Celebrating Art Blakey

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

As Kansas City celebrates the legacy of jazz great Art Blakey, get in on the action with these examples of jazz on DVD available at The Kansas City Public Library.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (DVD 781.65 B63ZA)
Blakey performs with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, among others, in this entry in the Jazz at the Smithsonian program.

Dexter Gordon: Live in ’63 & ’64 (DVD 781.65 G66L)
Gordon is captured performing in Holland, Switzerland, and Belgium in this entry in the Jazz Icons series.

Jazz Giants of the 20th Century

Jazz Giants of the 20th Century (DVD 781.65 J4295)
The lineup includes: Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie, among others.

Louis Armstrong: Live in ’59 (DVD 781.65 A73L)
In another of the Jazz Icons series, the great trumpeter performs some signature pieces such as Basin Street Blues and Tiger Rag.

Norman Granz Presents Improvisation (DVD 781.65 I349)
Performers here include Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, and Oscar Peterson.

Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now Live (DVD 781.65 P29S)
Lee’s Summit’s own is showcased.

Wes Montgomery: Live in ’65 (DVD 781.65 M78L)
The great jazz guitarist is showcased—along with an appreciative essay by Pat Metheny who remembers seeing him at the 1968 Kansas City Jazz Festival.)

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