Song of the Day: Wynton Kelly, “The Theme”

Jazz pianist and composer Wynton Kelly was born on this day in 1931. In his short life, he played with Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, and Abbey Lincoln. He died in 1971 at the age of 39 of an epileptic seizure he suffered in a hotel room in Toronto. He’s accompanied in this performance of “The Theme” by Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, and Coltrane plays very briefly at the beginning and end. This was filmed in Germany in March, 1960.

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