When Jazz Was King

Series produced by WDCB

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When Jazz Was King 

When Jazz Was King

When Jazz Was King explores many of the early Jazz artists and their sounds from the 1920's forward.
Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson and Eddie Condon are just a few of the many on When Jazz Was King.
From WDCB, Chicago's Home for Jazz.


30 Pieces

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Enjoy your holiday season with Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Fats Waller and others on When Jazz Was King.

Bought by WHRV


  • Added: Dec 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Cornet,bandleader,composer. We'll hear music with Clarence Williams' Blue Five and Fats Waller as well as his own Seven Hot Babies.

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:07
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Fess Williams, Bandleader, clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist. Band homes including The Rosemont Ballroom then the Savoy.

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:01
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Do you like food,cookin',food coffee? Well we have music for all of the above from James P. Johnson, Irving Aaronson, Edmond Hall and others for yo...

Bought by KSTK and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:28
  • Purchases: 2
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Fun with Frankie Trumbauer, Sidney Bechet, Sam Wooding, Louis Armstrong and others!

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:24
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James P. Johnson extraordinary pianist, composer in solo format and duo with Bessie Smith.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:17
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West Coast based pianist, composer, bandleader multi-instrumentalist Sonny Clay with his own bands and solo piano too.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:16
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We end our trilogy with Hawk talking about Fletcher Henderson, Jack Teagarden and playing with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli as well.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:45
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We continue with Coleman Hawkins and Bill Grauer in the summer of 1956. He continues with Fletcher Henderson in music and voice. Plus we'll hear hi...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:15
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In 1956 Coleman Hawkins sat down with Bill Grauer from Riverside records and talked about his life in Jazz. This time about Fletcher Henderson, Ted...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:24
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Banjo, guitar and even clarinet heard with Ikey Robinson. Also we'll hear from trumpet great Jabbo Smith and Clarence Williams' Jug Band.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:08
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Bandleader-Violinist-Composer . New Orleans native was associated with Clarence Williams and his band included legendary clarinetist Lorenzo Tio, Jr.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:42
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Included are Paul Whiteman, Wingy Manone, Eddie Miller, Armand Hug and Zutty Singleton.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:03
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Clarinetist-Saxophonist. Member of Austin High Gang. We'll hear him with Eddie Condon, Miff Mole ,Ted Lewis and others.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:42
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Band Leader. Multi-Instrumentalist. Piano,violin, accordion. Many early careers passed thru. Artie Shaw, Russ Morgan and Hal Kemp just a few .

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:07
Caption: When Jazz Was King
C Melody Saxophonist. Admired by Lester Young, Benny Carter. We listen to him with Bix Beiderbecke, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang among others.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:57
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Bandleader, pianist Bennie Moten and his Orchestra with that early Kansas city sound.

Bought by KMUW


  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Louis Armstrong. Enough said. In the 1920's with King Oliver,Earl Hines and The Hot 5 & 7's.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:16
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Composer,Arranger,Pianist. We hear him play piano in many different size groups and his tunes including Beau Koo Jack Louis Armstrong and Functioni...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:16
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We'll join trumpeter Max Kaminsky with James P.Johnson,Art Hodes Sidney Bechet and others in live and studio recordings from then 40's.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:10