By: Concert Vault
Shortly before the annual Newport Festivals in 1968, festival director George Wein helped stage another landmark event billed as "The Roots of Jazz" as part of the first year's programming at the Hampton Jazz Festival in Virginia. The concert was brilliantly conceived on both a musical and an educational level, featuring the ominous Delta blues of Skip James, the church influenced gospel leanings of the Staple Singers, the Dixieland jazz of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, the electrified city blues of the Muddy Waters Blues Band, and the Harlem stride piano of Willie "The Lion" Smith (the Earl "Fatha" Hines set that capped the night off will be available in the Concert Vault at a later date). The master recordings from that memorable evening not only capture these performances in remarkable quality, but also convey a musical evolution in a most enjoyable way.
This playlist presents the evening's performances in their original running order in order to highlight the contextual flow between them. To download or learn more about the individual sets, please click on the links in the "Related Concerts" box below.