Jazz at 100

Series produced by WTJU

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"Jazz at 100” is that story – one hundred years of jazz recordings – in 100 one-hour programs that will present representative music from a century of recorded jazz history

In early 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording. Over the next 100 years we have heard transcendent leaps of creativity and staggering virtuosity; we have experienced the music of crushing pain, breathless romance, anger, exhilaration and humor. “Jazz at 100” is that story – one hundred years of jazz recordings – in 100 one-hour programs that will present representative music from a century of recorded jazz history. The series will explore the broad sweep of that narrative; its representative and its idiosyncratic players; its durable movements and dead ends; its popular recordings and rarities.


98 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This is the 98th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. The programs have chronologically followed the history of recorded jazz and, as we appr...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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This is the 97th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. We move now into the 21st century, presenting music from less than twenty years ago. Wh...

Bought by KMUN


  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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This is the 96th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. As we present more recent music, we face the historian’s dilemma - what performances wi...

Bought by KMUN


  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
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This is the 95th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. For 94 programs have moved on a roughly chronological path through the history of 100 y...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Never far from the pulse of jazz innovation, New York in the 1980s incubated what has become known as the “downtown scene.” Radically multi-stylist...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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Ironically, the record label that most consistently offered an outlet for the American jazz avant-garde in the 1980s was the Italian Black Saint / ...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Perhaps no jazz musician recorded a more varied output in more diverse setting in the 1980s than tenor saxophone and bass clarinet player David Mur...

Bought by KMUN and Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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In the 1980s, the avant-garde, although still home to many fine free jazz players, increasingly adopted an ecumenical approach to historical styles...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Nov 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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As the 1970s came to a close, many musicians searching for alternatives to jazz-rock fusion or free jazz found a home in straight-ahead acoustic ja...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting and KMUW


  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Perfectly timed to reinforce the value of acoustic mainstream jazz and provide an alternative to both fusion and free jazz, Art Pepper, Dexter Gord...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Jazz-rock fusion was a powerful force in the music in the early seventies, but noticeably began to run out of steam mid-decade. European influences...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Previously in this series we have surveyed record labels as representative of the jazz trends in their times – for example bebop on Dial in the 40s...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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By 1970, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul were recognized as two of the finest hard bop composers and players having contributed the full range of the...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting and WMOT


  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Chick Corea began recording as a sideman for artists like Mongo Santamaria, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Cal Tjader in 1962. In 1966, his began t...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting and WMOT


  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:18:35
  • Purchases: 2
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British guitarist John McLaughlin contributed to creating the bold new sound of Miles Davis’s great proto-fusion works, In A Silent Way and Bitches...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting and WMOT


  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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Jazz-rock fusion or, often, simply “fusion” emerged in the late 60s as the child of many mothers. Characterized by electric instruments and rock rh...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting and WMOT


  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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The brutal repression of the subversive mixed-race jazz subculture in South Africa led to the emigration of several important musicians whose work ...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting, WMOT, and WCNY


  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Soul Jazz developed in the late 1950s and become a staple of ghetto jukeboxes. Its catchy lines, heavy beat and blues-influenced phasing became a p...

Bought by WMOT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and WCNY


  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Rarely has a jazz instrument been so completely redefined as the organ was at the hands of Jimmy Smith. In his wake, the Hammond B3 organ gained wi...

Bought by KMUW, WMOT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, KAZU, and WCNY


  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
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Hard bop created a comfortable setting for a suite of great blues-influenced guitar players who led the way toward soul jazz. Several of these play...

Bought by WMOT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and WCNY


  • Added: Aug 31, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3