I really thought I was finished with digitizing all the McCoy Tyner Video I found on my friend’s old VHS cassettes. But I discovered that there is even more footage from Montreux 1973 than I thought.
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(Click to enlarge) Sleeve for souvenir photographs from the Crown Propeller Lounge, unidentified date. From the Crown Propeller collection
The Crown Propeller Lounge – after which this blog is named – was one of Chicago’s most important venues for R’n'B and Jazz during the 1950s. You can read more about it on my old blog entry here. After reading that post, Mike Medina (aka WayoutWardell) contacted me and identified more of the people pictured in this gorgeous photo, donated to the Crown Propeller blog by the Schlossberg family (also check the comments section over there for more interesting information from Mike).
(Click to enlarge) Dancer Lupita Peruyero, Joe Louis, Norman Schlossberg, Sarah Vaughan, King Kolax and Mitzi Mars at the Crown Propeller, probably 1952. Courtesy of the Schlossberg family
I had recognized trumpeter King Kolax and boxer Joe Louis with Crown Propeller owner Norman Schlossberg and Mike added the name of dancer Lupita Peruyero (far left) who was a regular at the Crown Propeller and knew that the lady on the far right is singer Mitzi Mars – of which I had presented some music in my old blog entry about the CP.
From Chicago Defender, May 31, 1952.
Taken from Franz Hoffmann’s “Jazz Advertised”
Mike also kindly allowed me to use the photo of this bautiful foursome at the Crown Propeller in 1945 – a time when the main audience of the CP was still white.
If you are interested in photographs from Chicago’s South Side, you definitely should check Mike’s Flickr page. It was also Mike who alerted me, that the sign of the Crown Propeller lighting up can be seen in the opening sequence of the old “Crime Stories” TV series. I managed to find that one on youtube. I edited the CP part and let it run backwards and forwards – the way it possibly was. I guess there was something in the middle as well (a crown, maybe?) – I leave it to your imagination.
Ending up our second visit to the famed Crown Propeller Lounge is photo of a young couple at the bar, probably in the 1950s. This was stuck in the souvenir envelope pictured at the very top of the envelope.
Who might they have listened to on that evening? Rudy Greene maybe, the “King Of The Guitar”?
From the early sixties on (check his Impulse! album “It’s Time”) drummer Max Roach started to work with larger formations than his quintet (or quartet) from time to time. He added choirs for several recordings and in the 1980s he sometimes added a string quartet (mostly the Uptown String Quartet in which his daughter Maxine played) to his quartet with Cecil Bridgewater, Odeon Pope and Tyrone Brown.
As far as the larger Max Roach groups are concerned, there seems to be not much footage around on the internet. So I am happy to offer you three actually quite long clips here you may not have seen before.
The first one is Max Roach featured with the Northern Colorado University Big Band at the Jazz Festival Montreux one June 15, 1971. They are playing a very churchy suite here (see comments for possible titles).Pianist/organist is Stanley Cowell, the trumpet player / conductor is Charles Tolliver (thanks, Trane!). I can not identify any of the other band members (are you out there?).
The other two clips are from nineteen years later. First are more than 56 minutes of the Max Roach Double Quartet at the Jazzgipfel in Stuttgart, 1990 – I do not know the exact date. You’ll see and hear Max Roach (dr), Odean Pope (ts), Cecil Bridgewater (tp), Tyrone Brown (b), John Williams (violin), Cecelia Hobbs (violin), Maxine Roach (viola), Eileen Folson (cello). Sorry for the abrupt ending, the cassette ended here, and I did a short fade out.
In the same year Max Roach also took a large choir – The John Motley Singers – along with his quartet and pianist George Cables to Europe playing two hour concerts at the Jazz Festivals in Umbria and Verona in Italy and Lugano (Switzerland). You may have heard part of the material on the Enja 2CD set “To The Max!”. The Lugano concert on June 29 was broadcast in full on Swiss TV (do not worry, the voice-over soon stops):
Right after I had finished this post. naturally I found even more footage of McCoy Tyner.
