Throwback Tuesdays--Cannonball Adderley--"Jive Samba"

Good morning everybody...and Happy Diwali.

So we here at CrossFade give readers a taste of the old-school every week with Throwback Tuesdays. This week, we're throwing it way back and including a local legend in the mix.

Jazz impresario Julian "Cannonball" Adderley has always been one of my favorite saxophone players--and he's easily one of the best alto sax players of all time. A lot of people may or may not know that he was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He actually taught jazz and music education at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale during the '50s.

He was a Florida jazz legend before moving up to New York to join Miles Davis' band in 1957. Adderley was allegedly replacing John Coltrane in Davis' band if that gives you any idea of how good he was.

So check out this really well shot video for Adderley's composition, "Jive Samba" from 1963. It was originally called "Bossa Nova Nemo"...the guys really didn't have a name for the song, but chose "Jive Samba" later in jest. This is Adderley's quintet and the players here are phenomenal:

Cannonball Adderley--alto sax

Nat Adderley - cornet

Yusef Lateef - tenor sax, oboe, flute

Joe Zawinul - piano

Sam Jones - bass

Louis Hayes - drums

--Jonathan Cunningham

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