Every Monday night throughout October at 21:00 CEST
Throughout October, Stingray DJAZZ brings you vintage recordings every Monday night. Rediscover jazz legends of yore in classic 50s and 60s concert footage featuring the likes of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and pianist Sammy Price and his All-Star Orchestra!
Monday, October 2 at 21:00 CEST | The Definitive Collection: Louis Armstrong
Decades after his death, Louis Armstrong's historical recordings are still unique and widely appreciated. Born in August 1901, Louis Daniel Armstrong is arguably the most famous jazz musician of the 20th century. He achieved his fame as a trumpeter, and then due to his singular voice, became best known as a vocalist. Louis recorded his biggest hit record in 1964, Hello, Dolly! The title song reached number one in the pop charts, and at 63, made him the oldest person to ever achieve that feat! Enjoy this definitive Louis Armstrong retrospective of various moments in his career, including a performance of Hello, Dolly! and many others in his brilliant collection.
Monday, October 9 at 21:00 CEST | Count Basie and his Orchestra live in Charleroi
Count Basie is one of the most important bandleaders of the swing era. With the exception of a brief period in the early '50s, he led a big band from 1935 until his death almost 50 years later. Basie's orchestra was characterized by a light, swinging rhythm section that he led from the piano, lively ensemble work, and generous soloing. Basie was not a composer like Duke Ellington or an important soloist like Benny Goodman. His instrument was his band, which was considered the epitome of swing and deeply influenced jazz. In this 1961 concert recording, Count Basie takes the stage in Charleroi.
Artists: Count Basie, Snooky Young, Frank Wess, Joe Williams, Joe Newman, Eddie Jones, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne
Video director: Serge Leroy
Location: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium
Monday, October 16 at 21:00 CEST | Charles Lloyd Quartet live in Brussels
Since 1960, the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd has lent his adventurous, lyrical sound to collaborations with likes of Cannonball Adderley, Keith Jarrett and The Beach Boys. His early and highly successful experiments blending jazz and rock music charted a path that led to the electric fusion of Miles Davis and The Headhunters, while his exploration of spirituality and transcendental meditation added a new depth to his sound. Lloyd moves from hard swing to subtle ballads, blending gorgeous textures and Eastern influences. This 1966 recording features Lloyd’s quartet, accompanied by Keith Jarrett (piano), Cecil McBee (double bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), playing some of Lloyd’s own compositions.
Artists: Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, Jack DeJohnette
Video director: Paul Roland
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Monday, October 23 at 21:00 CEsT | Sammy Price and his All Star Orchestra
Texan pianist Sammy Price (1908-1992) played everything from blues and boogie-woogie to swing and jump-blues. Starting in Dallas as a singer and dancer in Alphonso Trent’s orchestra, he went to Kansas to form the Texas Bluesicians. At the end of the 1930s, and as a house pianist for the Decca label, he backed many stars, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Trixie Smith. Price was equally at home playing the blues in a trio, or leading a bigger band playing the jump-blues people loved to dance to. In this 1958 recording, Sammy plays the Comblain-La-Tour Jazz Festival with his band
Artists: Sammy Price, Doc Cheatham, J.C. Higginbotham, Elmer Crumbley, Eddie Barefield, Jimmy Lewis, J.C. Heard, Taffy Dougla
Video director: Sebastian Lami Dozo
Location: Comblain-La-Tour Jazz Festival, Belgium
Monday, October 30 at 21:00 CET | Palais des Beaux-Arts: The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was composed of Milt 'Bags' Jackson on vibraphone, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. Milt Jackson and John Lewis were pioneer bebop musicians who had played together in Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 big band. They pursued separate careers before adding Heath and Lewis to form the Modern Jazz Quartet in the 1950s. Noted for its delicate percussion sonorities, innovative jazz forms, and high performance standards, the MJQ was an immensely popular jazz and third stream ensemble until its final concerts in the early 1990s.
Artists: Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath, Connie Kay
Video director: Serge Leroy
Location: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels