Friday Nite Jazz: Music for the Jazz Damaged

Vv_logoOutstanding Village Voice podcast/column on "Jazz for People Who Think They Hate Jazz," by LD Beghtol for our FNJ series.

It is a short set of songs programmed to engage those who are jazz damaged. Forget interminably long solos or boring improv — this is a lovely set of jazz greats, with a heavy emphasis on beautiful melody and gorgeous musicality.

The terrific thing about LD Beghtol’s podcast is he plays the full songs — not just a 30 second snipettes. Sit back and enjoy:

Here’s the playlist:

: Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker
"Look for the Silver Lining,"
Chet Baker Sings
(Blue Note, 1956)
: The Original: Complete Studio Recordings

Chico Hamilton
"The Morning After,"
Complete Pacific Jazz
The Original: Complete Studio Recordings 
(Galaxy, 1998)

: Complete Galaxy Recordings

Art Pepper 
"Over the Rainbow,"
Complete Galaxy Recordings

(Mosaic, 1989)

: Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961

Ahmad Jamal Trio 
"Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961
(Chess, 1998)

: The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1

Count Basie & His Orchestra
"Taxi War Dance"
The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1
(legacy, 1987)

: Lester Swings

Lester Young
"Lester Swings"
The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions
(Blue Moon Jazz, 2005)

: Dave Digs Disney

Dave Brubeck Quartet
"When You Wish upon a Star"
Dave Digs Disney
(Columbia, 1957)


: Volume 1: Tram! Frank Trumbauer's Legacy To American Jazz 1923-1929

Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix & Lang
Singin’ the Blues,"
Volume 1: Tram! Frank Trumbauer’s Legacy To American Jazz 1923-1929

: I Can't Get Started

Bunny Berigan
I Can’t Get Started
The Complete Brunswick, Parlophone and Vocalion Sessions
(Mosaic, 2003)

: The Bill Perkins Octet on Stage

Bill Perkins
"Song of the Islands,"
The Bill Perkins Octet on Stage
(Blue Note, 1956)


Note the newest category:  Friday Night Jazz

Playing Jazz for People Who Think They Hate Jazz
LD Beghtol
Village Voice, April 12th, 2007 12:48 PM,beghtol,76294,22.html

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  1. NC Jim commented on Apr 20


    This is the first time I have listened to Jazz since NC State in the early 60’s and I remember now why I liked it then. One of my favorites was an album lying around the fraternity house by Miles Davis. A blusey sound track recording of a French murder mystery that I have not heard since and haven’t a clue how to locate. Does this ring a bell and might you know the title? I would love to own a copy if it is available as a CD.

  2. NC Jim commented on Apr 21

    Thanx dude. The CD is now in my wish list.

  3. sahori commented on Apr 24


  4. Ken Dyck commented on Apr 24

    That’s an odd coincidence. On Saturday night I watched Sweet Smell of Success, a 1957 picture starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, on TVO. The Chico Hamilton Quintet makes a cameo appearance in the movie and plays a few tunes. And now they’re showing up on Friday Night Jazz. That’s a lot of Chico for one weekend… Not that I’m complaining. I just find it odd to see so much of them in such a short period of time.

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