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Percy France Tenor Saxophone Antwerp Jazz Club

Antwerp Jazz Club members, January 26 1982. Percy France is at rear, far right.

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France

Courcelles, Belgium 
January 30, 1982

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)

First Set:

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (Stone)

I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin-Duke)

                         (Oliver Jackson Trio - France out)

Early Bird (Doggett)

Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

The Man I Love (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Second Set:                                                            

                        (Oliver Jackson Trio - France out)

Honky Tonk - Honky Tonk Reprise (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

                        (Cliff Smalls feature)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

                       

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Soundboard source digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

This performance was edited by an unknown person when transferred to cassette. Applause is faded and no stage announcements recorded.  Because of this it is unknown whether the audience asked for multiple performances of "Honky Tonk" or if Oliver Jackson requested them. It is interesting to note that Cliff Smalls feature is a reprise of the same slow blues heard in the earlier trio section, so Percy France was not the only member of the group called upon to perform a song previously played during this concert.

Antwerp Jazz Club members see group departure from Belgium, January 31, 1982.                  Oliver Jackson, Percy France, standing, fourth & fifth from left at rear.

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Oliver Jackson Percy France

From collection of Georges E. Mathys, promoter of February 5 1982

          Oliver Jackson Quartet concert at Yverdon Switzerland

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France

Limoges, France 
February 8, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

First Set:

Introductions 

Second Balcony Jump  (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (Stone)

I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin-Duke)

Ain’t Misbehavin’  (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

                                 Trio feature (France out) 

                                

Early Bird (Doggett)

 

Second Set:

Cottontail (Ellington)

See See Rider (Rainey)

                                 Trio feature (France out)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

Source: Soundboard – Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

 

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France

Chateauroux, France 
February 10, 1982

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

First Set:

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (Stone)

I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin-Duke)

Percy France intro

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (tape flip – incomplete) (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

                           Trio feature (France out)

Early Bird (Doggett)

 

Second Set:

Cottontail (Ellington)

Percy France intro

CC Rider (tape flip) (Rainey)

                           Trio feature (France out)

Percy France intro to Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

encore – Honky Tonk reprise (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Soundboard source - digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France

Biarritz, France 
February 13, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (Stone)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

                       (Trio featured - France Out)   

Early Bird (Doggett)                       

 

                                     

 

Early Bird
00:00 / 03:33
Cottontail
00:00 / 03:39
I Can't Get Started
00:00 / 04:14
Honky Tonk
00:00 / 02:04

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Soundboard source - digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Percy France saxophone

                  Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

Somewhere in Spain, week of February 22, 1982

Cliff Smalls Percy France Leonard Gaskin Oliver Jackson

Cliff Smalls, Leonard Gaskin, Percy France, Oliver Jackson

         Somewhere in Spain, week of February 22, 1982

Percy France

Percy France, somewhere in Spain, week of February 22, 1982

All photos:  Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France & Budd Johnson

Lucerne, Switzerland
March 5, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

Second Balcony Jump (solos: Johnson/France) (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (solos: France/Johnson) (Stone)

Yesterdays (Johnson feature) (Kern-Harbach)/I Can't Get Started (France feature) (Gershwin-Duke)

                    (four trio tracks, saxophones out)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (solos: France/Johnson) (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

Cottontail (solos: France/Johnson) (Ellington)

CC Rider (solos: France/Johnson) (Rainey)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Percy france tenor saxophone Budd Johnson

Cliff Smalls,  Percy France, Leonard Gaskin, Budd Johnson

              Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 6 1982

Cliff Smalls,  Percy France, Leonard Gaskin, Oliver Jackson, Budd Johnson                                   Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 6 1982

Cliff Smalls,  Percy France, Leonard Gaskin, Oliver Jackson, Budd Johnson

                                 Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 6 1982

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Oliver Jackson Trio featuring
Percy France & Budd Johnson
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
March 6, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

Second Balcony Jump (solos: Johnson/France) (Eckstine-Valentine)

Idaho (solos: France/Johnson) (Stone)

You’ve Changed (France feature) (Fischer-Carey)

                    (four trio tracks, saxophones out)

Yesterdays (Johnson feature) (Kern-Harbach)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (solos: France/Johnson) (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

Cottontail (solos: France/Johnson) (Ellington)

