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Jazz Icons Series 4

Anita O’Day Live in '63 and '70

Here are two wonderful concerts from 1963 and 1970 that present the ‘jazz singer supreme’ in impeccable form. O’Day’s horn-based approach to singing is in full effect throughout both shows, including stand-out renditions in each show of audience favourites Tea for Two and Sweet Georgia Brown (both reprised from her triumphant appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival). This DVD is a fitting testimony to one of jazz music’s true originals and shows unequivocally why she is ranked in the top tier of vocalists along with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday.
Woody Herman Live in ’64

A blistering one-hour concert from 1964 showcases one of the hottest line-ups of the ‘Swinging Herd’, including trumpeter Bill Chase, trombonist Phil Wilson and the amazing saxophonist Sal Nistico on the front line, as well as drummer Jake Hanna, bassist Chuck Andrus and pianist-arranger Nat Pierce in the rhythm section. Woody and his band roar throughout the entire show, which includes standards such as Lonesome Old Town and After You’ve Gone, as well as new originals including Charles Mingus’s Better Get It In Your Soul.
Art Blakey Live in ’65

This DVD boasts an exceptional one-hour concert by Art Blakey from Paris in 1965. This performance showcases one of the few undocumented Blakey bands, the New Jazzmen, featuring the incomparable Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, as well as Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Nathan Davis on sax and, of course, Art Blakey on drums – truly a powerhouse quintet! Freddie Hubbard’s incendiary playing on Blue Moon and the blistering 24-minute version of his own Crisis serves as a cogent reminder that he was one of the most innovative trumpeters in jazz history.
Jimmy Smith Live in ’69

Experience an incredible 90-minute concert from 1969 filmed in Paris. Working in his classic trio format (with longtime guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Charlie Crosby), jimmy shows why he is still the uncontested king of the jazz organ. Highlights include blues jams Got My Mojo Working and Sonnymoon For Two, the classic ballads Alfie and Satin Doll, as well as a blinding 23-minute version of his showcase number The Sermon.
Art Farmer Live in ’64

This DVD highlights an amazing one-hour Art Farmer concert from 1964 featuring the great flugelhornist in his prime. Farmer’s top-notch band includes legendary guitarist Jim Hall (fresh from Sonny Rollin’s band), drummer Pete LaRocca and Steve Swallow on bass. This legendary ensemble plays both standards and originals with ease and finesse and highlights why Farmer is considered one of the most innovative horn players in all of jazz.
Coleman Hawkins Live in ’62 and ’64

These two incredible concerts from 1962 and 1964 feature 140 minutes of music. Both feature stellar European and American side-musicians, including Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison on trumpet and drummer Papa Jo Jones – both jazz legends in their own right. The 1962 show is a newly-discovered one-hour concert from the Adolphe Sax Festival in Belgium, which has never been seen. Coleman Hawkins, ‘The Father of Jazz Saxophone’, demonstrates why he is still considered one of the most important innovators in the history of jazz.
Erroll Garner Live in ’63 and ’64

Two beautifully filmed concerts from 1963 and 1964 feature Errol Garner’s classic trio of bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelyl Martin. Erroll Garner was one of jazz’s true original players and this DVD showcases his improvisational brilliance on a parade of his most classic numbers. The trio delivers throughout both shows, including favourites Fly Me To The Moon and I Get A Kick Out Of You, as well as originals Erroll’s Theme, Mambo Erroll and his best-known composition Misty.
Series 4 Boxed Gift Set

Contains all seven Series 4 DVDs plus a bonus disc, not sold separately, featuring rare performances by  Coleman Hawkins Live in England in 1966 (with Louis Bellson and Belly Carter),  Erroll Garner Live in Holland in 1962 and Jimmy Smith Live in Denmark, 1969.

Jazz Icons Series 3

Reelin’ in the Years and Naxos proudly present the third Jazz Icons series, consisting of seven titles. Each DVD features a 24-page booklet with an essay written by an authoritative jazz historian as well as rare and unseen photos. Jazz Icons DVDs are produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates, who, in most cases, are contributing rare personal photographs, memorabilia, and forewords.

