West Coast Sunday

June 11


When it comes to jazz, some like it hot, and others prefer to keep it cool.  During the weekend of June 10 and 11, Stingray DJAZZ presents a battle between West and East Coast jazz.  After the frenetic bop sounds of Saturday, Sunday, June 11 is an opportunity to cool off as Stingray DJAZZ broadcasts stellar performances by Dave Brubeck (21:05 CEST), Stan Getz (16:35 CEST), Chet Baker (18:25 CEST), and other cool jazz pioneers.

In the 1940s, when big bands went out of style and the swing era ended, new forms of jazz emerged on the American east and west coasts. Played by smaller ensembles, these new styles became known as West Coast jazz and East Coast jazz, the musicians themselves rarely distinguishing between the two.

It took the public time to get accustomed to the energetic and virtuoso East Coast bop sounds of 1950s New York. West Coast jazz offered an attractive alternative, with a more laid-back West Coast jazz and its subgenre cool jazz flourishing in the Los Angeles area.

Cool jazz relied heavily on arrangements and composition. West Coast jazz ensembles often consisted of an unusual number of musicians. Instead of the familiar trio and quartet formats, this genre preferred octets and nonets, and favoured exotic instruments such as French horns, flutes, tubas, and vibraphones.

Popular West Coast ensembles included the quartets of pianist Dave Brubeck (18:45 CEST) and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Brubeck brought his jazz groups to university campuses, finding a new audience in the process. In the 1950s, West Coast jazz was often criticized for being “too white”.

Many artists who worked with Gerry Mulligan are considered West Coast jazz musicians. Among them are trumpeter Chet Baker (17:30 CEST), saxophonist Stan Getz (15:35 CEST) and bassist Ray Brown (22:15 CEST). In 1953, Baker and Getz recorded their joint album West Coast Live!

Stingray DJAZZ West Coast Jazz Sunday also features concerts by the Charles Mingus Sextet (14:05 CEST) and the Bill Evans Trio (23:15 CEST).  

Sunday, June 11 at 14:05 CEST | Charles Mingus Sextet: The Jazz Workshop

Charles Mingus: Live in '64 showcases three exceptional concerts performed in April 1964 featuring his most celebrated line-up: Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Clifford Jordan (tenor sax) and the great Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute and bass clarinet). Recorded within an eight-day span, less than three months before Dolphy's death, the three concerts showcase Mingus' visionary leadership and the band's incredible depth and diversity with unique performances and arrangements of classics including So Long Eric and the groundbreaking Meditations On Integration.

Musicians: Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Coles, Jaki Byard, Dannie Richmond
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota

Location: Palais des Congrés, Liège, Belgium
Year: 1964

Sunday, June 11 at 15:35 CEST | New Orleans: Jack Sheldon and his All-Stars

At this live 1984 performance at Lulu White’s Mahogany Hall in New Orleans, veteran jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor Jack Sheldon and his all-star ensemble perform a program of straight-ahead jazz pieces that finds them sizzling no end. Together with his stellar band of pianist Dave Frishberg, guitarist John Pisano, bassist Dave Stone, and drummer Frank Capp, Sheldon works his way through a magically swinging Don't get around much anymore followed by a heartfelt rendition of a Spanish arrangement of Historia De Un Amor. After several standards, a lovely interpretation of Jobim’s Corcovado paves the way for a high-energy set closer, The Joint is Jumpin’, which is illustrative of the irrepressible swing that this jazz icon’s concerts have been bringing to his audiences ever since he first picked up his trumpet in the early 1950s.

Musicians: Jack Sheldon, John Pisano, David Frishberg, Frank Capp, Dave Stone
Producer: John Shoup
Video director: John Beyer
Location: New Orleans, U.S.A.
Year: 1984

Sunday, June 11 at 16:35 CEST | Stan Getz: The Last Recording

Regarded as the greatest instrumental soloist of all-time, Stanley Gayetzky, famously known as Stan Getz emerged as one of the most significant musical forces in the world of jazz post World War II. With his distinctively warm and lyrical tone, Getz is fondly dubbed as ‘The Sound’ because of his singularity and musical innovations. His commitment to music is evident from his long body of work that includes over 300 pieces of musical compositions. Ranked among America’s top tenor saxophone players, Getz was a gifted saxophonist who could play just about anything on it, a quality that put him on top of the polls. He is accredited for playing some of the best jazz with some of the best jazzmen in the country. However, his personal life was a rollercoaster ride — tumultuous and loused up by abjection, alcohol, addiction and furious flare-ups.