CC Rider (France feature – incomplete, fade in and out) (Rainey)

 

Idaho
00:00 / 01:31
You've Changed
00:00 / 04:59

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Percy France - Budd Johnson

Bottom right,  Percy France,  Budd Johnson, others unknown

                     Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 7, 1982

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Le Quartet Rehearsal
New York City, New York
September 13, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

How Am I To Know (King)

Sugar (take 1 - incomplete) (Turrentine)

Sugar (take 2 - incomplete) (Turrentine)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

Sugar (Turrentine)

 

Tracks 1-5 are from September 13, 1982 rehearsal. Remaining tracks are from an un-dated rehearsal tape found in the Leonard Gaskin Papers.

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Limehouse Blues
00:00 / 01:12
You've Changed
00:00 / 03:06
Le Quartet LP.jpg

Oliver Jackson Presents Le Quartet 
New York City, New York
September 27, 1982

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

How Am I To Know (King)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

                                 Brittwood Rag

Sugar (Turrentine)

                                 You Stepped Out of a Dream

CC Rider Part 1 (Rainey)

CC Rider Part 2 (Rainey)

                                 For Once In My Life

                                 You’re Gonna Hear From Me

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

 

France does not appear on indented tracks.

Sugar
00:00 / 02:56
How Am I To Know
00:00 / 02:57

Percy France's Rhythm & Jazz
West End Café

New York City, NY
January 15, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Samuel "Sticks" Evans (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


First Set:     

Idaho (Phil Schaap band intro over rhythm section after theme) (Stone)

CC Rider (Rainey)

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington)

Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Razaf)

                Cliff Smalls feature (France out)

Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone (incomplete) (Stept-Clare)

Second Set:

Phil Schaap band intro

How High The Moon (Lewis-Hamilton)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Rosetta (Hines-Woode)

Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)

All of Me (incomplete) (Marks-Simons)

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
00:00 / 02:56
Rosetta
00:00 / 03:24

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Le Quartet
Widder Bar & Restaurant
Zurich, Switzerland
January 28-30, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

January 28                                                                   

 

First Set: 

September in the Rain (Warren-Dubin)

Rosetta (Hines-Goode)

Band Intro

These Foolish Things (Link-Strachey-Maschwitz)

Undecided (Shavers-Robin)

Outro over Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

January 29                                                                   

 

First Set: 

Oliver Jackson Speaks

The Earnest & Marty Blues (France-Smalls-Gaskin-Jackson)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

Outro over Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Second Set: 

How Am I To Know (King)

Oliver Jackson Speaks

Liza (Condon-McKenzie-Rubin)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

Third Set: 

It Had to be You (Kahn-Jones)

Intro to vocalist

Body & Soul (vocals - Susan Mulvaney) (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton)

Satin Doll (vocals - Susan Mulvaney) (Strayhorn-Ellington)

Please Don't Talk About Me (Stept-Clare)

Outro over Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

January 30                                                                   

 

Idaho (Stone)

Oliver Jackson band intros

How Am I To Know (King)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Honeysuckle Rose (fade in, vocals - Percy France) (Waller-Razaf)

Intro to Jam Session

Taking a Chance on Love (unidentified Swiss Dixieland musicians added)  (Duke-LaTouche-Fetter)

Royal Garden Blues (unidentified Swiss Dixieland musicians added) (Williams-Williams)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Percy France Cliff Smalls Caroline Ray

 Percy France, Caroline Ray, Cliff Smalls

   Antwerp, Belgium - February 1, 1983

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Le Quartet - Percy France Oliver Jackson Leonard Gaskin Cliff Smalls

    Percy France, Miquel Jaume (concert presenter), Oliver Jackson, Cliff Smalls, Leonard Gaskin, Jordi Suñol (promoter)

        Photo credit unknown - Photo courtesy Jordi Suñol

Percy France tenor saxophone

Cliff Smalls, Percy France, Oliver Jackson

      Theatre Palma de Mallorca, Spain

                     February 14 1983

Le Quartet
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
February 14, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

One O’Clock Jump (Basie)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

Recording date is approximate.

Information courtesy of concert promoter Jordi Suñol.

