Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Friends (1974 and 1978)
Vocalist and alto saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (1917–1988) had his breakthrough in 1941 when he joined Cootie William’s band as vocalist. In 1945 he split from Williams and formed his own band. Vinson had hits on Mercury as well as on King records in the late 1940s and the early 1950s. Then Vinson somewhat left the spotlight for a while before becoming a welcome attraction on the european jazz festival circuit from the early seventies on.
I found some footage from this later period of Vinson’s career on old VHS cassettes from the Otto Flückiger collection and thought you might enjoy them.
So here from the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival come slightly more than 25 minutes of Cleanhead with Hal Singer (ts), Jay McShann (p), Jo Wright (g), Jerome Rimson (b), Peter Van Hooke (dr). They are playing:
“Just A Dream”, “Home Boy”, “Laura”, “Hold It Right There” and “Person To Person”.
The second clip I found has 32 minutes from an all star gathering at Grand Parade Du Jazz in Nice from July 8 and July 16, 1978. On stage are Eddie Cleanhead Vinson (as, voc); Hank Crawford (as); David Newman (ts, fl); Jimmy Rowles (p), George Wein (p); Milt Hinton (b); Alan Dawson (dr).
They are playing:
“Tenor Madness” (thanks, Trane!), “Autumn Leaves”, “Cleanhead Blues”, and a further unidentified tune (maybe someone knows it’s title?).