Monday, June 5, 2017

Jazz at the Philharmonic (The First Concert) - 1944

This single CD contains the seven documented selections from the very first performance of Norman Granz' travelling jam session, Jazz at the Philharmonic. A pretty colorful cast of characters is heard from : trumpeter Shorty Sherock (on the last three numbers); trombonist J.J. Johnson (who is on the first four selections) ; Illinois Jacquet and Jack McVea on tenors ; and a strong rhythm section that includes pianist Nat King Cole and guitarist Les Paul. Together they perform six standards and a blues number, with five of the seven selections being over nine-minutes long. Jacquet's screaming solos (he was the first real R&B tenor player) and the humorous and rather remarkable tradeoff between Cole and Paul on "Blues" are the highpoints of this historically significant and very enjoyable release which ranges from touches of Dixieland through swing, bop, and early R&B.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Jazz at the
(The First Concert)


1 Lester Leaps in (Young)  9:00
2 Tea for Two (Youmans, Caesar)  12:24
3 Blues (Etaoin, Jacquet)  10:24
4 Body and Soul (Green, Eyton, Heyman, Sour)  10:25
5 I've Found a new Baby (Palmer, Williams)  9:23
6 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  6:32
7 Bugle Call Rag (Pettis, Myers, Schoebel)  4:33


Shorty Sherock - tp [# 5-7]
J.J. Johnson - tb [# 1-4]
Illinois Jacquet & Jack McVea - ts
"'Shorty' Nadine" aka Nat King Cole - p & vc [# 5 only]
Les Paul - g
Johnny Miller - b [# 1-4 & 6]
Red Callender - b [# 5 & 7]
Lee Young - dr

Recorded at the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California ; July 2, 1944


MrBill said...

Great, thanks so much!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Doug said...

Many thanks!

Jephgo said...

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