 

Percy France Oliver Jackson Leonard Gaskin

  Oliver Jackson, Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

  Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Palma de Mallorca

                    Spain - February 15, 1983

Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone

              Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

  Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Palma de Mallorca

                    Spain - February 15, 1983

Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone

              Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

  Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Palma de Mallorca

                    Spain - February 15, 1983

Percy France

     Leonard Gaskin, Percy France (far right)

Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Palma de Mallorca

                 Spain - February 15, 1983

All photos:  Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Le Quartet
Bourbon Street Jazz Club
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
February 15, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano), unknown English band (jam session)


       

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

CC Rider (Rainey)

                            Oliver Jackson Trio - France out

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

When the Saints Go Marching In (joined by unknown English band, possibly Oliver Jackson, vocals) (Black-Purvis)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone Oliver Jackson

Leonard Gaskin, Percy France, Oliver Jackson

          La Cova del Drac, Barcelona Spain

                        February 18, 1983

Percy France tenor saxophone Cliff Smalls Oliver Jackson

Leonard Gaskin (obscured), Cliff Smalls, Percy France, Oliver Jackson

             La Cova del Drac, Barcelona Spain, February 18, 1983

                        

All photos:  Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Le Quartet
La Cova del Drac
Barcelona, Spain
February 18, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)

How Am I To Know (King)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

Oliver Jackson Speaks

Summertime (Percy France/Cliff Smalls feature) (Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward)

Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 

Do Nothing til You Hear from Me (Ellington)

Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)

Mr. Sandman (vocalist introduced as "Brenda" by Oliver Jackson)  (Feltz-Ballard)      

                                                                     

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Le Quartet
La Cova del Drac
Barcelona, Spain
February 19, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

One O’Clock Jump (Basie)

How Am I To Know (King)

CC Rider (Rainey)

                        (trio tracks - France out)

Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson-Dixon)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

One O'clock Jump
00:00 / 04:15
CC Rider
00:00 / 04:33
Percy France tenor saxophone

       Percy France

Yverdon, Switzerland

  February 22, 1983

                        

Le Quartet
Casino Municipal de Biarritz
Biarritz, France
February 26, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)

First Set:        

                                     Oliver Jackson Trio (France out)

Percy France speaks about new album

How Am I To Know (King)

CC Rider (Rainey)

Lover (Rodgers-Hart)

Second Set: 

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Lady be Good (Gershwin-Gershwin)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Percy France, Pierre Fagalde

        Bayonne, France - date unknown

        Photo courtesy Pierre Fagalde                       

Le Quartet
Orange, France
March 5, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)

First Set:        

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Cottontail (Ellington)

                                     Oliver Jackson Trio (France out)

Second Set: 

Sweet Georgia Brown (fades in) (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey)

How Am I To Know (King)

CC Rider (fade out/in during piano solo) (Rainey)

That's All (Cliff Smalls/Percy France feature) (Haymes-Brandt)

                                     Oliver Jackson Trio (France out)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

encore: Honky Tonk Reprise (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Le Quartet
Cercle Cosy Corner
Geneva, Switzerland
March 7, 1983

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Cliff Smalls (piano)


       

First Set:

Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine-Valentine)

Limehouse Blues (Braham)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

                   Trio feature (France out)

               

Early Bird

Second Set:

Idaho (Stone)

How Am I To Know (King)

CC Rider (Rainey)

That’s All (Percy France feature) (Haymes-Brandt)

                   (Cliff Smalls feature - France out)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

That's All
00:00 / 03:38
Early Bird
00:00 / 04:06
Percy France - Paul Quinichette Memorial Service

Percy France at Paul Quinichette's Memorial Service

              Saint Peter's Church, New York City

                                 Late May, 1983

Percy France - Paul Quinichette Memorial Service

Percy France at Paul Quinichette's Memorial Service

              Saint Peter's Church, New York City

                                 Late May, 1983

Nancy Miller Elliott Collection

Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Photos used  by Permission of Copyright Holder

Percy France Quartet
West End Café

New York City, NY
August 21, 1984

Percy France (tenor saxophone, vocals) Bob Neloms (piano)  Leonard Gaskin (bass) Oliver Jackson (drums)

 

                  Neloms original  (France out)

I Love You (Porter)

Fine and Dandy (Swift-Warburg)

The Theme (outro) (Davis)

 

Set 2

Honeysuckle Rose (France vocal) (Waller-Razaf)

                  Misty (Neloms feature - France out)

