hoist the jazz flag
Thelonious Monk upon arrival for a performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, February 14 1964 (photos by Jac de Nijs)

Thelonious Monk upon arrival for a performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, February 14 1964 (photos by Jac de Nijs)

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers performing live at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, November 14 and 15 1959  (photos by Herbert Behrens)

Mahalia Jackson in 1957 (photos by Lee Friedlander)

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freddie roach - brown sugar (sleeve art)

Freddie Roach - The Right Time (1964)

Saturday night is the right time for this undulating, down-tempo groove…

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dizzy reece - comin' on! (sleeve art)

Dizzy Reece - Ye Olde Blues (1960)

Trumpeter Dizzy Reece leads Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers’ rhythm section on this sparkling session, which went unreleased for 39 long years. Hard to believe, since these musicians swing right out of the gates for Reece and Stanley Turrentine, who incidentally makes his Blue Note debut here.

He [James Stevenson] told us about driving to up-state New York for a duo bass and piano gig with Sonny Clark one night and they were stopped by cops who gave the African-American Clark a hard time because he didn’t have a photo ID. James had been driving, so why did it matter so much that Clark didn’t have an ID? Clark had with him several vinyl records he’d recorded on the Blue Note label and he held up one of them to the police – one with a big picture of himself on the cover [likely Leapin’ and Lopin’]– and he said, “This is me.” Both James and Sonny ended up in jail, for no reason.

http://www.jazzloftproject.org/blog/general/jimmys-last-jam

Being my all-time favorite pianist, Sonny Clark’s breaks my heart because the anecdote speaks volumes to the tremendous difficulty African-American jazz musicians encountered at every turn in their simple pursuit of a living. 

New York City, 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)

New York City, 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)

Tina Brooks during his The Waiting Game recording session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 2 1961 (photo by Francis Wolff)

Tina Brooks during his The Waiting Game recording session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 2 1961 (photo by Francis Wolff)

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tina brooks - the waiting game (sleeve art)

Tina Brooks - The Waiting Game (1961)

Tina Brooks’ solo on this absolute ringer of a tune is just too good to have been shelved 41 years.

The 12 year old in me will always miss these ancient relics.

The 12 year old in me will always miss these ancient relics.

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grant green - talkin' about (sleeve art)

Grant Green - Talkin’ About J.C. (1964)

Per the reblog I just posted, here’s Elvin Jones, Larry Young and Grant Green “talkin’ about” J.C., THEE John Coltrane. 

Bonus! Here’s a photo of Elvin Jones from the Talkin’ About session…

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Jazz (dir. Ken Burns, 2000)

Anita O’Day in New York City, 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)

Anita O’Day in New York City, 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)

Herbie Hancock during Kenny Dorham’s Una Mas recording session, April 1, 1963 (photo by Francis Wolff)

Herbie Hancock during Kenny Dorham’s Una Mas recording session, April 1, 1963 (photo by Francis Wolff)

[left to right] Lawrence “Larance” Marable, Frank Morgan, Teddy Charles, Dick Nivison, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Clark during Teddy Charles’ West Coasters Adventures in California recording session for Prestige Records, Los Angeles, CA, February 20 1953 (unknown photog)

[left to right] Lawrence “Larance” Marable, Frank Morgan, Teddy Charles, Dick Nivison, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Clark during Teddy Charles’ West Coasters Adventures in California recording session for Prestige Records, Los Angeles, CA, February 20 1953 (unknown photog)