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.


100 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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In the last hour we heard from prominent Swing Era soloists Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, featured in small group settin...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
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While the jazz of the thirties was predominantly remembered as coming from orchestras and big bands, seminal soloists continued to record memorable...

Bought by WCNY, WLPR, KMUW, Bandon Community Radio, and Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
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By far the most commercially successful of the stride pianists, he made his reputation (and his living) through comedy. “He wasn’t witty, if that w...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Jazz has often been understood through the lens of the conflict between art and commerce. In the 1930s, several artists successfully blurred these ...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Billie Holiday began recording at 18 years old in 1933 in a session with Bennie Goodman and was musically active until her death at 44 in 1959. Ell...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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In the mid-1930s, jazz orchestras led by drummer Chick Webb and clarinetist Benny Goodman rose to prominence with the arrangements of Edgar Sampson...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:06
  • Purchases: 4
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In the last hour, we heard Count Basie emerge as an exciting new voice from Kansas City. In this hour, we return to New York to follow Duke Ellingt...

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  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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In the eleventh hour of Jazz at 100, we followed Count Basie through the Benny Moten Band in Kansas City and heard his first recordings as a leader...

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  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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We have to remember that the clarinet dominated the reeds throughout the 1920s. Sidney Bechet made a stand with the soprano sax and Frankie Trumbau...

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  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:55
  • Purchases: 6
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In this hour, we’ll explore the early jazz of Kansas City and the Territory Bands.

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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In the last hour, we listened to the pioneering jazz orchestra of Duke Ellington. Large jazz ensembles, such as Ellington’s, soon to be known as “B...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 7
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In previous programs in this series, we have listened to Stride pianists and jazz orchestras from New York. In this hour, we’ll return to Harlem to...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 8
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In this hour we will listen to Bix Beiderbecke's music often in the company of C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer. We’ll also listen to several...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 8
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In this hour, we return with Louis Armstrong to Chicago and listen to his seminal small group recordings. We are joined in this hour by John D’ear...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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In this hour we’ll stick with New York, but focus in on the piano music of Harlem – “Stride.” We are joined in this hour by Art Wheeler, pianist, p...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 8
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Now we move to the other emerging center of the music, New York. While New York hosted small combos similar to Chicago, it also grew a number of si...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 9
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In this hour, we’ll return to the Chicago of King Oliver. As the 1920s progressed the Chicago music scene attracted such early jazz luminaries as L...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:52
  • Purchases: 9
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In this hour, we’ll explore the music of two more giants of the New Orleans diaspora, pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, who left Louisiana in...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 10
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As New Orleans lost its commercial position as a major port and blacks fled the oppression of the American south, the cream of NOLA musicians hit t...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 9
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On February 26, 1917, five musicians from New Orleans recorded for Victor Records in New York as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, bringing a new s...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 12