Sonny Rollins and Bob French


March 18th, 2009 ~ Saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins has been igniting the jazz scene ever since he was a kid in the 1940s, hanging out with his mentor Thelonious Monk. We'll talk with the jazz master about his work with Miles and Monk among others, and his current improvisatory explorations. Then, we'll visit with New Orleans' own jazz legend, Bob French, leader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, to learn the finer points of keeping time in the Crescent City.

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  • Open Bed: The Freedom Suite Sonny Rollins
    Freedom Suite , Riverside
  • Green Dolphin Street Nancy Wilson
    The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz and Blues Sessions , Capitol Jazz
  • Oleo Miles Davis
    Bags Groove , Prestige
  • My Window Faces South Fats Waller
    Fats Waller and His Rhythm: The Middle Years Part I, 1936-38, Bluebird/RCA
  • Cow-Cow Boogie Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
    From the Vaults, Volume 1: The Birth of a Label , Capitol
  • Instrumental: Hold 'Em Joe Sonny Rollins
    Sonny Rollins' Finest Hour , UMVD
  • Calypso Be Bop Lord Flea & Calypsonians
    Swingin' Calipsos , Capitol
  • Trinidad, Hello Dizzy Gillespie
    Jambo Caribe , Verve
  • SEGMENT: Sonny Rollins Part 1
  • Instrumental: On the Sunny Side of the Street Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins
    Sonny Side Up, Verve
  • SEGMENT: Sonny Rollins Part 2
  • I'm a Cowboy Danny Barker
    Save the Bones, Orleans
  • The Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson
    Red Headed Stranger , Columbia
  • It Ain't Necessarily So Mary Lou Williams
    The First Lady of the Piano 1952-1971, Giants of Jazz
  • East of the Sun (West of the Moon) Billie Holiday
    Solitude , Polygram
  • India Joshua Redman
    Back East , Nonesuch
  • End Bed: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise Sonny Rollins
    Ballads: Sonny Rollins , Blue Note
  • New Orleans Stomp Louis Armstrong
    The New Orleans Collection , CMC
  • Blue Yodel No. 9 Jimmie Rodgers, Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man , Columbia
  • Muskrat Ramble Bob French's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
    Livin' the Legacy , Royal Tuxedo
  • Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home Nellie Lutcher
    Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm , Bear Family
  • I Think You Get What I Mean Nat King Cole Trio
    The Cocktail Combos , Capitol
  • Instrumental: Easy Listening Blues Nat King Cole Trio
    The Cocktail Combos , Capitol
  • Les Oignons BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
    Alligator Purse , Yep Roc
  • Eh La Bas Billie & DeDe Pierce
    Gulf Coast Blues , Arhoolie
  • Heebies Jeebies George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers
    George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers, Blue Note
  • SEGMENT: Bob French
  • Instrumental: El Paso Rock Long John Hunter
    Ooh Wee Pretty Baby! , Norton
  • Ponderosa Stomp Lazy Lester
    House Rockin' & Hip Shakin' Volume 4: Bayou Blues Harp , Hip-O
  • Barefootin' Robert Parker
    Barefootin': Golden Classics , Collectables
  • Linda Lu Ray Sharpe
    Linda Lu, Bear Family
  • A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe
    Absolutely the Best , Fuel 2000
  • I'm a Country Boy Blind Snooks Eaglin
    That's All Right , Prestige/Bluesville
  • End Bed: Hideaway Snooks Eaglin
    American Routes original recording,