The Jazz Caravan

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Star-studded jazz combo that shares its name with a remarkable array of real-life jazz combos, radio shows, and fundraising festivals. This particular Jazz Caravan appeared in the "Play It Again, Russell" episode (first aired 13 February 1986) of The Cosby Show. Cliff's father, trombonist Russell "Slide" Huxtable (Earl Hyman), was a founding member of the group, which has been off the road for years. After a member dies, the combo — which features real life jazz superstars Art Blakey, Bootsie Barnes, Eric Gale, Tommy Flannagan, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Jimmy "Badman" Oliver, Tito Puente, Carlos "Patato" Valdias, and Joseph B. Wilder — gets together for a jam session.