Sonny Rollins Live in '65 & '68

Two intimate concerts filmed in the ’60s for Danish television at the pinnacle of one of his most creative periods. Rollins is joined by some of the most legendary sidemen in jazz history, including 19-year-old Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, drum master Alan Dawson and pianist Kenny Drew. The performances on this DVD feature two incredible versions of his signature tune “St. Thomas,” and reinforce why Sonny Rollins’ incomparable style and genius continue to influence new generations of young jazz musicians.
Cannonball Adderley Live in '63

Boasts two beautifully filmed concerts from one of the most celebrated sextets in jazz history, captured at the top of their game. Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet) and the masterful Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe), provide a massive three-horn frontline attack, while the stellar rhythm section featuring a pre-Weather Report Joe Zawinul (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Louis Hayes (drums) fuel the songs with a deep infectious swing. Quincy Jones’ “Jessica’s Day” leaps from the gate with a huge “big band” sound that is extraordinary for only six musicians. This DVD is a reminder that Cannonball Adderley was one of the most outstanding and highly respected alto saxophonists in the history of jazz, a blues-based jazzman who could play anything in superb fashion.
Bill Evans Live '64-'75

Features five separate performances by one of the most revered pianists in music history. This collection covers an 11-year span, highlighting Evans’ ever-deepening artistry as he performs with four different all-star rhythm sections, including the stunning duo of bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson. This DVD includes for the first time on home video Evans’ renditions of the rarely performed “Sareen Jurer,” “Blue Serge” and “Twelve Tone Tune Two.” Among the many surprises in this collection is a live performance of “My Melancholy Baby” with saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Live in '63 & '67

Presents three astounding concerts by this musical superhero playing his entire instrumental arsenal of saxophone, flute, manzello, stritch, clarinet, siren and whistles— oftentimes simultaneously! Kirk is backed by extraordinary side musicians including legendary bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, drummers Alex Riel and Daniel Humair, and long-time pianist Ron Burton who keep the fire and swing burning throughout Rahsaan’s blazing workouts. This collection also includes two different renditions of “Three For The Festival,” arguably Kirk’s most spectacular performance piece, showcasing Rahsaan as a thunderous acrobatic player whose multiple horn work was all jazz and no gimmick.
Lionel Hampton Live in '58

Spotlights a fiery hour-long concert from one of the most beloved bandleaders in jazz history. Hamp, the irrepressible king of entertainers, plays vibes, drums, piano, and sings and dances as he and his legendary big band absolutely delight this Belgian audience.
Featuring stalwart jazz soloists such as Andy McGhee, Art Hoyle, Billy Mackel, Lou Blackburn, Bobby Plater, Wilbert Hogan, and Eddie Williams, the Hampton Orchestra plays Hamp’s signature blend of jump blues, jazz, and rhythm ’n’ blues, whipping the audience into a frenzy. Hamp made it his mission to bring the joys of American music to the rest of the world and this DVD preserves an incredible example of his work for ages to come.
Oscar Peterson Live in '63, '64 & '65

Follows the incredible Oscar Peterson Trio through three years in three different countries, delighting audiences with their classic repertoire and their unparalleled musicianship. This legendary ’60s trio consisting of Peterson on piano, longtime partner Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums toured the world over, and are still considered one of the most formidable jazz combos ever. This DVD features a very early performance of Peterson’s signature tune “Hymn To Freedom,” as well as a special guest segment showcasing the amazing Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn.
Nina Simone Live in '65 & '68

Features two incredible concerts from 1965 and 1968 showcasing the multifaceted diva in all her glory. Simone shines as a jazz vocalist extraordinaire on “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” as a definitive folk interpreter on Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown” and as a passionate civil rights activist on both the epic “Four Women” and the scorching “Mississippi Goddam.” This DVD is a must for Nina Simone fans as she displays all of the qualities that made her both a supremely gifted jazz singer and pianist as well as the “High Priestess of Soul.”
Series 3 Boxed Gift Set
(All 7 for the price of 6-plus an exclusive bonus disc!)


Contains all seven new titles plus a bonus disc, not sold separately, containing exclusive performances by Sonny Rollins in 1959, Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1963 and Nina Simone in 1965.

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