Years ago I published an annual Eclectic Collection of my favorite quotes for the year. The Eclectic Collection of quotes is long gone, but here’s an Eclectic Collection of jazz tunes for the week. Nothing at all connects them except that they swing and bring a little joy to the world.
Let’s jump right in with Bob Scobey’s Frisco Jazz Band (don’t let the San Francisco folks hear that!) from 1957 with Bing Crosby on the vocal – that’s a combination made somewhere not far from the Blackhawk. Bing is known mostly as a mellow crooner, but the man had jazz in his soul…Join him with this one from the album, Bing with a Beat: “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Whatever you say, Mr. Crosby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W04JiFuehEE
From San Francisco to England and New Zealand, here’s the theme from a film a few steps above a romantic bodice-ripper – well, maybe more considering the cast. At any rate, this tune has become a jazz classic and here are Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones to show us the way along “Green Dolphin Street.” It’s the title tune from the 1947 movie starring Lana Turner and also from Evans’ 1959 album. And it’s a good one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wwxaJ80nCg
Up next, kickin’ out with a tune from his 1977 album, If I’m Lucky, it’s Zoot Sims, Jimmy Rowles, George Mraz and Mousie Alexander with “You’re my Everything.” I have to say that Mr. Alexander has a nickname that makes me want to ask questions, but I’ll do that another time. Give the fellows a big hand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBkiZdahsnc
Shirley Luster from Springfield, Illinois, may have started out as an unknown small-time vocalist, but she shot right to the top of the jazz world later as Miss June Christy. Christy sang with the Stan Kenton orchestra for a number of years, and also with Pete Rugolo. The Misty Miss Christy was the epitome of cool and here she is with Stan Kenton from the mid-40s with a bouncy take on “The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnT-A9mBljI
Till Brönner is back with a smooth number from the 2008 AVO Session in Switzerland. He’s lookin’ cool in his black leather jacket and in his assured way with the trumpet on Wes Montgomery’s “Bumpin’. “ It’s not all yodeling and cheese in the Alps… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhDIDyVz6Es
Finally, a quick and quirky (but jazzy) tribute to my dear young neighbors, Brock and Keahi, who will depart in a week or so for a new adventure in Hawaii. Here’s one of the Islands’ best know musicians – Sol Ho’opi’i (did I get that right?) with “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii.” I hear a little Django with a warm island breeze. Aloha, Brock and Keahi, and mahalo. It’s been a joy to have you next door. Travel well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJNYdKHOp14