Jazz: A Family Affair Jazz Journey 02/05/2019

Jazz: A Family Affair Jazz Journey 02/05/2019


There are many families of musicians.  It is almost like passing a family vocation from generation to generation.  Is it because the are predisposed to music or that they are brought up steeped in it’s essence?  We will explore a few of these families.

The Mills Brothers:  Father John Sr.  was a barber and owned his own barbershop and had a barbershop quartet.  Four sons were members of The Mills Brothers who used their voices in amazing ways, sometimes sounding like instruments.  Donald (lead tenor), Herbert (tenor), Harry (baritone), and John Jr (guitar, double bass, vocals)

Tiger Rag – Golden Greats

Smoke Rings – Golden Greats

Dedicated to you (with Ella Fitzgerald) – Golden Greats

The Marsalis Family:  Father Ellis (piano) who was a performer and educator and encouraged his children to embrace music.  Of 6 sons, 4 have made music their life.  Branford (sax), Wynton (trumpet), Delfeayo (trombone, record producer), and Jason (drummer).

Ellis & Branford – Maria – Loved ones

Wynton – Dead Man Blues – Standard Time, Vol 6: Mr. Jelly Lord

Jason – O.G.D. aka Road Song – Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

Delfeayo (with his Uptown Jazz Orch) – Put Your Right Foot Forward – Make America Great Again!

The Brubeck Family: Dave (piano, composer) and wife Iola (lyricist) had 6 children, four of which became musicians.  Darius (piano, producer, educator, performer), Chris (bass, trombone, composer), Dan (drums), and Matt (cello, bass, keyboards, composer, arranger).

Dave & Chris – I Thought About You – JAzz After Dark II

Dave – Unsquare Dance (written in 7/4 time) – Greatest Hits

Iola (lyrics) & Dave (Carmen McRae vocals) – Weep No More – Sings Lover Man and Other…

Darius – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Before It’s Too Late

Matt (Oranj Symphonette) – Mr, Lucky – Plays Mancini

Chris & Dan (Brubeck Brothers Quartet) – Change Up – Intuition

Crosby Brothers:  Bing (singer, actor) and Bob (snger, bandleader, Bob Crosby Show TV)

Bing – Swinging On A Star – Greatest Film Hits

Bob – When I Grow To Old To Dream – V-Discs: the Songs That Went To War

Cohen Siblings: Anat (tenor sax, carinet), Avashai (trumpet), Yuval (soprano sax)

Anat – Agada Yapanit (A Japanese Tale)- Poetica

Yuval – Now Memories – The Knock On The Door (Michel Sidi-Levy)

Anat, Avashai, Yuval – It Could Happen To You – Braid

Jones Siblings: Thad (trumpet, cornet, composer, bandleader, count Basie Orch 10 years), Hank (pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader), And Elvin (drummer – John Coltrane Quartet)

Hank – Thad’s Pad – Complete Original Trio Recordings

Elvin – Four And Six – Elvin!

Thad (with Joe Williams & Mel Lewis Orch) – Get Out Of My Life Woman – Blue Break Beats vol 3

Mother and Daughter: Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals) and China Moses (vocals)

China – Watch Out – Nightintales

Dee Dee – I’m A Stranger Here Myself – This Is New

Gabin ft Dee Dee – Into My Soul – Mr. Freedom

Gabin ft China – Just Be Yourself –   ”   ”


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