Happy birthday today to pianist Michel Camilo.
WBGO recorded Michel's trio at Iridium on April 24, 1997.
Michel Camilo, Bassist Lincoln Goines and drummer Cliff Almond had a killer piano trio sound. Listen to "A Night in Tunisia" from the WBGO Archives.
And do you know what inspired Michel Camilo to play jazz? Hearing Art Tatum play "Tea for Two." When Camilo was 14, he heard that jazz record in his native Dominican Republic. Since you cannot see Art Tatum magic on a record, and you can no longer see him play, you'll have to check out this re-performance of "Tea For Two."
Make plans to visit the WBGO Blog on Monday. We'll be presenting Great Live Moments - selected material from WBGO's extensive archive of broadcast recordings. Our blog will showcase one song per weekday for five consecutive weeks. Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Jim Hall, Michel Camilo, and Roy Hargrove - and that's just the first week. WBGO celebrates a birthday in April, which coincidentally is Jazz Appreciation Month. We've been recording great jazz for 29 years, and we want to share some found moments from the jazz vault with you. So come back Monday.