The significant influence of Atlantic Records on American popular music is indisputable. From its founding in 1947 to its acquisition by Warner Brothers/Seven Arts in 1967 and beyond, important trendsetters in R&B (Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, The Coasters, Ben E. King) and soul (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Booker T and the MGs, Wilson Pickett, and Sam and Dave) enjoyed enormous popularity with their Atlantic releases. By the late 1960s Atlantic recordings by groups such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Crosby Stills, Nash, & Young placed the label at the vanguard of rock.
But the 1950s and 60s also saw artistic and commercial success for Atlantic with its jazz catalogue. Early or transitional work by innovative artists such as Ornette Coleman, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Charles Lloyd was documented alongside the popular offerings of Mose Allison, Chris Connor, Eddie Harris, and Les McCann.
This concert offers a sampling of the range of jazz that could be heard on Atlantic in those years.
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119