Doc Cheatham & George Kelly – Live in New York, 1985




Adolphous “Doc” Cheatham was a legendary trumpet player who lived to be eleven days short of his ninety-second birthday, in 1997. However, in this special live performance he was still “young” at 80 yrs. The year is 1985, and here he is paired, ironically with then 70 year old tenor saxophonist George Kelly, as well as then 18 year old alto saxophonist/clarinetist Joey Cavaseno, who was by then working with Illinois Jacquet. Backed by the great, sensitive pianist Richard Wyands, Ellington alumni bassist Victor Gaskin, and swinging veteran Ronnie Cole on drums, this group burns the house down from top to bottom, leaving the listener with that happy Harlem feeling that warms the soul and makes you stomp your feet.

1 Three Little Worlds (Kalmar, Ruby) (12:53) 2 Mood Indigo (Bigard, Ellington, Mills) (8:28) 3 Sweet Georgia Brown (Pinkard, Bernie, Casey) (5:49) 4 Sweet Lorraine (Parrish, Burwell) (6:40) 5 Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour) (8:27) 6 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) (9:13)

Personnel: Doc Cheatham, trumpet George Kelly, tenor sax Joey Cavaseno, alto sax Richard Wyands, piano Victor Gaskin, bass Ronnie Cole, drums

Recorded live at Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Loeb Student Center, New York University, NYC, NY December 12, 1985

* This is a brand new, professionally manufactured & shrink-wrapped Ultra/Pro-CDR. It is officially licensed to Chambermusik Special Products for sale via special arrangement with the artists. We strive hard to make such exclusive products available in professional format at a reasonable price.

Additional information

Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 5 × 6 × .5 in
Media Type

mp3, CD


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