Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His Orchestra – C Jam Blues – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“C Jam Blues”“ is a jazz standard composed in 1942 by Duke Ellington….and performed by countless other musicians such as Dave Grusin, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Peterson, and Charles Mingus….and as the title suggests….the piece follows a twelve-bar blues form in the key of C major….as the tune is well known for being extremely easy to play….with the entire melody featuring only two notes….G and C. A performance typically…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got That Swing

Joe Williams (December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999) was an American jazz singer….who sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra….and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra….plus with his combos…. while singing in two films with the Basie orchestra….and sometimes he worked as an actor.  Williams worked as a singer and bouncer in Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s….when he began singing…

Music – 1980 – Drummer Max Roach & Billy Taylor Orchestra – What Am I Here For

Max Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer….who was a pioneer of bebop….along with his work in many other styles of music…. and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history…..after having worked with many famous jazz musicians…..including Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy,  Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Booker Little, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Roach also led…