In 1989 Tyner was touring the European Jazz Festival circuit with his Trio featuring guitarist/singer George Benson as an added attraction. I have presented footage from their gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival in my last entry . But i found more. Here are over 40 minutes of George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Avery Sharpe, Aaron Scott playing in Umbria, Italy:
And here are sixteen minutes of the same band playing at the Jazz Festival in Wiesen, Austria:
The final part of this little McCoy Tyner Showcase is his Trio – still featuring Avery Sharpe and Aaron Scott – joined by Freddie Hubbard and Ralph Moore. This footage comes from the Jazztage Stuttgart 1990.
Still in the process of cutting large movie files taken from VHS cassettes into clips, I noticed that my friend, the late Otto Flückiger has quite a lot of concert footage with bands either led by pianist McCoy Tyner or featuring him prominently. The reason for so much footage with Tyner in Otto’s collection is not necessarily because Otto was fanatic about Tyner. Otto taped everything from the TV that was in what way ever connected to Jazz. And McCoy Tyner made a lot of tours in the 1970s and 1980s, his group was a regular feature on Jazz festivals around the world. So it really is no wonder that there is a lot of McCoy here.
Mainly to get a grasp of what is there, I have extracted all of the McCoy Tyner footage on these cassettes. Now that I am finished doing so, I thought why not present these rare clips on this here blog.
So here we go, starting with the earliest footage I found of one of Tyner’s own groups. Here is the McCoy Tyner Quartet at the Jazz Festival Montreux, July 7, 1973
The band consists of Tyner (p), Azar Lawrence (sax), Juini Booth (b), Alphonse Mouzon (dr). The way I understand it, parts of this concert also have been released on an LP. Since I do not own this one, I can not tell you what exactly is being played here.
Going on chronologically we stay in Montreux with a clip from July 18, 1981 showing the concert of a band called “The New York – Montreux Connection:
The band: Arthur Blythe, Paquito D’Riviera, Jimmy Heath,Percy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Chico Freeman, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Ronnie Burrage, John Blake, Stanley Cowell, John Hicks, Steve Mc Call. Note that there is also an unidentified alto saxophonist taking a solo later in the program. He is adressed as “Paul ….”, but I can’t understand his last name. So if you have an idea …
Next are more than fifty minutes of the McCoy Tyner Quintet at the Saalbau in Aarau, Switzerland, on February 24, 1984:
The Quintet in this clip: McCoy Tyner (p), Gary Bartz (sax), John Blake (violin), John Lee (eb), Wilby Fletcher (dr).
In 1985 McCoy Tyner was in Europe again, with a new trio featuring bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes. At their apperance at the Estival Jazz in Lugano Pharoah Sanders was featured with the band. But the concert was started by the trio alone:
I do not have the whole concert, just three different parts from three different source VHS cassettes. The chronologically next portion of the Lugano concert is the one that features Sanders. I had alredy presented that one here some time ago, but for the sake of completeness, here it is gain:
I do not know if Pharoah Sanders was featured even longer on this concert, all that is here is the encore from that gig, featuring just the trio again:
Next up are two clips from Italian TV. Unfortunately quality is not too good here. Here are Tyner, Sharpe and Hayes at the Jazz Festival in Umbria 1985:
And here they are a year later at the Jazz Festival in Pescara:
In 1986 the trio also appeared on the German TV series “Jazz im Subway”, the Subway being a Jazz Club in Cologne:
I just have this excerpt from the show, showing McCoy playing a solo version of “You Taught My Heart To Sing” (Notice the funny subtitle, maybe someone from the TV station did not like the music?).
Last but not least a clip that was a personal surprise for me in more than one way. First: I did not know that Tyner played with George Benson – which he apparently did more than once. Secondly because I had dismissed George Benson as being xxx (well I do not want to hurt any sensitive George Benson fans). But I actually like this one very much:
The above clip comes from the 1989 Montreux Jazz Festival. Besides Benson and Tyner you will see and hear bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Aaron Scott.
