Louis Prima with Pee Wee Russell: 1937
A clip from the 1936 movie “Swing It” with Louis Prima and his Band which included Pee Wee Russell (who even had a speaking role), Garry McAdams (g), Jack Ryan (b) and Frank Pinero (p). And watch for a 25 year old Lucille Ball as well!
This past weekend’s broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on the “timeless allure of swing dancing,” featuring Lincoln Center’s annual celebration of swing, Midsummer Night Swing.
"You see people come off the dance floor, they’re smiling or they’re laughing," said Norma Miller, a festival regular for many years. "It’s not too many things that do that like swing dance."
(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)
Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing & Joe Williams: at Newport 1962
This German TV clip has better quality than some other versions of this celebrated 1962 Newport meeting of both the old and new blues shouters of the Basie band: Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams.
Benny Goodman Sextet - “AC/DC Current” from Charlie Christian: The Genius of the Electric Guitar (Amazon MP3)(9 plays)
Ellington All-Stars: C-Jam Blues
An absolutely delicious version of “C-Jam Blues” performed by an Ellington small group (an All-Star Octet) at the Sanremo Jazz Festival in Italy on March 22 1964. Rolf Ericson, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Bibi Rovére (bass), and Sam Woodyard make up the group.
Big Sid Catlett: the Essentials
Technically, musically and visually the outstanding drummer Sid Catlett was perfectly adaptable for any band small or large. Drummerworld shares some essential film clips plus the live recorded concert of the Esquire All American Jazz Band featuring Big Sid.