Ray Bryant, "Alone At Montreux"The Jazz After Hours theme song is an old piano blues by Avery Parrish called "After Hours", first recorded by Parrish on piano with the Erskine Hawkins band in 1940 for Bluebird. It became an instant classic, and for many years any piano player worth his salt knew how to play this blues.

It has been recorded many times. In my library I have versions by Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Hazel Scott, Phineas Newborn, Hank Crawford, Buck Clayton, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and several others, even a vocal version by Aretha Franklin. The one I've used to open each program since 1984 is a solo piano version by Ray Bryant at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1972, reissued by 32 Jazz.

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