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Caption: Noble Sissle
Lyricist, composer, vocalist and bandleader Noble Sissle had a very successful 60-year career in jazz and musical theater. He’s best know as the mu...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Clarence Williams
instrument was the jug. Clarence Williams was a professional, yet he thoroughly enjoyed a relaxed performing style. Add in a little hokum, and the ...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Both Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong entered the professional music scene in the early 1920s. Both favored traditional jazz with its roots in New O...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: J.C. Higginbotham
Pianist and bandleader Luis Russell happened to have one of the best bands in the Big Apple by the latter 1920s.

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller
One of the most flamboyant, enigmatic, larger than life personalities in early jazz is Thomas “Fats” Waller: a primary exponent of Stride piano.

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chicago Hottentots
Traditional jazz began its road to sophistication in the mid 1920s with artists like Louie Armstrong, Albert Nicholas, Richard M. Jones, Johnny Dod...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jimmy Noone
This program visits Chicago's South Side in the latter 1920s to hear three of the leading proponents of jazz clarinet.

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Walter Page
It too decades for jazz historians to recognize regional bands for their influence on the music.

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Canal St., New Orleans
This program visits with the early New Orleans musicians. After all, their creativity is what started jazz on the road to popularity.

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Irving Mills Orchestra
Here are a few selections from the archives of early jazz representing some of the talented musicians who, for whatever reason, remained in the sha...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Two powerhouse saxophonists of early jazz are heard in this show: Benny Carter, alto and Coleman Hawkins, tenor.

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blind Blake
The original blues recordings from the 1920s featuring artists from the Delta to the Father of Texas Blues.

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1920s Chicago
It's the rough and tumble 1920s Chicago’s speakeasies. You had to have a password to gain entrance through a side door.

Bought by WDCB, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tiny Parham, Credit: Swaggie Records
Although mostly forgotten today, Hartzell "Tiny" Parham is known as one of the pioneers of Chicago style jazz of the 1920s

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bessie Smith
The cornerstones for this program: Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday featuring several artists who benefited from the breakthrough recordings of Mami...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe was among the elite, privileged few of the Creole population of New Orleans. Although the heyday of the city ...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Mills Brothers
From winning an amateur contest at Piqua's May's Opera House in the 1920s to the rise of rock and roll in the early fifties and their number one hi...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Winold Riess
When jazz enthusiasts think of early violin performances, they may naturally land upon the name Joe Venuti. Indeed, Joe was one of the earliest, bu...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Luis Russell
A native of Panama, Luis Russell moved to New Orleans in 1919 after winning a $3000 lottery. He became a mainstay house pianist. But, in 1925 he mo...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lionel Hampton
Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders should be better known. But, they’re not. Part of the reason is their geographical location: Los Angeles - 1929. A...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Louis Armstrong
In the early years of recordings, Louis Armstrong became a trailblazing pioneer in the art of accompanying blues singers. I wasn’t as easy as it ma...

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  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Champion Records label
Overlooked as a gathering place for hot jazz in the 1920s, the Southwest sported some excellent musicians. Many went on to successful careers in th...

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  • Added: May 07, 2014
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Thomas Morris
Cornetist Thomas Morris is somewhat of an obscure artist from the 1920s, although he was certainly very active recording with Clarence Williams, Si...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mamie Smith
She billed herself as “The Queen of the Blues.” But, technically, she wasn’t a blues singer.

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe Robichaux
On the one had, you can say that pianist and arranger Joe Robichaux was a New Orleans musician, on the other, his unique sound set him apart from h...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1