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The George Shearing Show  /  Nancy Wilson at the Grove  /  Color Me Jazz

Color Me Jazz
March 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm
television archivist Dan Einstein.

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive

The George Shearing Show  (KTLA, 1/3/65)

British-born jazz pianist George Shearing appeared on American television many times in the years following his emigration to the United States in the late 1940s, including a six-month stint as host of a half-hour music series broadcast on KCOP in Los Angeles from March to September of 1965.  Just two months prior to the premiere of that George Shearing Show, he hosted this January 1965 color special produced at KTLA on which he welcomed singers Jennie Smith and “The Velvet Fog” Mel Tormé, for an hour of music and song.  Highlights include such Shearing favorites as “I'll Take Romance,” “East of the Sun,” “I'll Remember April” and “Autumn Leaves.”  Smith sings “He Loves Me” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” while Tormé offers a spirited “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and, accompanied by Shearing on piano, the lovely romantic ballad, “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.”  —Dan Einstein

DigiBeta,b/w, 50 min.  A Sheba Enterprises production in association with Golden West Broadcasters.  Producer: Kip Walton.  Director: Kip Walton.  With: The George Shearing Quintet (George Shearing, piano; Hagood Hardy, vibes; Nick Martinez, drums; Joe Pass, guitar; Bob Whitlock, bass), Jennie Smith, Mel Tormé.

Preserved from the original 2” tape.  Video transfer at the CBS Media Exchange.

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive

Nancy Wilson at the Grove  (KTLA, 5/20/65)

KTLA cameras go to the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel for the opening night of singer Nancy Wilson's engagement at the famed nitery.  Prior to Ms. Wilson's performance, Variety columnist Army Archerd talks with a number of famous attendees: musician Freddy Martin, songwriter Jimmy McHugh, Vince Edwards and Kathy Kersh, Nick Adams, Bill and Camille Cosby, Shirley Jones, George Chakiris, Ambassador Hotel president G. David Schine and his wife, Hillevi Rombin, and Liberace.  Then the Freddy Martin Orchestra plays a medley of songs from The Sound of Music, followed by portions of Wilson's lively musical set, which includes “On A Wonderful Day Like Today,” “If You Are But A Dream,” “Hello Dolly,” “How Glad I Am” and a medley of what she terms the “emerging music” of today (snippets of “A Hard Day's Night,” “I'm Telling You Now,” “Eight Days A Week” and “I Know A Place”).  Afterwards, cameras take viewers into her hotel suite for the after-show party and Army Archerd visits with more celebrities: Kenny Dennis (Wilson's husband and drummer in her backup band), George Jessel, Pierre Salinger, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Culp and his wife Nancy, Bill and Camille Cosby, film director George Sidney, and the evening's star, Nancy Wilson herself.  —Dan Einstein

DigiBeta, b/w, 50 min.  A Wil-Den production in association with Golden West Broadcasters and Hanson & Schwam Productions.  Producer: Hal Peters.  Director, William Rainbolt.  Host: Army Archerd.  With: Nancy Wilson, the Freddy Martin Orchestra.

Preserved from the original 2” tape.  Video transfer at KTLA.  Engineering services by Don Kent.

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive

Color Me Jazz  (KTLA, 10/3/65)

This entertaining and vibrant color broadcast, designed, as Variety bluntly put it, to “throw a shoulder block into the rock 'n' roll craze,” was to be the first in a proposed series of syndicated hour-long specials hosted by Mel Tormé and featuring top jazz artists of the day.  June Christy sings a swingin' “Get Me To The Church On Time;” the Paul Horn Quintet offers two songs, including “Greensleeves;” Dixieland trumpeter Teddy Buckner and his combo play “West End Blues;” Jennie Smith sings “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe;” Lou Rawls lip syncs his latest release, “Three O'Clock In The Morning;” and drummer Shelly Manne and his group perform the classic Gershwin tune, “Summertime.”  —Dan Einstein

DigiBeta, color, 50 min.  A Kip Walton production in association with Golden West Broadcasters.  Producer: Kip Walton.  Director: Kip Walton.  Host: Mel Tormé.  With: Shelly Manne & His Men, June Christy, the Paul Horn Quintet, Jennie Smith, Lou Rawls.

Preserved from the original 2” tape.  Video transfer at DC Video.  Engineering services by David Crosthwait.