Honky Tonk (incomplete, fade out - second tenor sax plays behind France                          on intro) (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)                   

 

It is believed that the second tenor sax on "Honky Tonk" is "Big Nick" Nicholas. During France's scat on "Honeysuckle Rose" he says "Big Nick" before starting a Nicholas-style scat line. This may be indicative that Nicholas was in the audience, and thus the source of the tenor blowing behind France.  France's exclamation can be heard at 1:35 of "Honeysuckle Rose," and the unidentified tenor can be heard twice on "Honky Tonk":

                                     

 

Honky Tonk - second tenor
00:00 / 04:53
Honeysuckle Rose
00:00 / 08:38

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould

Lance Hayward Quartet
Live at Eddie Condon's
New York City, New York
March 11, 1984

Town Crier Cassette 510

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Lance Hayward (piano) Bill Pemberton (bass) Clarence "Tootsie" Bean (drums)

Don’t Blame Me (Fields-McHugh)

Willow Weep For Me (Ronell)

Hello, Dolly (Herman)

Blues in F (Hayward)

That’s All (Haymes-Brandt)

On a Clear Day (Lerner-Lane)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey)

Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson-Dixon)

Sly Mongoose (traditional)

First eight tracks are courtesy Larry Kart.

Last two tracks, from same recording session, issued on Lance Hayward & Friends: A Closer Walk (Town Crier CD 517)

Music courtesy Claudia Marx, Town Crier Recordings.

 

Sweet Georgia Brown
00:00 / 08:22
You've Changed
00:00 / 07:41

Percy France Quartet
Marriage of Dr. Irene Osborn to Dr. Robert Soper
The Snuff Mill

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York
August 25, 1984

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Oliver Jackson (drums) Charles McLean (Fender Rhodes)
       

A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody (Berlin)

When the Saints Go Marching In (Black-Purvis)

Take the 'A' Train (Ellington-Strayhorn)

Misty (Garner)

Honky Tonk (incomplete, fades out) (Doggett-Shepherd-Scott-Butler)                                                                   

 

A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody
00:00 / 07:07
Percy France tenor saxophone
When The Saints Go Marching In
00:00 / 02:30

Leonard Gaskin, Royce Osborn (father of bride), Percy France

Percy France Quartet
West End Café
New York City, New York
September 3, 1984

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Herman Foster (piano) Oliver Jackson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass)

In Walked Bud (Monk)

Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)

                        Lover Man (Foster feature, France out)

Perdido (incomplete) (Tizol)

If Dreams Come True (Goodman-Mills-Sampson)

Battle Hymn of the Republic (Steffe)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

In Walked Bud
00:00 / 03:50
Battle Hymn of the Republic
00:00 / 04:40

Lance Hayward Quartet
That's All
New York City, New York
October 28, 1984

Town Crier Cassette 511

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone) Lance Hayward (piano) Major Holley (bass) Clarence "Tootsie" Bean (drums)

That’s All (first solo France) (Haymes-Brandt)

Time on My Hands (second solo France) (Gordon-Youmans-Adamson)

I Surrender Dear (first solo France) (Barris-Clifford)

                                 My Ship (Hayward feature)

There is No Greater Love (second solo France) (Jones-Symes)

Misty/I Can’t Get Started (Percy France plays on Misty) (Garner)

Music courtesy Claudia Marx, Town Crier Recordings.

There is no Greater Love
00:00 / 09:57
That's All
00:00 / 09:52
Percy France - Al Grey - Shorty Jackson

Boston Phoenix October 29, 1985

Courier News (Bridgewater New Jersey) April 17, 1986

Bill Berry Quintet
West End Café
New York City, New York
February 14, 1986

 

 

Bill Berry (cornet) Percy France (tenor saxophone) Richard Wyands (piano) Jimmy Lewis (bass) Ronnie Cole (drums)

Just Squeeze Me (Ellington)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

This recording was broadcast on the WKCR Percy France Memorial broadcast (January 11, 1992) from a Friday night WKCR live broadcast from the West End Café. The balance of the broadcast is not available at this time.

