STANDARDS w/ FRIENDS . Melissa Aldana & Ben Wendel . Ask Me Now

 

 

 

 

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STORY BEHIND . BODY AND SOUL . JOSÉ JAMES

 

Composed when Johnny Green was in London in 1930, the song was firstly recorded by Jack Hylton & His Orchestra in Britain. It was introduced by vocalist Jack Fulton, reaching the charts and helding the number one for six weeks. In spite of its quick popularity, the song was banned from radio for almost a year because of its very suggestive lyrics. The following two decades testified its growing popularity with an amazing number of renditions that made the charts. The first jazz musician to record the tune was Louis Armstrong in 1930, his version was very close to the original,  it was Henry “Red” Allen another New Orleans’ trumpeter who firstly explored its improvisational possibilities.

 

José James: vocals

Jason Moran: piano; John Patitucci: bass; Eric Harland: drums

 

 

 

 

STANDARDS w/ FRIENDS . CHEROKEE . BEN WENDEL + WALTER SMITH III

 

BEN WENDEL + WALTER SMITH III

 

 

JAZZ STANDARD: Easy to Love (Cole Porter)

 

Autumn brings cooler days and the rain starts to fall – shorter darker days and jazz standards!

 

Renee Rosnes (piano), Cécile McLorin Salvant (vocals)

Anat Cohen (clarinet), Melissa Aldana (saxophone)

Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Sylvia Cuenca (drums)

 

ROY HARGROVE » Approaching Standards

 

Roy Hargrove – trumpet, flugelhorn
Ron Blake – soprano & tenor saxophones
Gregory Hutchinson – drums
Al Foster – drums
Frank Lacy – trombone

also: Christian McBride, Billy Higgins, John Hicks, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart, Stephen Scott, Scott Colley, Marc Cary