Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny Stitt live at Cirque Royal

Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny Stitt live at Cirque Royal features a historic concert from one of the founding fathers of bebop. The 1958 concert features Dizzy working eloquently within the small combo structure of a quintet including such influential musicians as sax player Sonny Stitt and bassist Ray Brown. In the beginning of the 1940s, Gillespie already collaborated with jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke. Dizzy Gillespie led his own big band from 1946 to 1950. In that period of his career, he was a pioneer in the jazz scene, with music that combined jazz, Latin American and African American music. Gillespie wrote many jazz classics such as ‘Manteca’, ‘A Night in Tunisia’ and ‘Con Alma’.

Musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Ray Brown, Lou Levy, Gus Johnson
Producer: Sonuma
Location : Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Year : 1958

Sunday, August 13 at 18:10 CEST | European Tour: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

Wes Montgomery: Live in '65 shines a light on one of the most unique and influential guitarists in music history. These beautifully filmed programs from the spring of 1965 feature Wes, in intimate studio settings, leading three different lineups through some of his best-known tunes, including ‘Four On Six’, ‘Jingles’ and ‘West Coast Blues’. This rare footage, complete with rehearsals, between-song banter and closeup camera angles, illuminates Wes's extraordinary musical vocabulary and unconventional picking technique.

Musicians: Wes Montgomery, Ruud Jacobs, Pim Jacob, Had Bennink, Arthur Harper, Harold Mabern, Jimmy Lovelace, Rick Laird, Stan Tracey, Jackie Dougan
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video Director: Tom Gullota
Location: Holland, Belgium & England
Year: 1965

Sunday, August 13 at 19:35 CEST | Till Brönner - A Night in Berlin

Jazz that gets under your skin – and that's been captured for eternity. That's the quintessence of this virtually private gig held by jazz trumpeter and singer Till Brönner and his top-caliber musician friends Bruno Müller (guitar), Roberto Di Gioia (piano, keyboards), Christian van Kaphengst (bass), Roland Peil (percussion), David Haynes (drums), Samon Kawamura (turntables), Kim Sanders and Lan Nonneman (vocals), Dana Anka and Rebecca Thürmer (violin), Daniela Crisan (viola) and Phoebe Scott (cello). Produced with the highest image and sound quality the recordings faithfully reflect the unique aesthetics and sophistication of the music of Till Brönner and his band. "Till Brönner – A Night in Berlin" is a musical treat of the highest order. You become a part of an authentic, vibrantly emotional event and experience something that would never be possible in a live concert: up close to jazz giant Till Brönner, you can literally feel the enthusiasm and spirit that make Brönner's music so unforgettable. In his exclusive, 72-minute-long concert, Till Brönner presents original pieces and cover songs that he has newly arranged and is recording for the first time with band and strings.

Musicians: Till Brönner, Bruno Müller, Robert DiGioa, Cristian von Kaphengst, Roland Peil, David Haynes, Samon Kawamura
Video Director: Volker Weicker
Provider: EuroArts Music International
Location: Berlin, Germany
Year: 2005

Sunday, August 13 at 21:00 CEST | Kurhaus Scheveningen: Beets & Rosenwinkel

The Dutch world-class jazz pianist Peter Beets has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and John Clayton. From birth, Beets was surrounded by music: he heard classical music from his mother, who is a music pedagogue, and he heard jazz from his father, who was a great fan of Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. Although Beets’ parents originally did not associate the word “musician” with the word “career”, music is definitely in the family’s blood. At this concert at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, Peter Beets teams up with the world-famous guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. With a career spanning almost twenty-five years and including collaborating with dynamic peers like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, as well as esteemed jazz legends like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton, Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off of the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights, evolving the language in a way no other guitarist has since his arrival. This collaboration between Beets and Rosenwinkel guarantees brilliant music.

Musicians: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Beets, Frans van Geest, Joost Patocka
Producer: HVCP Videoproducties
Location: Kurhaus, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Year: 2015