The small town of Roermond in the Netherlands (around 55’000 inhabitants today) from 1966 to 1981 hosted an interesting Jazz festival, called “Hammerveld Jazz” which presented jazz from mainstream to the classic avantgarde. There is a page (in dutch) about the festival. You can go to the links in the left column there to see who played there for each year.
In my friend Otto Flückiger’s collection I recently found some TV footage from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival. To admit it right away: Picture and sound quality are rather bad, but I hope the rarity of it all will make up for this.
There is now more footage of Charles Mingus on the internet than could be hoped for say ten years ago. Still I am sure that any newly discovered footage of this man and his gorgeous bands is very much welcome. So here we have Charles Mingus (b, ldr), Jack Walrath (tp), Don Pullen (p), George Adams (ts), Dannie Richmond (dr) playing “Free Cell Block F (’tis Nazi U.S.A)”. in Roermond, August 1st, 1975. The piece is interrupted during Pullen’s solo – and fades in again after that.
This is the only footage I have from August 1st. Also playing at that day in Roermond were the Mike Carr Trio with Carr (org), Dick Morrissi (ts) and Bobby Gien (dr) as well as Blues singer/pianist Cousin Joe.
Saturday’s program at Hammerveld Jazz 1975 was quite mixed. Unfortunately I have no footage of the appearances of the Ochtendchloor Dixieland Band, the Cecil Taylor Trio (with Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille!), and Babs Gonzales (!!!) featured with the Clark Terry Quartet. Maybe Gonzales was announced but did not appear? There is footage from the Clark Terry Quartet without Gonzales though. On “Squeeze Me” Terry, who also sings a little, is accompagnied by Freddy Rottier (dr), Roger Vanhaverbeke (b) and Rein de Graaff (p):
From the same day come two tracks by the Griffin/Davis band with Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts), Bruno Castaluzzi (dr), Horace Parlan (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b). They are playing the old Ammons/Stitt warhorse “Blues Up And Down” and “Funky Fluke” (spelled wrongly on the video), a piece they first recorded together in 1960. The original sequence of these two tracks is not known. It could have been the other way around.
Also playing on Saturday, August 1st 1975 was the Benny Carter Quartet with Carter (as), as well as Bruno Castalucci (dr), Horace Parlan (USA) (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b) again. Here they are playing “Undecided” followed by “Honeysuckle Rose”.
Unfortunately there is no footage from the final point in Saturday’s program, a saxophone battle with Carter, Griffin and Davis. And I also found nothing from Sunday. Maybe someone will come up with more (and hopefully better) footage?
For the sake of completeness, here is Sunday’s program from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival: Dutch Swing College Band; New Sadi Quartet; Shirley Scott Trio with Harold Vick; Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans with Rob Franken (p) and Rob Langereis (b) McCoy Tyner Quartet feat. Azar Lawrence (ts).
A few days ago I was contacted by Thomas Schicker, who had been at the Wild Bill Davis concert 1986 in Rheinfelden, of which I have already shown four parts on this blog. Thomas, who is a jazzfan and collector, was so nice as to send me the flyer for this concert, which as you can see took place in the afternoon:
Thomas also still has the advertisement for this concert which appeared in a local newspaper. And he was so nice as to allow me to publish it here as well:
So here is part 5 (actually the next to last part) of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland in 1986. The flyer and the add above make clear that it was definitely on April, 13. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.
I still do not know who filmed this footage. The VHS cassette this is from is in the Otto Flückiger collection, but Otto cannot have filmed it himself, because he can be seen standing to the left of Wild Bill Davis from time to time (for example around 12:00). If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.
So here is the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing
- “This Is All I Ask” (Gordon Jenkins)
- “Street Of Dreams” (Lewis/Young)
- “Jitterbug Waltz” (Fats Waller)
Until the sixth and last part comes up here:
As promised in this post, I am reposting the images from the performance by Frank Foster’s “Living Colours” Big Band at the Village Vanguard on April 4, 1980 – this time with some music.
