Here's a video of Evan Christopher at the Little Gem in New Orleans, performing Sidney Bechet's "Blues In the Air." Evan Christopher (clarinet), Don Vappie (guitar/bass), Joe Ashlar (keyboards), Herman LeBeaux (drums).
The great New Orleans clarinetist Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was one of the most important jazz musicians ever, and one of the first great soloists.
In his interview, Evan Christopher demonstrates Alphonse Picou's famous clarinet "obbligato" in "High Society," performed by the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with Oscar "Papa" Celestin. Here's a brief clip of Picou (1878-1961) performing the solo in 1959.
Alvin Batiste (1932-2007) was a jazz clarinetist, and one of the most important music educators in New Orleans. This short performance is recorded in 1997 in Isola del Liri, Italy.
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
Evan Christopher - "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans"
(music bed) Evan Christopher - "En Ti Punch"
(music bed) Johnny Dodds - "Perdido Street Blues"
(music bed) Albert Burbank - "Burgundy Street Blues"
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (with Johhny Dodds) - "The Last Time"
(music bed) Edmond Hall - "Clarinet Marmalade"
Edmond Hall - "Adam and Evie"
Barney Bigard - "Nine O'Clock"
(music bed) The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Oscar 'Papa' Celestin (with Alphonse Picou) - "High Society"
(music bed) Clarinet Summit (Alvin Batiste) - "Creole Love Call"
George Lewis - "Hindustan"
Sidney Bechet - "Blue Horizon"
(music bed) Evan Christopher - "Struttin' With Some BBQ"
Alvin Batiste- "Bumps"
Evan Christopher - "Rampart Street Ramble" (recorded live at Basin Street Station)
Evan Christopher - "Surrender Blue" (recorded live at Basin Street Station)
Evan Christopher - "Creole Wild West" (recorded live at Basin Street Station)
(music bed) Evan Christopher - "Manoir De Mes Reves"
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