Give credit where credit’s due: There was a great story in the Seattle Times this weekend about the unearthing of jazz gold at a landfill outside San Francisco, where a storage container sat stuffed with reel-to-reel tapes of some of the greatest jazz artists of the 20th century. Of note is a live recording of a 1956 "Jazz at the Philharmonic: Seattle" concert boasting performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Stan Getz. "Yes, all on the same show," reports Paul de Barros. "This remarkable, two-disc live recording, made on Oct. 11, 1956, at the old Civic Auditorium (now the site of McCaw Hall), showcases not only the artists above, but saxophonists Sonny Stitt, Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet; guitarist Herb Ellis; bassist Ray Brown; trumpeter Roy Eldridge; and drummers Gene Krupa and Jo Jones. It is a feast."
And according to de Barros, this isn’t some bootleg—it’s likely a professional broadcast, crisp and clear. The two-disc recording was re-released yesterday on the British label Acrobat, and it’s already out of stock on Amazon. But once they release more, it’s well worth your $15. Read the full story on seattletimes.com.