Wednesday, July 18, 2007

JATP - Montreux 1977

JATP (Jazz at the Philharmonic), famous jazz producer Norman Granz's (1918-2001) venerable institution, started as a fundraiser in LA in 1944. After a few more similar events, Granz in 1946 began organizing extensive annual tours using classic swing and bop musicians in a jam session setting.

The importance of these sessions cannot be overstated, and many a career was launched through them, like Oscar Peterson's and Ella Fitzgerald's to name just two. Granz paid his musicians handsomely and did his best to fight racism every bit of the way.

Following that fine tradition, we see an all star group who flew all the way to Montreux, Switzerland on July 16, 1975 to give us this jazz gem.


Clark Terry tp, flg
Roy Eldridge tp
Benny Carter as
Zoot Sims ts
Joe Pass g
Tommy Flanagan p
Keeter Bets b
Bobby Durham d

For You.

Autumn Leaves 1/2. A classic

Autumn Leaves 2/2


If I Had You 1/2

If I Had You 2/2

I Never Knew (That Roses Grew)

Famous jazz critic Nat Hentoff telling us what a hell of a guy Norman Granz was, may he RIP.

P.S. All videos from my personal collection, posted on various video hosting web sites.

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