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The Subject is Jazz: 1958 TV Show Video

Funny how things have changed in 50 years….

Below is an episode of Billy Taylor’s’ 1958 TV show, “The Subject Is Jazz,” featuring Bill Evans, Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Jimmy Cleveland, Doc Severinsen, Ed Thigpen, Mundell Lowe, Eddie Safranski and George Russell.

Can you imagine a TV show on today called “The Subject is Jazz”..?? That would go over like a lead balloon with TV executives today. It is hard to believe thought this has been 50 years already.

Interesting to note how young Doc Severinson looks and he plays fantastic. When he was fronting the band on the Tonight Show for so many years, I’ll bet very few people realized he could play bebop like this.

31 Responses to “The Subject is Jazz: 1958 TV Show Video”

  • kbsmusic101 says:

    anyone else think the alto player is non other than the amazing Gene Quill?

  • riteguard22 says:

    this is incredible!… but also irritating because i want to buy some jazz records that sound like this and have no idea where to start….:(

  • zeropitz says:

    greet song dude

  • Streamline09 says:

    And much respect to George Russell for his important contributions to music.

  • Streamline09 says:

    Wow. Awesome music and discussion. Where is this effort of willingness to expose the general public to experimentation and Jazz on TV today? Thank you Dr. Billy Taylor for all you’ve continued to do to bring to us some of the best music and musicians. Thank you Jazzvideoguy, for this clip.

  • itsjonlikeomg says:

    anyone know the name of the opening song?

  • bluenote357 says:

    Miracles were everywhere. Thanks for posting this.

  • bluenote357 says:

    I agree with what you say. George Russell and company made art music, tough to make a living that way, but it will live on. Jazz is still out there, but you have to search amidst a sea of talented people without originality. To quote Steve Lacy, “When the giants died, the midgets took over”.

  • doogieb says:

    I wonder if I can still get the discography is I write to the address on the screen… :-)

  • Matt says:

    streamline…Wynton does alot of Jazz education on tv…also in the 50’s and 60’s jazz started to take a back seat to fusion and then rock and roll and the rest is history.

  • jacintalinta says:

    muito bom
    muito bom mesmo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aimichiyo says:

    ‘THE FUTURE OF JAZZ”? This is as good, if not better than where jazz has gone since this video was recorded back in the days when jazz was a more viable entity in America. Now we have Kenny “G” and Wynton Marsalis…oh boy..!!
    We’ve lost or taste for greatness…

  • hiddentech says:

    Tank you very much I m only 30 yo but i love this stuff

  • dreadtodred says:

    is that jimmy cleveland on the bone?

  • shareteddy says:

    It seems that everyone at one time needed to disprove that it was not a fully functionl and educational music that has its own langauge and can be taught and learned to many and still appeals to many not just the highly educated elite it is warm and fills the soul Jazz it the original music of America and will be here forever.

  • QuentinNorth says:

    Simply brilliant! thank you so much for posting..I ve been tryin to understand the LCC for a while now…Russell’s brief explanation doesn’t really help…(but then again so doesnt the book itself..)but the music is beautiful and Bill Evan’s performance is stunning..

  • FLCL2010 says:

    lol is that bill evans he was buff before he started all those drugs

  • wrettler says:

    I think the same

  • naranjamekaniko says:

    magnificent !

  • eightstring says:

    Wow ! This is priceless. Many thanks for posting this film

    RC

  • mustardsucks says:

    no joke. I love jazz music. but I still hate mustard.

  • b30307 says:

    Ballads maybe? There are so many Jazz artists who play ballads well. My favorite was pianist Bill Evans,(1929-1980). He played and co-write Miles “Blue In Green” mentioned by geostefos.
    Happy hunting.

  • agentfunk69 says:

    Might I suggest “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles gavis w/ John Coltrane, annonball Adderly and Gil Evans. One of the most beautiful tunes ever recorded

  • ShtotaKoya says:

    i understood from him that he is looking to a more traditional sound, something like billy holiday ballads. and for a slow miles i would recommend ‘my funny valentine’ tough it does require a trained ear and much patiance.

  • geostefos says:

    You could try to listen to Miles Davis “Blue in Green” will amaze you!!!

  • cheyamil says:

    i would like to get some slow sad jazz but i dont know the right name for the type of jazz i am looking for, so JazzVideoGuy if you please tell me.

  • FRANK COLLETT says:

    I WONDER IF ANY OF YOU OUT THERE KNOW WHAT COLUMBIA RECORDS SPENT TO PAY FOR THE ALBUM ”KIND OF BLUE”…$3000.00!!! AND THE SIDEMEN GOT ABOUT $65.00 EACH. AND SO FAR TO THIS DATE THE COMPANY MUST MADE SOMETHING LIKE IN THE MILLIONS OFF THAT ONE ALBUM…HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES??? KEEP PRACTICING! FRANK COLLETT.

  • lyfemynde says:

    Well riteguard I would try all those reissues from say 1947 to 1960. Miles – Coltrane – Dizz – Parker – Jerry Mulligan – Art Pepper – Well I don’t have the space to go on and on. Google it you’d be amazed what you come up with. Of course you do have the problem of the artificial sound coming from CDs. Those old old vinyl not the fidelity but oh! the immediacy and intimacy is so good I agree its too bad that they don’t have programs like this anymore. Less than half an hour long but how pithy and deep and yes relaxed. Wonderful stuff. George Russel? – wasn’t that trading fours? simultaneous leads?

  • carli says:

    Oh, Fantastic
    Thank you very much

  • Art says:

    Billy the Kid=I’ll remember april.

  • Kride says:

    Nice show. Shapshot of that era. I think Jazz still has a future but we can’t forget that for a 17 year old this stuff is 70 years and from his perception heavily dated. Kind of like when I used to watch the old farts who raved about dixieland when I was a kid. So, we have to stay relevant in our education models. K

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