About 70 minutes of music from this evening survive on a tape that has been digitally transferred to CD by Otto in the early 1990s. While the original tape box does not carry information at all, some information is attached to the CD.
The rudimentary CD cover can not be trusted though. For example Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” which I am presenting you here, is not the second track on the CD, but the first. Likewise Title 5, “Joy Spring(s?)” is indeed a “Minor Blue Waltz”, at least in form and content. I will have to bring this in a meaningful order some day …
So here are all of Otto’s photos from the April 4 1980 concert again. If you can identify anyone for sure, to help get rid of the question marks on the CD’s listing, please let me know (but please check the comment section from the old blog entry about this event first).
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When my late friend Otto Flückiger went to New York City in October 1979, he also visited the 1st New York Jazz Festival, a free event organized (mostly, I guess) by trumpeter Dizzy Reece. There is (rather fragmentary) footage from these events (not by Otto) on youtube.
Concerts took place in two locations, an open air space in Damrosch Park – where Otto was located – and Lincoln Center – where apparently the footage above is from (there are also parts II and III of this footage on youtube, go check the channel of MrBebopyo).
All in all Otto recorded around five hours of the proceedings in Damrosch Park on cassette tapes. Among the artists to be heard on this cassettes are trumpeters Dizzy Reece and Tommy Turrentine , saxophonists Charles Davis, Clifford Jordan, Harold Vick, and Harold Ousley as well as a bunch of drummers, bassists and piano players. Otto also made a lot of photos and there are a lot of musicians on them that I could not yet identify. I will try to post them here later.
Unfortunately most of the music on Otto’s tapes from this historic event suffers from very bad sound (open air atmosphere, traffic, audience talk, etc.) so there really is not much sense in offering the music here.
George Braith, NYC Jazz Festival, Oct. 5, 1979. Photo by Otto Flückiger
One really quite listenable portion though is very much worth offering here. So here is straight from the Otto Flückiger files a portion of a duo set by (double-) saxophonist George Braith with a drummer I was not able to identify from the photos Otto made. There are pointers though that this could be Sonny Brown. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Since Braith is starting this track with motives from “A Night In Tunisia”, never playing it fully though, I decided to call this track Tunisian Jam for the sake of convenience. Sound is very bad at first but gets much better after 40 seconds when the drummer comes in.
Is this Sonny Brown?
Unidentified drummer, NYC Jazz Festival, Oct. 5, 1979. Photo by Otto Flückiger
Here is another view of the drummer:
Here is a second excerpt from the proceedings. Braith and the drummer are joined by a trumpeter later in this piece. It’s a classic bop tune I can’t remember the name of right now.
The trumpeter may or may not be Dizzy Reece who can be seen in the background of the last photo from this session. Otto did not write down the name of the trumpeter, he just wrote “technically good” – which I guess he may not have noted down for an old professional like Dizzy Reece, so this may well be someone else. On the other hand Reece can be seen on the last photo from this session (I do not know the true chronology of these photos).
Unidentified drummer, Dizzy Reece (in doorway), George Braith,
NYC Jazz Festival, Oct. 5, 1979. Photo by Otto Flückiger
P.S.: Apparently George Braith is still active, check his website, where you can also buy cool Bop Clothes, hand designed by George. Unfortunately the link to Braith’ own record company, Excellence, does not seem to work anymore.
Not much has been happening on this blog here for quite a while, I know. I have been through a period of very bad luck starting when I broke my nose and elbow while stumbling over a piece of wire after a DJ gig. Right after that the bad news from people very near and dear to me did not stop coming in.
So I am only now finding my way back to matters jazz and blues again. I thought I’d start softly with part 4 of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.
I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.
So here you get – after some talking – the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing
- “Honeysuckle Rose” which featrures Dickie Thompson
- Neil Hefti’s “Cute”
- “Satin Doll”
There will be still more to come from this concert – if nobody objects.