Multitalent Bruce Willis Performing Devil Woman live on Stage

This videoclip features Bruce Willis performing the tune Devil Woman live on stage at Sin City Premier. Most people know Bruce Willis as an actor in many Hollywood productions, however, Bruce Willis has more talents than just acting. Here he presents himself as a singer and blues harmonica player. Some people think that Bruce should stick to his day job, which he sure will… Nevertheless, Bruce Willis doesn’t sound so bad with his harmonica while his singing is pretty rough. It is up to you to decide if you like it or not but Bruce Willis seems to enjoy the jamming on stage. As a matter of fact he has also played with B.B. King and Billy Preston, two very much recognized musicians. I think that if other musicians of that caliber don’t feel any shame to jam with Bruce on stage, he can’t be that bad. Anyway, as I said, he seems to enjoy the performance and that alone should be enough reason to let him do a second job after acting in Hollywood million dollar productions. There is actually one part where the guitar solo is backed up by some sounds from Bruce’s harmonica which I really like, the blend sounds great.

Trumpet Player Dizzy Gillespie Performing A Night in Tunesia in a Show from 1958

This is a video clip showing the great jazz trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie performing the song A Night in Tunesia. The drummer on this recording is Kenny Clarke.
The song earned this title after Earl Hines suggested it to Dizzy because the melody sounded exotic and because of World War II battles, Tunisia was a well-known city in the news at the time.
Dizzy Gillespie plays a trumpet with a special form which was custom-made for him because he liked the sound he perceived when playing it. There are many legends and stories about the rare form of Dizzy’s trumpet among which the story that relates it to an accidental footstep of a guy on a birthday party seems to be one of the most believeable ones.
However, the form of Dizzy’s trumpet is not the most important thing when the conversation goes about jazz musicians and trumpet players. Nobody can have doubts about the excellent skills Dizzy shows on the trumpet. I think he is the world’s best trumpet player ever, even though I know that it is difficult to ‘proove’ this but after all it’s just a matter of taste. Some people might like Miles Davis better and still others mention Arturo Sandoval or Rafael Méndez. I would say that all of these guys are fabulous trumpet players but I like Dizzy Gillespie the best. Listen to his improvisation! You decide for yourself.

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.

Listen to Piano Player Bill Evans Talking about Improvisation and More

This is a video clip with an interview of well known jazz piano player Bill Evans from 1966. Listen to this musician talking about what he calls the jazz process, considering jazz as a style. It’s interesting that Bill Evans considers jazz as more a creative process than a style, since it is recovering the essence of improvisation that had already been present in the classical or concert music from the 17th century.
He also points out that in this process the composer and time have a one on one relation while for concert music composition the composer might write in one minute something that will take several minutes to play it or vice versa.
According to Bill Evans, the art of music is the capability to speak with creative spontanity. The jazz musician must be concentrated on the moment, the moment has to be shaped by intention and requires the jazz musician to be there with all of his energy while the whole, the complete composition is the product of a series of creative moments.

Gong – The Legandary Band Performing Live in 2000

Gong is a group from the 1970s era and had disappeared for some while but has come back and this video shows the band Gong playing their first gig after their comeback in the year 2000. In this clip, Gong is performing the song Master Builder from their original album You. They still count with some of their original members: David Allen, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe and Gilly Smith.
The band’s concept has always been to play music beyond the mainstream. The band lived together in a commune in France after David Allen, born in Australia and who had founded the band Soft Machine, couldn’t enter the UK any more for legal reasons, decided to stay in France and to continue to experiment with musical sounds.
The band developed an unique style and was experimenting with lots of strange elements, specially focussing on improvisation as the vital part of music. They also liked to appear in rare costumes and still do so as you can see in this relatively recent video clip. The music is a combination of jazz and rock elements and can be regarded as part of fusion, the style from the seventies that concentrated on the fusion of jazz and rock elements, sometimes calles jazzrock too. However, they sure are a band that plays very progressive music, specially if you consider that they were playing this kind of sounds in the 1970s.

Electronic Music Band Tangerine Dream Performing Kiew Mission

This video clip presents the german electronic rock band Tangerine Dream with Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Johannes Schmoelling performing Kiew Mission which is the opening track from their LP Exit. This album was released in the early 1980s and illustrates the band’s concept. It is interesting to know that Tangerine Dream was a very experimental group in the sense that they always did improvise their concerts, so the same tune never sounded the same. Of course, there is always a well defined theme and mood in each of the pieces.
Tangerine Dream is stil active in the entertainment business and the band’s latest album is called The Five Atomic Seasons. It is a musical journey accomanying Mr. H. T. to an old Zen Monastery where he is getting introduced to the secrets of life and death. Tangerine Dream has been releasing several new albums in the last years and they are DVDs rather than CDs (Let’s forget the LPs belonging to another epoche of entertainment.)
Tangerine Dream’s Bandleader is Edgar Froese who has been experimenting with electronic sounds since the 1970s. The band has always used synthesizers and belongs together with Can to the first generation of german rock groups in the electronic music field while people like Karlheinz Stockhausen had been experimenting with electronic sounds since the synthesizer appeared in the music instrument stores. However, Stockhausen is ‘serious’ composer, he has studied composition on the conservatory. We have posted about him in this blog, see the video clip with his composition Kontakte.

Ben Webster Performing the Song Perdido along with the Oscar Peterson Trio

Watch this video clip with the great tenor saxophone player Ben Webster improvising over the chord changes of the song Perdido. Some time ago, we have posted the same song performed by another jazz legend: Sarah Vaughan, go and listen to this version too, then compare and try to find out who you like better.
The group Ben Webster is playing with here is the Oscar Peterson Trio.
Ben Webster was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He started playing the saxophone in the early 20s of the past century and learned a lot from the inmortal Coleman Hawkins. Ben Webster has played with the bands and groups of Bennie Moten, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, and many others. Ben Webster’s favourite pieces are the jazz ballads, despite his excellent performances with the Duke Ellington Orchestra where he frequently performed up-tempo compositions with great improvisations. Ben Webster passed away in 1973.
As always when we present an important tenor saxophone jazz player, we invite you to participate in our poll and vote about the most important tenor sax jazz musician.