Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk's appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium, the birthplace of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.
Here's a terrific clip of the great songwriter Johnny Mercer singing a succession of his tunes as Steve Allen sings other's songs whose themes conjure Mercer counterparts. "A Foggy Day," for instance, beckons "Come Rain or Come Shine."
A special celebration of Jazz à la Mode's 30th Anniversary is taking place on Sunday, November 16, at the Community Music School of Springfield. The occasion is giving me cause to reflect on some of what's gone into making a success ...
Jazz mythology rightly honors places like Mahogany Hall in New Orleans, the Lincoln Gardens in Chicago, the Sunset Cafe in Kansas City, the Bluebird in Detroit, and Minton's in New York as sites where the most epochal moments in the music's history took place.
Today is Houston Person's 80th birthday. We'll hear the tenor saxophonist throughout tonight's Jazz à la Mode. Here's a piece I wrote on the Florence, South Carolina native in 2012.