On the August 4, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, we begin a four part series highlighting the great jazz soloists. A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story. In the entire history of jazz, there may be less than 140 soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in nearly every performance. We will hear some of them spotlighted tonight. The musicians featured include Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw. Jack Teagarden, Steve Turre, Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Gerry Mulligan, Hamiet Bluiett, Joshua Redman, Cannonball Adderley, Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Cecil Taylor, Eddie Lang, Kenny Burrell, John Scofield, John Clayton, Joe Venuti, Buddy Rich and Frank Butler.
Visit the Slide Show to see photos of some of the artists heard on the show.
The archive for this show will be available until the morning of August 12.
Here is a 1954 French video of Sidney Bechet playing "Down By the Old Mill Stream" with a group of French Musicians. The actors preceding the performance are Jeanne Moreau and Jean Marais. Bechet moved to France in 1950 and lived there until his death in 1955.