Percy France tenor saxophone

Rudy Lawless, Percy France, Elaine Kirby

       March 22, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
March 22, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Rudy Lawless (drums) Elaine Kirby (vocals*)


Set 1:

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Moll-Koehler-Barris)

Canadian Sunset (Gimbel-Heywood)

                     Misty (Bob Neloms feature, France out)

The Man I Love (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Honky Tonk (incomplete, fade out) (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

 

Set 2:

Now's The Time (Parker)

If I Were a Bell (Loesser)

When I'm Lonesome * 

Since I Fell For You * (Johnson)

All of Me * (Marks-Simons)

They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Lady be Good (incomplete, fade out) (Gershwin-Gershwin)     

                                                                    

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
March 23, 1986

 

(Updated July 2 2021: This performance was previously estimated to have occurred during or after March 1983 and to consist only of the tunes identified in Set 2. A more complete tape was received from the Leonard Gaskin Papers, consisting of part of Set 1 and a longer recording of Set 2.)

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Bob Neloms (piano)

Set 1:

There is No Greater Love (incomplete, fade in) (Jones-Symes)

Out of Nowhere (Heyman-Green)

Easy Living (Robin-Rainger)

Sonnymoon for Two (Rollins)

Set 2:

Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart)

                     Misty (Neloms feature, France out)

Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller-Razaf-Brooks)

You've Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Sweet Georgia Brown (incomplete, fade out on theme) (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey)

Sweet Georgia Brown
00:00 / 03:44

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould with the speed correction assistance of James Sangrey.

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
March 28, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Oliver Jackson (drums) 


Set 1:

Satin Doll (Strayhorn-Ellington)

                                 Body & Soul (Neloms feature, France out)

Take the A Train (Strayhorn)

Jitterbug Waltz (Waller)

 

Set 2: (Rudy Lawless, drums, replaces Oliver Jackson)

Sugar (Turrentine)

CC Rider (Rainey)

Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart)

                                 Like a Rose (Neloms feature, France out)

The Girl from Ipanema (incomplete, fade out) (Gimbel-Jobim-de Moraes)

       

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
March 29, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Leonard Gaskin (bass) Rudy Lawless (drums) 


 

Set 1:

I'll Close My Eyes (Kaye-Reid)

They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin-Gershwin)

                                       Neloms feature (France out)

I'll Always be in Love with You (incomplete, fade out) (Green-Stept-Ruby)

 

Set 2:

Autumn Leaves (Mercer-Kosma-Prevert)

(Blues in G) (France)

Star Eyes (de Paul-Raye)

                                        Misty (Neloms feature, France out)

Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) (incomplete, fade out) (Kaye-Jobim-Lees)   

                                                          

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France tenor saxophone Bob Neloms

Bob Neloms, Rudy Lawless, Percy France, Leonard Gaskin

                      March 30, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
March 30, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) – (incomplete/fade in) (Kaye-Jobim-Lees)   

Get Happy (Arlen-Koehler)

Satin Doll (Strayhorn-Ellington

 

Second Set:
Almost Like Being in Love (Lerner-Loewe)

Neloms Feature (France out) (Neloms)

I’ll Remember April (de Paul-Raye-Johnston)

CC Rider (Rainey)

Shiny Stockings (Foster)

You’ve Changed (Fischer-Carey)

Honky Tonk (incomplete/fade out) (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

 

Third Set: 

On Green Dolphin Street (fade in) (Washington-Kaper)

Take The ‘A’ Train (Strayhorn)

My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart)

Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson-Dixon)

Body & Soul (tape flip) (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton)

C Jam Blues (Ellington)

The Theme (Davis)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Corcovado
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I'll Remember April
00:00 / 05:05
On Green Dolphin Street
00:00 / 02:16

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
June 20, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby)

Blue 'n' Boogie (Gillespie-Paparelli)

Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)

If I Were a Bell (Loesser)

Second Set:

Rosetta (Hines-Woode)

Do Nothing til You Hear from Me (Ellington)

Cottontail (Ellington)

They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Misty (Garner)

St Louis Blues (incomplete, fadeout) (Handy)

Third Set:

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Washington-Bassman)

Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart)

Satin Doll (Strayhorn-Ellington)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

(Bob Neloms feature, France out, fadeout) (Neloms)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
June 21, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

Donna Lee (fade in) (Parker)

They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin-Gershwin)

C Jam Blues (Ellington)

Misty (Neloms feature, France out) (Garner)

All of Me (Marks-Simons)

