This Thursday, February 11, two preserved episodes of Stars of Jazz, the award winning ABC TV series from 1956-1958, will be shown via a collaboration between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Eventbrite. Registration for viewing is free.
Both episodes are from 1958 when the series enjoyed a brief stint on the national ABC schedule. Prior to April 1958 the series was viewable only to local Los Angeles television audiences.
Segments of both programs have been uploaded by fans to YouTube, but these are poor quality and do not do justice to the series. Both episodes feature restored sound.
May 19, 1958
The Lighthouse All Star regulars (in 1958):
Howard Rumsey (b), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Cooper (ts), Victor Feldman (p, vib, cga), and Stan Levey (d).
Special guests for this episode (former members of the All Stars): Shorty Rogers (flhrn) and Bud Shank (as).
Vocal segment: Julie London (vcl) - lip sync to Liberty Record recording
October 13, 1958
The Max Roach Quintet:
Max Roach (d), Ray Draper (tu), George Coleman (ts), Booker Little (tp), and Art Davis (b).
Vocal segment: Mary Ann McCall (vcl), Lou Levy (p), Herb Ellis (g), Art Davis (b), and Max Roach (d).
Stars of Jazz: A Complete History of the Innovative Television Series, 1956-1958
Jazz:West Records - Art Pepper on Jazz:West and Intro Records