Musicians: Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Eddie Del Barrio, Frank Zottoli, Alex Blake, Terru Lyne Carrington
Producer: EuroArts Music International, Dieter Hens
Video director: Dieter Hens

Location: Münchner Klaviersommer, Munich, Germany
Year: 1990

Sunday, June 11 at 18:25 CEST | West Coast School of Cool Jazz: Chet Baker

Chet Baker: Live in '64 & '79 features two concerts by the foremost interpreter of the West Coast school of cool jazz. Filmed in Europe 15 years apart, these two shows seen together provide an overview of Baker’s illustrious career. The first show is a haunting 1964 performance in a Belgian TV studio with a quartet including long-time sidemen saxophonist Jacques Pelzer and French pianist Rene Urtreger. Songs include the Miles Davis classic So What, and the jazz standard Time After Time (a very rare rendition featuring Chet’s ‘Cool’ vocal style). The soulful 1979 set from Norway, with a trio featuring vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid, highlights the growth and maturity of this troubled but inspiring artist.

Musicians: Chet Baker, Jacques Pelzer, René Urtreger, Luigi Trussardi, Franco Manzecchi, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Michel Graillie, Jean Louis Rassinfoss
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota

Location/Year: Belgium (1964) & Norway (1979)

Sunday, June 11 at 19:40 CEST | Jazz Open Stuttgart: West Coast All Stars

This live recording is celebrating 50 years of West Coast Jazz. The West Coast Jazz movement had its origins about 50 years ago in Los Angeles. It was essentially a ‘cool’ form of jazz played mostly by studio musicians as a break from their studio work. The West Coast All Stars are specially brought together for this West Coast Night. The performance shows some of the most important early pioneers of this style of jazz - including legends such as Conte Candoli, Carl Fontana and Teddy Edwards. Jazz writer and critic Alan Morgan about this concert: “Altogether a very impressive experience. These guys are all real jazz pros who can turn in a masterly performance at the drop of a hat. Who said West Coast Jazz was cold and sterile? These guys can churn up enough excitement to bring any audience to its feet."

Musicians: West Coast All Stars, Conte Candoli, Carl Fontana, Teddy Edwards, Pete Jolly, Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera
Producer: EuroArts Music International, SWR
Video director: Bob Coles

Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Year: 2001

Sunday, June 11 at 21:05 CEST | Dave Brubeck Quartet: Live in '64 & '66

Dave Brubeck: Live in '64 & '66 boasts two beautifully filmed concerts from one of the most beloved quartets in jazz history. Captured at the pinnacle of their power and popularity, Paul Desmond (alto sax), Joe Morello (drums), Eugene Wright (bass) and Dave Brubeck (piano) explore the trails they blazed into the realm of odd time signatures with Forty Days and two versions of their groundbreaking hit Take Five, as well as forays into world music with two unique interpretations of Koto Song. Their intimate onstage chemistry and impeccable musicianship made the DBQ an award-winning jazz super group.

Musicians: Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, Joe Morello
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota

Location/Year: Belgium (1964) & Germany (1966)

Sunday, June 11 at 22:15 CEST | New Morning: Ray Brown Trio & Art Farmer

The New Morning is a Paris club that specializes in jazz and blues. It was 1981 when the club opened its doors for the first time. Since then, many jazz and blues giants have made their appearance on the stage, with Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Clarke among them. Tonight’s concert features the Ray Brown Trio. Double-bassist and Grammy Award-winning Ray Brown can be considered to have a leading role in defining the modern jazz rhythm. He played with jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was also married for a brief time. For this performance he invited trumpeter Art Farmer to share the stage with him. Two jazz giants on one stage: that is the premise of a good show.

Musicians: Ray Brown Trio, Art Farmer, Jacky Terrasson, Pierre Boussaguet, Alvin Queen
Producer: New Morning Vision
Video Director: Patrick Savey

Location: New Morning Club, Paris, France
Year: 1996

Sunday, June 11 at 23:15 CEST | Bill Evans Trio: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

30 minutes of... Bill Evans features a performance by one of the most revered pianists in music history. The performance highlights Evans’ ever-deepening artistry as he performs with the stunning duo of bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund. This recording includes Evans’ renditions of the rarely performed Sareen Jurer, Blue Serge’ and Twelve Tone Tune Two.

Musicians: Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, Elliot Zigmund
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota

Location: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Year: 1975