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Jazz At The Philharmonic - rare vintage 1953 German concert program.

Program produced for the Spring 1953 Jazz At The Philharmonic package tour of Germany, presented by legendary music impresario Norman Granz in cooperation with the German Jazz Federation, and featuring a host of jazz luminaries, including Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Gene Krupa, Teddy Napoleon, Flip Phillips, Hank Jones, Charlie Shavers, and Willie Smith. The program features artwork by noted German graphic designer Günther Kieser.

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Jazz at the Philharmonic: Rare 1960 Footage

Some rare footage of a Norman Granz Jazz At The Philharmonic concert at Salle Pleyel in 1960, which has a taste of the classic Chocolate Dandies record sessions, with Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter and Roy Eldridge joining forces with Don Byas, Lalo Schifrin, Art Davis and some brilliant Jo Jones.

-Scott Wenzel

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Billie Holiday, “Body and Soul”

From the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945 and ‘46, a playlist of Lady Day’s songs.  Taking the Great American Songbook to a whole other level.

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T-Bone Walker - Woman You Must Be Crazy

Jazz At The Philharmonic

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How High The Moon / Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, and others

In this legendary track from the 1949 album Jazz at the Philharmonic, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Buddy Rich and other jazz greats join Bird for a fabulous rendition of the jazz classic How High The Moon, creating one of my favorite live recordings of all time.

Charlie Parker, Jazz At The Philharmonic 1949 (recorded at Carnegie Hall beginning at midnight on Sunday, September 18, 1949)

Don’t let the cover art fool you. This is one of the seminal live recordings in jazz history. The lineup: Charlie Parker (as), Roy Eldridge (tp), Tommy Turk (tb), Flip Phillips (ts), Lester Young (ts), Hank Jones (p), Ray Brown (b), Buddy Rich (d) and Ella Fitzgerald joins for three tracks.

Breathtaking.

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Coleman Hawkins: Jazz at the Philharmonic 1969

Although his health was declining by the time, this JATP concert of 1969 was presented at the Poplar Town Hall in London, Coleman Hawkins’ solo work did have some shining moments. Here, along with stellar soloing by Benny Carter and backed by Teddy Wilson, Bob Cranshaw and Louie Bellson is “Blue Lou.”

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Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins 1969

From March of 1969, here’s a performance of a Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in England, featuring Coleman Hawkins playing his most requested opus, “Body And Soul”. During this late stage of his life, many saw Hawkins as a shell of his former self, both physically and musically. However, this presentation (as well as other pieces rendered that night) bears witness that he had, at least for this journey, hearkened back to an earlier, more cohesive improviser. Joined by Teddy Wilson, Bob Cranshaw and Louie Bellson, this very performance had initially been issued on Norman Granz’ album for Pablo entitled J.A.T.P. In London, 1969.

-Scott Wenzel

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