Weekend Extra: The Mary Ann McCall Video

Bill Kirchner’s choice of Mary Ann McCall (1919-1994) as the artist to feature on his return to Jazz From Mary_Ann_McCall_Melancholy_BabyThe Archives (see the post below), led the Rifftides staff to search for videos of her performing. A fuzzy kinescope from 1962 may be the only one in existence. It comes from Frank Evans’ Frankly Jazz program on KTLA, the pioneering independent television station in Los Angeles. McCall shared a broadcast with The Jazz Crusaders. What survives is “After You’ve Gone” with the Crusaders rhythm section: Joe Sample, piano; Victor Gaskin, bass; and Stix Hooper, drums. It is a short, perfect example of McCall’s intonation, phrasing and impeccable time. After a brief interview, the excerpt ends with the Crusaders playing a blues over credits. The tenor saxophonist is Wilton Felder, the trombonist Wayne Henderson.

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  1. Matheo D. says

    My all time favorite. For my money, perhaps the greatest jazz singer. I have a clip of her from 1958, singing 2 songs on Bobby Troup’s “Stars of Jazz” show. She was promoting her album ‘Detour To The Moon’, which was just released. Her singing on the show, particularly her swing and dynamic projection is even more impressive.