Sarah Vaughan – The Divine One and Sassy – Together they spun wonderment.
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Since we’re kicking off Festival Season and the celebration of new and emerging talent, I thought it might be a good idea to check out one of the greatest and most celebrated voices in the world of Jazz from the recent past; Sarah Vaughan.
Described as “one of the most wondrous voices in Jazz” Sarah Vaughan, along with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald have been regarded as the finest and most versatile vocalists the Jazz idiom has ever produced – and as of today, that assessment hasn’t changed.
So this weekend I thought I would run one of her concerts, originally broadcast as part of NPR’s Jazz Alive series. From May 31, 1978, an appearance by Sarah Vaughan at Rosie’s in New Orleans.
The Divine One in concert in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Goes perfect with Sunday. . . .or Monday or Tuesday or . . . .
From NPR’s legendary and much lamented Jazz Alive! series comes this weekend’s Downbeat post. Recorded at the 3rd Annual Art Park Jazz Festival in Lewiston New York, between September 1-3, 1979 and featuring the Lee Konitz Nonet.
I have a number of more recent concerts from Konitz performing in Europe, and I will be putting those up over the coming months, but this one is not only a great concert, it’s also from one of the most adventuresome concert series produced for radio in the 1970’s at a time when radio was still important and Public Radio was still vital.
And Lee Konitz is heading up a great group on this session.