A Saxophone Quartet Performing A Night In Tunesia

This video clip shows a saxophone quartet performing the Dizzy Gillespie bebop tune A Night in Tunesia at Palmer Square in Princeton, New Jersey, on Aug 11, 2007. This saxophone quartet consists of Rob Stasolla on one of the alto saxes, Scott Grimaldi on the other alto saxophone, Frank Elmo on tenor saxophone and last but not least Tom Makoviecki on baritone saxophone.
The song was originallly written for another group with different instruments, first of all it was conceived for the trumpet of the great Dizzy Gillespie on the solo parts. The art of adapting a musical piece written for a certain combination of instruments to another combination of different instruments is called arranging. This tune had to be adapted for the saxophone quartet and the resulting arrangement sounds interesting. Of course, there still are solo parts for improvisation where the musicians can play whatever they feel fits into the chord changes, a process that Bill Evans once called the creative process of composing jazz music.

Scott Hamilton Quintet Performing the Jitterburg Waltz by Fats Waller

Watch this video with the famous tenor saxophone player Scott Hamilton playing the tune Jitterburg Waltz composed by Fats Waller. In this take Scott Hamilton presents us some very tasty saxophone playing. His sound is very warm and heats up the soul of the listeners.
Here he is accompanied by other great musicians, namely Jon Wheatley on guitar, Paul Schmeling on piano, Chuck Riggs on the drumset and Marshall Wood playing the accoustic bass. After the tune’s theme is presented, Paul Schmeling plays his swinging solo on the piano, then Scott Hamilton comes back with his tenor saxophone solo followed by a the electric guitar solo performed by Jon Wheatley. All solos are great examples of excellent jazz playing.
Scott Hamilton’s style is very cool, he is not playing thousands of notes, he rather plays what he is not playing, if this makes any sense. I mean, he makes rests, he waits befor he enters with a melodic line, achieving his personal style of playing jazz and tenor saxophone and one cannot do anything else than admire this cool personality. Surely nobody would say the guy cannot play the sax. And he has not to overfill the space with hasty notes, instead his relaxed playing gets to the sould of the listeners and fills his heart with warmth.
You might also want to participate in our poll about the best tenor saxophone player ever and vote for Scott Hamilton, or any other one, but go and vote!

Tenor Saxophone Giant Sonny Rollins and Guitar Legend Jim Hall Performing The Bridge

Watch this video with the great jazz tenor saxophone player Sonny Rollins playing his composition The Bridge and being accompanied by Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Ben Riley on drums. This tune is written and performen in up tempo which is a challenge for all musicians. However, these giants here have no problem with the speed and it’s a delight to listen to them and watch them executing the most difficult passages without hesitation …
Sonny Rollins is one of the greatest saxophone players ever and we invite you to participate in our poll regarding the best saxophone player known to mankind. Of course we know that it is very difficult to decide who is the better player when you have to choose between Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Michael Brecker and other tenor saxophone legends. More than establishing the better player, our poll is about taste and preferences of our readers, you even might consider some unknown or not mentioned sax player as the one you like best … Go and vote!

Guitar Players Attila Zoller and Jim Hall Perform Carefull

This video shows the guitar player duo Attila Zoller and Jim Hall performing the jazz tune Carefull on a show for the german television from 1973. It is a quiet piece and shows the exquisite musical taste of both guitar players as well as their well achieved musical understanding of each other.
Attila Zoller can be considered as one of the most important german jazz guitar players of post-war Germany, if not the best. We encourage you to look for other examples of his playing on youtube.
Jim Hall is also a well known guitar player and has performed with many international jazz musicians such as Barney Kessel, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, among others.

The Elvin Jones Trio Performing A Night in Tunesia – Jazz Standard by Dizzy Gillespie

Elvin Jones is one of the most significant jazz drummers of all times. He became famous while playing with the John Coltrane Quartet and in some occasions he has played duets with John Coltrane, for example on the album Interstellar Space which is an entire album dedicated to this saxophone-drums duet.
In the video clip featured here, Elvin Jones is playing with a guitar player and a hammond organ player: Bireli Lagrene and Joey Defrancesco. This is a relatively unusual combination of musical instruments.
The song they perform is the well known jazz standard tune A Night in Tunesia which was originally recorded by Dizzy Gillespie and his orchestra.
This recording of the song lasts about nine minutes and of course there is enough space for soloing on all instruments. Watch how Elvin Jones beats the drums, there are very few drummers out there who play with this energy and feeling.

Milt Jackson Quartet Performing The Rev Live in Japan

Watch this video with the legendary vibraphone player Milt Jackson performing his composition The Rev live on stage in Japan. In this concert from 1990 he is being accompanied by Mickey Roker, Mike LeDonne and Ira Coleman.
Milt Jackson gained world popularity when playing with The Modern Jazz Quartet and is one of the best vibraphone player of the planet. The quartet here sounds great and the combination of piano, bass, drums and vibraphone results in a smooth jazz sound. The music played here shows some cool swing and is easy to enjoy, even for people who usually don’t listen to jazz music. However, there still is a great deal of improvisation in this performance.
The vibraphone is an instrument usually played with mallets. Notice that Milt Jackson is using his own mallets for playing the instrument.