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As we stated here at Revive Music before, Manhattan wasn’t the only place in New York where jazz was cooking and innovating. Brooklyn has been keep reading »

In the middle of his 6-year stint with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter recorded several of his own albums. 1964 in particular was a busy year for this New Jersey born saxophonist. Fresh off the release of Night Dreamer and Juju, Wayne began recording the album Speak No Evil. Pushing away from the sound of Lee Morgan, and Miles Davis, Wayne decided to bring in Freddie Hubbard. What they recorded together on Speak No Evil is perhaps the greatest documentation of their work together.

Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Eubie Blake are among the many who called Brooklyn home for a time, and we are all the better for what they created during that time. Had it not been for these men and women, Brooklyn Jazz wouldn’t be putting the dent into music that it is now; stirring the pot in the mainstream while lighting a fire under established players who just want to play standards all day. Here are some of the borough’s legends that made history by not being satisfied with keeping the peace.

This album is frequently left off of the top lists of Freddie Hubbard recordings. It wasn’t the first record and it wasn’t the last either (it was the 11th actually, but his first live album as a leader). The Night of the Cookers was recorded at Club La Marchal in Brooklyn (formerly on Nostrand & President) on April 9 & 10, 1965. When originally released, it was split into two discs by Blue Note Records with two songs on each side—though it was eventually brought together into a single package. While often overlooked, this album places two of the preeminent trumpet players of all time together for two nights in Brooklyn ripping up the stage as they trade lines back and forth in Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.

As we prepare to celebrate the music of Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter with the Revive Big Band in Brooklyn, we are taking a look at the music of these two giants of jazz. Today we’re streaming a live video of Freddie Hubbard leading an amazing band of veteran musicians at the Village Vanguard.

Few drummers so strongly represent a time in music more so than New York City native Lenny White. Coming out of Jamaica, Queens by 18, the left-handed drummer was picked up by serial bandleader and educator Jackie McLean with whom he gained his initial chops. Within two years White had already got the call to record the formative Miles Davis album Bitches Brew — alongside fellow drummer Jack DeJohnette — a record that would go on to become a staple of the jazz canon and ultimately jumpstart White’s fusion of jazz and rock, a style that he would come to help define.

Impulse! Records, one of the definitive trailblazers in recorded jazz, celebrates their 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center with two nights of performances a consortium of contemporary jazz heroes (Eric Reed, Stacy Dillard, Andy Bey, and others), playing the repertoires of John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, and other jazz legends that put Impulse on the map, followed by Reggie Workman’s African-American Legacy Project (Coltrane’s former bassist).

The trumpet’s history spans thousands of years, from an Afro-Asiatic origin, passed on through the Middle Ages in Europe, to what we now widely associate with American jazz music. Early jazz trumpeters started off playing the cornet until the mainstreaming of the trumpet deemed it obsolete.