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Jazz Portraits

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 August 2012

Geoffrey Smith presents a gallery of jazz portraits, including works by Duke Ellington, Stan Tracey and John Surman.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Duke Ellington

    Duke Ellington Black Beauty

    Composer: Ellington

    Blue Feeling, Past Perfect, PPCD 78103. Tr.4

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Stompy Jones

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddy Jenkins, t; Juan Tizol, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton, tb; Johnny Hodges as, ss; Barney Bigard, ts; Harry Carney, bar; Fred Guy, g; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer,d. 9 January 1934

    Daybreak Express, RCA Victor, LPV-506. S2/3

  • Image for Stuff Smith

    Stuff Smith You're a Viper

    Composer: Smith Performers: Jonah Jones, t, v; James Sherman, p; Bobby Bennett, g; Mack Walker, b; Cozy Cole, d. 13 March 1936

    Onyx Club Spree, Topaz, TPZ 1061, Tr.6

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Taps Miller

    Composer: Basie / Russell, arr. Clayton Performers: Ed Lewis, Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Al Killian, t; Dicky Wells, Robert Scott, Eli Robinson, tb; Tab Smith, Earl Warren, Don Byas, Buddy Tate, Jack Washington, s; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 1942

    Basie Boogie, CBS, CBS 21063. S1/3

  • Image for Art Farmer & Benny Golson

    Art Farmer & Benny Golson Killer Joe

    Composer: Golson Performers: Curtis Fuller, tb; McCoy Tyner, p; Addison Farmer, Lex Humphries, d. 6,9, 10 February 1960.

    Meet the Jazztet, Pye Jazz, NJL 45. S2/5

  • Image for Woody Herman

    Woody Herman Sister Sadie

    Composer: Silver Performers: Bill Chase, Paul Fontaine, Dave Gale, Ziggy Harrell, Gerry Lamy, t; Jack Gale, Eddie Morgan, Phil Wilson, tb; Gordon Brisker, Larry Cavelli, Sal Nistico, ts; Gene Allen, bs; Nat Pierce, p; Chuck Andrus, b; Jake Hanna, d. 15,16 October 1962.

    Jazz Masters 54: Woody Herman, Verve, 5299032. Tr.2

  • Image for John Coltrane

    John Coltrane Naima

    Composer: Coltrane Performers: Wynton Kelly, p; Paul Chambers, b; Jimmy Cobb, d. 2 December 1959

    Giant Steps, Atlantic, 81227 3610-2. Tr.6

  • Image for Jaki Byard

    Jaki Byard Tillie Butterball

    Composer: Byard

    Hi-Fly, Original Jazz Classics, OJCCD 1874; Tr.2

  • Image for Kenny Wheeler

    Kenny Wheeler Propheticape

    Composer: Dankworth / Wheeler Performers: Derek Watkins, Henry Shaw, Henry Lowther, Les Condon, t; Chris Pyne, Mike Gibbs, tb; John Dankworth, Ray Swinfield, Tony Robert, Tony Coe, s; Alf Reece, Dick Hart, tb; Bob Cornford, Alan Brascombe, p; John McLaughlin, g; Dave Holland, b; John Spooner, d; Tristan Fry, per. March 1968

    Windmill Tilter: The Story of Don Quixote, BGO Records, BGOCD944. Tr. 7

  • Image for Ornette Coleman

    Ornette Coleman The Sphinx

    Composer: Coleman Performers: Don Cherry, t; Walter Norris, p; Don Payne, b; Billy Higgins, d. 10 and 22 February, 24 March 1958.

    Something Else!, Contemporary, OJCCD 1632 (1); Tr.9

  • Image for Stan Tracey

    Stan Tracey Alice in Jazz Land

    Composer: Tracey Performers: Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Ian Hamer, Les Condon, t; Keith Christie, Chris Smith, Wally Smith, tb; Alan Branscombe, Ronnie Baker, as; Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins, ts; Harry Klein, bs; Jeff Clyne, b; Ronnie Stephenson, d.

    Alive in Jazz Land, Columbia, SCX 6051. S1/1

  • Image for John Surman

    John Surman Hilltop Dancer

    Composer: Surman Performers: John Abercrombie, g; Drew Gress, b; Jack DeJohnette, d. September 2007.

    Brewster’s Rooster, ECM, ECM 2048. Tr.2;



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    Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

    Geoffrey Smith with his weekly selection of jazz. Each Saturday at midnight, Geoffrey Smith…

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