Last week I mentioned that there would be no “Jazz For A Saturday Night” this weekend. However, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to pass along to you some great jazz videos that I’ve found online. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

To start us off, here are Freddie Hubbard and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers:

I think you’re going to like Portlander, Esperanza Spalding. I know I do!

Here is keyboard phenomenon Eldar with a 2008 tribute to the late Oscar Peterson:

Another Portlander, Reggie Houston, along with a very talented young man, Mac Potts:

The Branford Marsalis Quartet doing “A Love Supreme, Part 1”:

And Part 2:

Still more Portlanders, Mel Brown and his Septet, featuring Jon Nastos and Renato Caranto, caught live at Jimmy Mak’s:

Here’s a man I’m pleased to call my friend, Geoff Lapp and his Trio, peforming “Sweet Lorraine” (hi Lorraine!):

This is next one is not jazz. I’m not sure what it is, except I ran across it while looking unsuccessfully for a video by another friend, pianist Beverly Ritz. It’s silly, yes, but short. Try to watch it all the way through to the mildly amusing end… Kids. Sheesh. 😉

Okay, we’ll just have to blame Beverly* for this one too, because the video above led me to the one that follows… “Jazz For Boys And Girls”. Did you know that boys hear jazz differently than girls do? (Apparently boys hear the music but all girls hear is blah blah blah.) Neither did I, but a woman I work with tells me that to her, jazz sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard, so maybe there is something to this after all!

Here are Danny Frankel and Daniel Clarke:

*Actually, Beverly is a very nice person and a wonderful jazz pianist. So let’s be nice to her.

To reward you for putting up with the previous two videos, here is a classic video from 1988 featuring the following wonderful folks:

Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet, vocals
David Sanborn – sax
Hiram Bullock – guitar
Marcus Miller – bass
Omar Hakim – drums
Phillipe Saisse – keyboards 

I hope your holidays are happy, healthy and safe!

Al Evans

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