I missed the Central Avenue Jazz Fest over the weekend. So I decided to jazz out on YouTube instead. Found something quite nice, too, and there it is on my Video Bar:
The World Saxophone Quartet, performing last October at a high school in Lovejoy, Ill. (bari man Hamiet Bluiett’s home town).
WSQ, with varying personnel, has been creating remarkable art for the last 30 years. I’ve been digging them for about 23.
The school kids in the video look a little bored as the band blows and honks through “Hattie Wall,” its rollicking theme song. But the young’uns got to swinging when WSQ worked out on “For the Love of Money” (part 3).
This configuration of the quartet includes original member Oliver Lake, plus young lions James Carter and Greg Osby. The amateur videography is a drag, but the sounds are superb.