Randy Crawford

Randy Crawford & The Joe Sample Trio

08.07.2013

Live at Auditorium Stravinski

I play the street life! Listening to the hit song, what woman doesn’t see herself striding along an airport travelator à la Pam Grier? Randy Crawford is a unifying R&B pearl, at ease on a Funk base inherited from the best Blaxploitation years. We neer tire of the classic dashes of disco violins and hot bass lines either! Randy will be at the Club with Joe Sample, her long-time partner on the piano. Working with big shots like B.B. King, Miles Davis, George Benson, Clapton, Minnie Ripperton or the Supremes has helped build Joe’s reputation, but above all he’s the founder of The Crusaders. Along with this delicious duo, the cruise promises to be a gas! (FFJM © 2013)

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Randy Crawford & The Joe Sample Trio - Street Life

08.07.2013

Live at Auditorium Stravinski

I play the street life! Listening to the hit song, what woman doesn’t see herself striding along an airport travelator à la Pam Grier? Randy Crawford is a unifying R&B pearl, at ease on a Funk base inherited from the best Blaxploitation years. We neer tire of the classic dashes of disco violins and hot bass lines either! Randy will be at the Club with Joe Sample, her long-time partner on the piano. Working with big shots like B.B. King, Miles Davis, George Benson, Clapton, Minnie Ripperton or the Supremes has helped build Joe’s reputation, but above all he’s the founder of The Crusaders. Along with this delicious duo, the cruise promises to be a gas! (FFJM © 2013)

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Joe Sample featuring Randy Crawford

06.07.2005

Live at Casino Barrière Montreux

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Joe Sample Trio

13.07.2005

Live at Auditorium Stravinski

 

With Special Guest Randy Crawford


Joe Sample is a founder member of The Crusaders and one of the pioneers of state-of-the-art piano jazz. "When I began, I always asked myself what the origins of our music were all about", he said. "I became a sort of historian of jazz and also of all Afro-American music." He took to the electric keyboard in the 70s, and became a top name in funk. At the Montreux Jazz Festival where he is part of a trio, Joe Sample will be accompanied by the singer Randy Crawford, who is known the world over by her single "Street Life" and the world tours that she's made with, of all things... The Crusaders! So at this reunion here tonight, the wheel's come full circle. (FFJM © 2005)

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Tribute to Nesuhi Ertegun

02.07.2006

Live at Auditorium Stravinski

 

With Ahmet Ertegun, Ornette Coleman, Sergio Mendes, Joe Sample, George Duke, Randy Crawford, New Orleans All Star

We're back in 1965. It's the first time Claude Nobs has visited New York. He's crazy about jazz and soul music, and knows by heart all the performers on the atlantic Records label. Bold as brass, Claude Nobs sauntered into label's offices and sas he wants to see Nesuhi ertegun. The secretary then politely asks him if he already knows her boss, but Claude Nobs isn't put off: "Sure, his name's on all my records!"...

Nesuhi Ertegun, who's totally taken in by the enthusiasm and the cheek of the young lad not only welcomes him, but takes him under his wing as well. Thanks to his benefactor, Claude Nobs succeeds in inviting Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack to his festival. That's how a firm friendship was struck up between Nesuhi Ertegun and Claude Nobs. Besides, the festival's founder considers Nesuhi, Ahmed's elder brother, as his spiritual father. The latter fell for black music during his childhood and adolescence in Washington DC. It was t become his driving force from 1956 on, when Nesuhi joined Atlantic, a record company set up nine earlier by his younger brother. He was destined to spend most of gifted performers: John Coltrane, Charles mIngus, Ornette Coleman and Modern Jazz Quartet, to name a few. When he took over the rhythm'n'blues label, he produced hits by Ray Charles, Bobby Darin and Roberta Flack. Before becoming the head of WEA International when Atlantic was bought upd by Warner Music in 1967. This soul and jazz junkie finally left the world stage in New York 1989. At the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman, Sergio Mendes and other surprise guests will pay homage to this man who loved jazz and soul and who, through his passion for music, did whatever he could for performers... (FFJM © 2006)

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Tommy LiPuma 75th Birthday

05.07.2011

Live at Auditorium Stravinski

 

Tommy LiPuma was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 5, 1936. During the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival, the American producer celebrated his 75th year at the Auditorium Stravinski, surrounded by artists he has successfully accompanied throughout the decades: Randy Crawford, Dr. John, Diana Krall, George Benson, Leon Russell, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Dan Hicks and David Sanborn. The rhythm section was no less exceptional, comprising Joe Sample, Ricky Peterson, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash. As well as enjoying a career spanning more than 40 years, Tommy LiPuma has been nominated 30 times for Grammys, winning this prestigious award three times: in 1976 for Breezin by George Benson, in 1991 for Natalie Cole’s rendition of Unforgettable and again in 1999 for When I look in your Eyes by Diana Krall. Eighteen gold and platinum records have followed his first big hit “Guantanamera” by the Sandpipers in 1966. (FFJM © 2011)

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Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince.

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