I first heard Maynard Ferguson’s big band at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, LI while I was in high school, 1973. A couple years later, I caught Stan Kenton’s orchestra at Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ where my sister Danette was attending. Enjoy this amazing archival video clip of Stan’s band featuring Maynard, with Shelly Manne on drums, 1950 – their TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show!
Bill Hardman & Junior Cook Quintet featuring Walter Bishop, Jr. performed many times at both Jazz Forum lofts and I learned a great deal about music by listening, asking questions and (best of all) sitting in with them. These photos, by Mitchell Seidel were taken around 1979/80 at the first Jazz Forum, 50 Cooper Square, NYC.
For parents, grandparents and caretakers who are at home with kids, Jitterbugs is here for you! We’ll share videos and activities to keep you and your children musically busy. Enjoy!
Charlie Parker played be bop…
… and it sounded like alphabet, chickadee, overshoes, reeti-footi! Follow along the book “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” by Christopher Raschka, narrated by our very own Sara Langbert! (Like the book? Buy it here!)
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