Thanks to Rifftides reader Hal Strack for the reminder that this is Gerry Mulligan’s birthday. Mulligan would be 85. Here is the baritone saxophonist, composer, arranger and pianist at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 with a great edition of his quartet: Art Farmer, trumpet; Bill Crow, bass; Dave Bailey drums. They played Mulligan’s “As Catch Can.” The video is a clip from Bert Stern’s film Jazz On A Summer’s Day.
The closing announcement was by the Voice Of America’s Willis Conover.
Gerry Mulligan died in January of 1996.