The historical “AUREX JAZZ FESTIVAL” was started from “BATTLE OF THE HORNS” on Sep.2nd 1980, at Tokyo Budokan.
Group A: KING OF SWING
Benny Goodman (cl), Teddy Willson (p), Eddie Duran (g), Tony Terran (tp), Dick Nash (tb), Al Obidenski (b), John Markham (ds) and Rare Silk (vo)
Group B: GENTLEMEN OF SWING
Benny Carter (as), Harry “Sweets” Edison (tp), Teddy Willson (p), Milt Hinton (b) Shelly Manne (ds) and Helen Humes (vo)
Group C: BATTLE OF THE HORNS
Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Illinois Jacquest (ts), Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts), Harold Land (ts), Carl Tjader (vib), Ceder Walton (p), Eddie Gomez (b) and Shelly Manne (ds)
Group D: JAZZ OF THE 80’s
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Joe Henderson (ts), Randy Brecker (tp), Michael Brecker (ts), Joe Farrell (ts), Robben Ford (g), George Duke (key), Alphonso Johnson (b) and Peter Erskine (ds)
On Sep.2nd at Tokyo Budokan= Group C and Group D
On Sep.3rd at Tokyo Budokan= Group A and Group B
On Sep.6th at Osaka= Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D
On Sep.7th at Yokohama= Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D
Of course my individual main interest was in Group D, “JAZZ OF THE 80S”. In fact, it was the HISTORICAL !! with all of musicians of giants of fusion and jazz.
Brecker Brothers !! , Peter Erskine, still in Weather Report + Alphonso Johnson !!
However, if we say in general previous reputation, it was for the group A, “King Of SWING”, Benny Goodman !!
Oh, AUREX Jazz Festival !!, most probably anybody would agree that such kind of event can not be reappeared……….
photos from “AUREX JAZZ FESTIVAL”, Toshiba EMI Music publishing Co.,Ltd