You've Changed (fadeout) (Fischer-Carey)

                                                                  

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
June 22, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

Second Set:

There is No Greater Love (Jones-Symes)

Bottom's Up (Jacquet)

Just Squeeze Me (Ellington)

Stairway to the Stars (Parish-Malneck-Signorelli)

Almost Like Being in Love (incomplete, fadeout)

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Moll-Koehler-Barris)

Final Set:

Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)

In a Mellotone (vocal) (Ellington)

Satin Doll (Strayhorn-Ellington)

The Theme (Davis)

                                                                  

 

France's final stage announcement indicates the conclusion of the last set of the evening. A guest bassist played the last set and a female vocalist joined the group for "Mellotone." However it was not possible to decipher their names.

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould with the tape-speed adjustment assistance of James Sangrey.

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France tenor saxophone

Juanita Smith, Leonard Gaskin, Keisha St Joan, Percy France

                           July 12, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Bob Neloms Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone

Bob Neloms, Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

          July 12, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Bob Neloms Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone

Bob Neloms, Leonard Gaskin, Percy France

          July 12, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Photos: Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
July 12, 1986

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Bob Neloms (piano) Rudy Lawless (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

Flamingo Blues (France)

All of Me (Marks-Simons)

Like a Rose (Neloms Feature – France Out) (Neloms)

Shiny Stockings (Foster)

Canadian Sunset / The Theme (Gimbel-Heywood / Davis)

 

Second Set:

Take The ‘A’ Train (Strayhorn)

Like a Rose (Neloms Feature – France Out) (Neloms)

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein-Romberg)

CC Rider (Rainey)

If I Were a Bell (Loesser)

Castle Rock (incomplete – fade out) (Sears)

Shiny Stockings
00:00 / 04:14
Castle Rock
00:00 / 05:27

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould with tape speed correction guidance from James Sangrey and Allen Lowe.

Bob Neloms Percy France tenor saxophone

Bob Neloms, Roy Francis, Percy France

        July 13, 1986, Flamingo Lounge

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

George Kelly Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone

George Kelly, Leonard Gaskin, Percy France, Ronnie Cole

           April 29, 1987 - Jaylin's Club, Bern Switzerland

Leonard Gaskin Percy France tenor saxophone George Kelly

  Leonard Gaskin, Percy France, George Kelly

April 29, 1987 - Jaylin's Club, Bern Switzerland

George Kelly Percy France Leonard Gaskin

  George Kelly, Percy France, Leonard Gaskin

April 29, 1987 - Jaylin's Club, Bern Switzerland

Percy France tenor saxophone George Kelly Leonard Gaskin Oliver Jackson

Percy France, George Kelly, Leonard Gaskin, Ronnie Cole

          April 29, 1987 - Jaylin's Club, Bern Switzerland

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Sammy Price's Two-Tenor Boogie
Jaylin's Club
Bern, Switzerland
April 29, 1987

 

 

Sammy Price (piano) Percy France (tenor saxophone) George Kelly (tenor saxophone) Ronnie Cole (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

The Man I Love (Percy France feature – fade in) (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Honeysuckle Rose (France first solo) (Waller-Razaf)

I Want a Little Girl (Kelly first solo, Price vocal) (Murry-Moll)

 

Second Set:

Georgia On My Mind (fade in, Kelly first solo) (Carmichael-Gorrell)

Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me (Kelly first solo) (Ellington)

I’ll Never Be The Same (Kelly feature, France out) (Kahn-Malneck-Signorelli)

I Would Do Anything For You (Kelly first solo) (Hopkins-Hill-Williams)

I’ve Got the World on a String (France first solo, fade out) (Arlen-Koehler)

Third Set:

In The Evening (Kelly first solo, Price vocal, fade in) (Carr)

Shake that Thing (Price vocal, Kelly first solo) (Price)

I Want a Little Girl (Price vocal, Kelly first solo) (Murry-Moll)

Blues in G (Kelly feature, France out) (Price)

Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me (Kelly first solo) (Ellington)

St James Infirmary (Price vocal, Kelly first solo) (Traditional)

When The Saints Go Marching In (Price vocal, France first solo) (Black-Purvis)

The Man I Love
00:00 / 02:29
I've Got the World on a String
00:00 / 00:56
When the Saints Go Marchin In
00:00 / 01:18

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

George Kelly - Percy France - Leonard Gaskin

 

 

The following two photographs were taken by Dany Gignoux at the Kornhauskeller, Bern, Switzerland, during the 1987 Bern Jazz Festival.


