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The Arrival Of Victor Feldman

How a 1950s British jazz star ended up as a West Coast leader and sideman, playing with Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and others.

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Victor Feldman

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Arriving in style: Victor Feldman acknowledges his new American audience.

Multi-instrumentalist Victor Feldman was a musical prodigy who sat in on drums with Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band at the age of 10 and was hailed by the English press as “Kid Krupa.” After continuing his rise to fame in the 1950s British jazz world, Feldman moved to America and eventually made his way to the West Coast jazz scene. We’ll hear the records he made both as a sideman and a leader, playing piano and vibes with Cannonball Adderley, Shelly Manne, Miles Davis, and Scott La Faro.

Further Arrivals Of Vic:

Watch Feldman in 1960 playing first vibes and then piano:

Feldman in a 1965 trio setting during a return trip to England:

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There Is No Greater Love
Victor Feldman — The Arrival of Victor Feldman (Contemporary, 1958)
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There Is No Greater Love
Victor Feldman — The Arrival of Victor Feldman (Contemporary, 1958)

Notes: With Scott La Faro on bass and Stan Levey on drums.

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Elegy
Victor Feldman — Suite Sixteen (Contemporary, 1955)

Notes: Recorded in England. Victor Feldman composition.

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Fidelius
Victor Feldman — On Vibes (Mode/V.S.O.P., 1957)

Notes: With Carl Perkins on piano. Feldman composition.

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Azule Serape
Cannonball Adderley — At the Lighthouse (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Victor Feldman composition.

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Evening in Paris
Victor Feldman — On Vibes (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Serpent's Tooth
Victor Feldman — The Arrival of Victor Feldman (Contemporary, 1958)

Notes: Miles Davis composition. Feldman on vibes, Scott La Faro on bass.

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Too Blue
Victor Feldman — The Arrival of Victor Feldman (Contemporary, 1958)

Notes: Feldman on vibes, Scott La Faro on bass.

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Bloke's Blues
Victor Feldman — Merry Olde Soul (Riverside, 1961)

Notes: Victor Feldman composition. Feldman on piano.

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Whisper Not
Shelly Manne — At the Blackhawk V. 3 (Contemporary, 1959)

Notes: With Victor Feldman on piano.

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Joshua
Miles Davis — Miles Davis 1963-64 Complete (Columbia/Legacy, 1963)

Notes: Victor Feldman composition. Feldman on piano.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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