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Jaki Byard: "Anything For Jazz"

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Damn. A fine 22-minute documentary.

 

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Yes! Thanks for sharing!

 

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I shared a few broadcasts by Jaki Byard with his surviving daughter, she appreciated it. One was a solo set at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

I love documentaries but always want to hear complete performances.

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The only time I was fortunate enough to see Jaki live was as a sideman for a Ricky Ford led gig at Sweet Basil sometime in the '90's. I had a few Ford discs but I went to see Jaki. 

Ronnie Burrage was on drums but I don't recall the bass player.

I had dragged two friends to the set, one of which was the drummer of a pop/rock group who's 1990 debut had been highly acclaimed. 

Jaki took ill midway through the set and had to be led out on a stretcher. I never had the opportunity to see him again. Nor have I seen Ricky again, which is a great shame.

My friend, who had never prior attended a live jazz performance commented after the set something to the effect that he was ashamed to call himself a drummer. 

Ronnie Burrage left quite the impression. I wonder whatever happened to him.

In any event, Jaki is timeless and remains one of my favorites. 

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