New York Jazz scene circa 1990's.
January 26, 2014 12:39 AM
Tony Szulc, from Washington, DC, made this film back in the '90's showcasing the jazz scene in NYC at the time. The footage is fantastic and the faces are so young! Especially Dwayne Burno's (R.I.P., Dwayne):
Johnny Griffin talks about jazz outside the Village Vanguard and Cecil Payne (Augie's) and John Hicks (Bradley's) are swinging their asses off! This short 12 minute film really captures what it was like in NYC back in the '90s.
ps: Please read Dwayne's obituary in Downbeat, highlighted by some beautiful words by Small's Jazz Club owner (and pianist), Spike Wilner:
Dwayne struggled with his health in recent years. He had issues with his kidneys, but what did him in was his heart. Dwayne spent the last two weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. Amazingly, he played at Smalls with Peter Bernstein’s group on Wednesday and Thursday of this week -- right after being released; he wouldn't think about missing the gig. Peter invited me to sit in with the group for the last tune of the night on Thursday, and the feel of the band was incredible. With Billy Drummond and Steve Nelson, this was a mature band. It was swinging hard. As I comped from the piano, I looked at him and saw Dwayne's familiar face and smile -- he knew it felt good. Nobody could lay down a groove like Dwayne Burno. After the show on Thursday, we sat together outside of the club and talked about his health. He mentioned his concerns about his heart. There's no way I could have known that it would be the last time I would ever see him. Stunning
Dwayne was a fantastic jazz musician and a special man. He will be sorely missed.
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Free MP3s from Vinson Valega:
Live at Blues Alley, Washington, DC (April 2005):
Jiminy Cricket Goes To The Go-Go Dance (Vinson Valega) [5.1 mb]
Live at The Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ (April 2005):
Georgia (Ray Charles) [9.0 mb]
Live rehearsal, NYC (summer 2006):
Ask Me Now (Thelonious Monk) [8.8 mb]
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