Photo by William P. Gottlieb (Charlie Parker, sax; Miles Davis, trumpet; Tommy Potter, bass; and Duke Jordan, piano. ) Only slightly visible behind Charlie Parker is drummer, Max Roach. The photo entered the public domain in 2010.
This page contains direct links to some delightful and / or historic jazz captured on video. The "Exploring Jazz" course will have a separate playlist of music used in the classes. The audio/visual quality of the music videos listed below (in no particular order) varies from excellent to not-so-great, but if they are listed here, it means I enjoyed watching them. (Using headphones, ear buds, or attached speakers, will give you much better audio than your computer. ) You will get more dependable quality from online music providers -- like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, Amazon music -- and you won't have to listen to the pop-up ads that pop up on some of the YouTube channels.
Click on the description and it will open a new web page showing the video. I hope you'll enjoy browsing here and that it will encourage you to explore on your own.
Keith Jarrett Trio (with Gary Peacock, bass; jack DeJohnette, drums) Japan, 1985. Nearly two hours of the trio with exceptional interplay and clean audio and wonderful lyrical improvising by Jarrett and bassist Gary Peacock. First tune is very pensive, the second "If I Should Lose You" -- about 8 minutes in -- is very swinging.
Thelonious Monk Quartet: most of the performance video of the wonderful Monk DVD on the Jazz Icons, series is here, beautifully filmed and recorded, from a performance in Norway (1966). A great opportunity to experience an hour of Monk's music "in person."
Harold Lopez-Nusa band, live concert in Switzerland (2014) Cuban jazz pianist, Harold Lopez-Nussa with percussion and trumpet. The concert is filmed in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, southern France. The concert is almost an hour long, but of special interest to our class is from 13 min - 16 min.
Thelonious Monk (solo) at Berlin Jazz Festival, 1969) (Click here.) playing Ellington songs, showing his admiration for Ellington as well as his indebtedness to stride piano -- played in his own idiosyncratic way, a wonderful example of his fully exploiting syncopation and dissonant harmony. Repertoire: Satin Doll Sophisticated Lady Caravan (particularly exciting exploration) In My Solitude Crespescule With Nellie (Sarah Vaughan, and other pianists follow Monk on stage in this long video from Berlin.) Miles Davis visits Africa: from the movie "Dingo."
Charles Mingus from the album "Nostalgia in times square" - 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__OSyznVDOY&list=RDKXbtO9GjwfU&index=4 This is a recording of Mingus's composition called "Moanin'." It is not the popular tune of the same title by pianist Bobby Timmons. It is a typical Mingus piece of perfectly clear chaos and irresistible passion. Baritone player is Ronnie Cuber. This band was a recreation of the Mingus big band which played his music authentically; the great composer and bassist had died of ALS by this time in 1993, when the recording was made.