       

 

From left to right: Charlie Gabriel (sax), Leroy Jones (tp), George Kelly (sax), Percy France (sax), Leonard Gaskin (b), Clive Wilson (tp), Lucien Barbarin (tb) 

Percy France - George Kelly - Leonard Gaskin

From left to right: Charlie Gabriel (sax), Leroy Jones (tp), George Kelly (sax), Percy France (sax), Leonard Gaskin (b), Clive Wilson (tp), Lucien Barbarin (tb) 

Sammy Price's Two-Tenor Boogie
Jazz Band Ball
Bern, Switzerland
May 2, 1987

 

 

Sammy Price (piano) Percy France (tenor saxophone) George Kelly (tenor saxophone) Ronnie Cole (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

Honeysuckle Rose (France first solo) (Waller-Razaf)

When The Saints Go Marching In (Price vocal) (Black-Purvis)

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Scott Hamilton recalls that this concert (which included the George Wein All-Stars of which Hamilton was a member) was a Brunch event at a restaurant called the Kornhaus. These two tracks are all that were recorded.

Sammy Price Two Tenor Boogie Percy France saxophone George kelly

      Sammy Price, Percy France, George Kelly

 May 2, 1987 - Bern Festival - Bern Switzerland

Sammy Price two tenor boogie Percy France George kelly Leonard Gaskin Ronnie Cole

 Sammy Price, Percy France, George Kelly, Leonard Gaskin, Ronnie Cole

                          May 2, 1987 - Bern Festival - Bern Switzerland

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Sammy Price (piano) Percy France (tenor saxophone) George Kelly (tenor saxophone) Ronnie Cole (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

The Bern Festival (Price)

In The Evenin’ (Carr)

Honky Tonk (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott)

I Want a Little Girl (Murry-Moll)

Kansas City (Leiber-Stoller)

Body and Soul (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton)

Shake That Thing (Price)

Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Razaf)

When The Saints Go Marching In (Black-Purvis)

Sammy Price's Two-Tenor Boogie
Jazz Festival Bern
Bern, Switzerland
May 2, 1987

Performance at 12th Annual Jazz Festival Bern.

Video issued as part of The Jazz & Blues ARTBOX, a 230 DVD collection of performances recorded by Swiss television at International Jazz Festival Bern from 1983 to 2002.

Information about performance courtesy Hans Zurbrügg, founder of Jazzfestival Bern.

Wild Bill Davis (organ) Percy France (tenor saxophone) Dickie Thompson (guitar) Clyde Lucas (drums)

This performance of "Atlantic City" was broadcast on the German-language Swiss TV show, "Carousel" November 9, 1987.  The actual recording date is unknown. Based on the format of the program, this is believed to be a one-off performance. (Video is not available outside of Switzerland.)

Wild Bill Davis Quartet
Switzerland

1987

Atlantic City
00:00 / 02:01

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
August 30, 1987

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) Marcia Frazier (piano and vocals) Freddie Sullivan (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

Embraceable You (Gershwin-Gershwin)

Just a Lucky So-and-So (Frazier, vocals) (Ellington-David)

More Than You Know (Frazier, vocals) (Youmans-Rose-Eliscu)

Blue Bossa (Dorham)

On Green Dolphin Street (Washington-Kaper)

Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)

Flamingo (Anderson-Grouya)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

Blue Bossa
00:00 / 03:34
Percy France tenor saxophone Big John Patton

Percy France, John Patton, Leonard Gaskin

          October 7, 1988 - Flamingo Cafe

Leonard Gaskin

Leonard Gaskin, Wes Anderson

October 7, 1988 - Flamingo Cafe

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Percy France Quartet
Flamingo Lounge
Brooklyn, New York
October 7, 1988

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone) "Big" John Patton (piano) Wes Anderson (drums) Leonard Gaskin (bass) 

First Set:

Out of Nowhere (Heyman-Green)

Just Friends (Lewis-Klenner)

Body and Soul (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton)

C Jam Blues (Ellington)

The Theme/Meet the Flintstones (Davis/Curtin-Hanna-Barbera)

 

Second Set:

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein-Romberg)

CC Rider (Rainey)

St Louis Blues (Handy)

My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart)

 

The Theme
00:00 / 05:52
St Louis Blues
00:00 / 04:29

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Audience recording digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

 

The pianist on this date has been determined to be the organist known as “Big” John Patton. Guitarist Ed Cherry and organists Mike Flanigin, Radam Schwartz and Javier Gonzalez all identified him from the available musical, photographic, and vocal evidence.

