http://www.ritareys.eu Rita Reys & Pim Jacobs Trio performing Thou Swell, live at the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival 1960. Rita and the trio won the festival's award for 'best group', and from that night in France Rita became known worldwide as Europe's First Lady of Jazz.
Thou Swell is a song written by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Rita Reys and the Pim Jacobs Trio recorded the song for her 1960 Edison Award winning album Marriage in Modern Jazz, and it's also on her 1985 album Rita Reys Live at the Concertgebouw (ft. Louis van Dijk).
Line up: Rita Reys - vocals Pim Jacobs - piano Ruud Jacobs - bass Wim Overgaauw - guitar
Music videos of Rita Reys performing songs from her 1972 Edison Award winning album Rita Reys Sings Michel Legrand, with orchestra arranged and conducted by Rogier van Otterloo and guest appearances by Toots Thielemans and Louis van Dijk. In between the songs Rita and Michel Legrand speak about Legrand's music and Rita's renditions of his tunes. The playlist also includes a live recording of Rita performing Once Upon A Summertime on Pim Jacobs' Music All In, and her 1992 CD recording of Michel Legrand's composition You Must Believe In Spring.
"From now on every time I will write a song, I will think of the great Rita Reys, who sings the love songs with such that I really love her and you will too", Michel Legrand said after hearing Rita's Legrand songbook album.
Rita Reys & The Peter Beets Quintet live at a sold out Royal Carré Theatre in Amsterdam in January 2007. This footage is part of the DVD Rita Reys Live At Carré, which was for several weeks in the Netherlands' Top 10 of music DVD's after its release. During the show Rita also received her Edison Oeuvre Award, which was presented to her by her long time friend Hans van Willigenburg.
Line up: Peter Beets - piano, Ruud Jacobs - bass, Joost Patocka - drums, Ferdinand Povel - tenor saxophone, Martijn van Iterson - guitar. Arrangements by Peter Beets.
http://www.ritareys.eu Rita Reys singing six classics from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by the Pim Jacobs Trio and the Lex Jasper Orchestra, as a promotion of her 1983 album Memories of You (available on Spotify and iTunes). This TV show was recorded at Hotel Des Indes in historic centre of The Hague.
A selection of album recordings from Rita Reys's extensive discography, and rare & unissued material, with Pim Jacobs Trio, Rogier van Otterloo & Metropole Orchestra, Theo Loevendie, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, The Rosenberg Trio a.o.