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Here’s a great album of Joe Newman with Frank Wess in a “showcase” manner so the Jazz Con Class listeners can get an idea of the talent behind these two Jazz musicians. The name of this 1960 album is “Jive at Five” and includes the great pianist Tommy Flanagan. I featured an album of Thad Jones, After Hours” here before and Frank Wess was on his primary instrument, the flute but he could play the Alto just as well as this album proves it. I will feature more of Joe Newman in the near future, meanwhile, check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!

About the album:

Originally put out on the Swingville label, this CD reissue is very much in the Count Basie vein. That fact is not too surprising when one considers that the quintet includes three members of Basie’s men: trumpeter Joe Newman, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and bassist Eddie Jones. Joined by the complementary pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson, Newman and his friends swing their way….Read More

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Biography of Joe Newman:

Joe Newman was a superb, exciting trumpeter whose style echoed the best of Harry Edison, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thad Jones, seasoned with his own flavoring. He was among a select corps who not only enjoyed playing, but communicated that joy and exuberance in every solo. He provided high-note and upper-register antics, but functioned best doing soft, enticing melodies or engaging in mildly combative jam sessions. He was also an accomplished player in the traditional New Orleans style. Newman began his professional career with Lionel Hampton in 1942 and 1943, joining him after touring with the Alabama State Teachers College band. Newman became a member of the Count Basie orchestra in 1943, remaining until 1947…..Learn More

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