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This Thursday, February 11, two preserved episodes of Stars of Jazz, the award winning ABC TV series from 1956-1958, will be shown via a collaboration between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Eventbrite. Registration for viewing is free.
 
 
Both episodes are from 1958 when the series enjoyed a brief stint on the national ABC schedule. Prior to April 1958 the series was viewable only to local Los Angeles television audiences.
 
Segments of both programs have been uploaded by fans to YouTube, but these are poor quality and do not do justice to the series. Both episodes feature restored sound.
 
May 19, 1958
The Lighthouse All Star regulars (in 1958):
Howard Rumsey (b), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Cooper (ts), Victor Feldman (p, vib, cga), and Stan Levey (d).
Special guests for this episode (former members of the All Stars): Shorty Rogers (flhrn) and Bud Shank (as).
Vocal segment: Julie London (vcl) - lip sync to Liberty Record recording 
 
October 6, 1958
The Max Roach Quintet:
Max Roach (d), Ray Draper (tu), George Coleman (ts), Booker Little (tp), and Art Davis (b).
Vocal segment: Mary Ann McCall (vcl), Lou Levy (p), Herb Ellis (g), Art Davis (b), and Max Roach (d).
 
Jim 

 

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Wow--thanks for the heads-up on this!  I think I can make it home from work in time to settle in for viewing.

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Very cool thanks for letting us know.

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It should be noted that the OP wrote a great book on the Stars of Jazz TV program. Thanks, James!

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6 minutes ago, sgcim said:

It should be noted that the OP wrote a great book on the Stars of Jazz TV program. Thanks, James!

I've got it!  :tup

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Registered, and looking forward to this!

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3 hours ago, sgcim said:

It should be noted that the OP wrote a great book on the Stars of Jazz TV program. Thanks, James!

What is OP and is the book still available?

 

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53 minutes ago, bertrand said:

What is OP and is the book still available?

 

Original Poster, i.e., James Harrod. 

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Oh. I did not know about this book, is it in print?

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I have registered. How do I access the program on Thursday? Both sessions were released on Calliope LPs- Max Roach on CAL-3013 and Howard Rumsey on CAL-3030.

Edited by Stonewall15
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9 hours ago, Stonewall15 said:

I have registered. How do I access the program on Thursday? Both sessions were released on Calliope LPs- Max Roach on CAL-3013 and Howard Rumsey on CAL-3030.

I wonder if MP3s of the Roach tracks are floating around.

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Got my email with the video link about an hour ago — so if anyone didn’t get theirs, check your spam folders.

Starts at 7pm eastern (4pm Pacific).  Might not be too late to register, I’m not sure.

It seems the Max Roach episode is FIRST — so don’t be late!!

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Looks like this will be a very late night. Just got my registration. Kickoff 12am local time.

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Nice show!  Great to see Booker Little!

Thanks James.

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Sadly, the video feed kept locking up here but what I saw was very interesting. Need to get the book !

A big improvement in the quality of the Max Roach restoration compared with the version on a YouTube.

Thanks !

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I just watched it as well, thanks!  Put some notes in the thread about Calliope.  Thank you for your insights and your book, James!

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Can we put the same post on 2 different threads?  The Max  Roach Quintet had Ray Draper on tuba. 

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Very enjoyable--thanks much, James!  As jazztrain noted, great to see Booker Little (and George Coleman!  only musician still alive from both episodes that were shown, I think?)--also Mary McCall.  I liked the visual backdrops that the show used, too... all of this makes me want to dig deeper into James' book.  Bobby Troup "It's no coincidence that Julie London is on this show..."  :)    

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I think I saw that Julie London clip of ‘Free and Easy’ at one of Mark Cantor’s film shows a fair number of years ago. Nice to be reminded of it again.

Just a shame that the soloists never have much time on these short shows to stretch out a bit. The Booker Little glimpses were priceless - George C. and Ray Draper too.

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I have some questions, I guess for James Harrod.

1) Will we be able to watch the Max Roach segment again?

2) Better yet, will this ever be released commercially?

3) They play Minor Mode Blues, Scene Is Clean and Love For Sale. What is the opening and closing theme?

4) They were at Monterey just before that. Is there a recording? Many Monterey gigs were recorded...

 

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Not often you see film of Victor Feldman on congas either !

Wonder if anyone else outside the US was able to view this one without the frequent outages requiring reloads from the link - or maybe it was my rubbish internet?

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