 

Percy France
Audiobook Projects
New York City, New York
Ca. 1988

 

 

Percy France (tenor saxophone)

 

The Ragman’s Son by Kirk Douglas (1988)

 

Mickey Spillane audiobooks narrated by Stacy Keach

          The Killing Man (published December 1989) – cassette source

          My Gun is Quick (May 1990) – audiobooks.com source

          Kiss Me Deadly (September 1990) – cassette source

          Vengeance is Mine (September 1990) – youtube.com source

          I, The Jury (May 1991) – audible.com source

          One Lonely Night (May 1991) – audiobooks.com source

          The Big Kill (June 1994) – audiobooks.com source

 

 

Original music composed and performed by Percy France

Digitally remastered and edited by Daniel Gould.

 

In the WKCR Percy France Memorial broadcast, Phil Schaap stated that he recommended France to provide tenor saxophone interludes for audiobook recordings of Kirk Douglas’ autobiography, The Ragman’s Son, and the Mickey Spillane novel Vengeance is Mine. Research revealed that France provided saxophone interludes for each of the Spillane novels listed above, all narrated by Stacy Keach. Recording location is presumed to be New York City. While it is unknown if this music was recorded at a single session or several, an interlude from Ragman’s Son was also used as the final notes for The Killing Man, suggesting that this music was recorded at a single session. It should also be noted that the last audiobook appeared two and a half years after Percy France died.

The Ragman's Son
00:00 / 03:36
Mickey Spillane Audio Books
00:00 / 16:43
Shep Shepherd Percy France saxophone

Purvis Henson, Shep Shepherd, Cliff Smalls, Percy France

           November 15, 1988 - Home of Muriel Randall

                                     Brooklyn, New York

Shep Shepherd Percy France

Shep Shepherd, Percy France, Muriel Randall (front) Cliff Smalls (rear) Purvis Henson, Celeste Henson

                                November 15, 1988 - Home of Muriel Randall -  Brooklyn, New York

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

On November 15, 1988, Shep Shepherd was visiting the east coast from San Francisco. A cassette labelled "Shep Get Together," acquired from the Gaskin Papers, documents about 80 minutes of conversation among Shepherd, France, Smalls, Leonard Gaskin (in attendance but not photographed) and Purvis Henson, who was the featured saxophonist for the Buddy Johnson Orchestra featuring Ella Johnson.

Percy France tenor saxophone

     Percy France, unknown guest

Percy France's 61st birthday party

                   August 15, 1989

         Seaman's Net Restaurant

         New York City, New York

Percy France tenor saxophone

     Percy France, unknown guest

Percy France's 61st birthday party

                   August 15, 1989

         Seaman's Net Restaurant

         New York City, New York

Percy France tenor saxophone

        Percy France (saxophone), unknown guests

Percy France's 61st birthday party - August 15, 1989

  Seaman's Net Restaurant, New York City, New York

Photos: Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Sammy Price's Two-Tenor Boogie
West End Café
New York City, New York

April 6, 1990

 

 

Sammy Price (piano) Percy France (tenor saxophone) Doug Lawrence (tenor saxophone) Jerry Potter (drums) 

Phil Schaap intro to Body and Soul (Doug Lawrence feature, France out) (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton)

Misty (Garner)

CC Rider (Solos: France/Lawrence) (Rainey)

Honky Tonk (solos: France/Lawrence/France) (Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott) 

West End (Gate) Boogie (solos: France/Lawrence/France) (Price)

 

Leonard Gaskin Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Originally a live Friday night broadcast from the West End Gate, these tracks were re-broadcast during WKCR Percy France Memorial Broadcast (January 11, 1992).  Other songs broadcast during the original concert are unknown.

Digitally remastered by Daniel Gould.

West End Gate Boogie
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