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This week's theme revolves around the arrival of the summer season. Most of the songs are well-known and iconic, but a few may be new discoveries!

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
Caption: Shuffle Along 1924
The best way to have your music heard in the 1920s was to present it on stage, on or off Broadway. Selling sheet music goes just so far, and radio ...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, all of the tunes have a commonality to them. See if you can guess what that is.

  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
Caption: Cootie Williams
Musical instruments have been used for creative imagery as long as anyone can remember, so it’s not surprising that jazz ushered in a new and color...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, all of the songs will be about the various factors associated with the social custom of getting married. Some will be lighthearted and f...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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And how California’s car emission standards continue to influence the rest of the country.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 39:44
Caption: Warren "Baby" Dodds
The evolution of jazz traps that accompanied the drums began in about 1880, no one knows for sure …however the first recorded evidence is not heard...

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  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, Craig pays tribute to the American Armed Forces via the music popular during the WWII years. It's the American Rhythm Wartime Radio Review.

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  • Added: May 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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This week, a tribute to all of the men & women who have served in the armed forces, and an overview of the music of the WWII years. It's the Americ...

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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No overarching theme this week. Instead, short sets grouped together with common parameters.

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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Don Davis, a story-teller from Okracoke, North Carolina and joins us in this archive edition first broadcast in July 1993, when Radio Curious was c...

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: The Back Room, NYC
Jazz officially moved into the Big Apple in 1917 with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. But it wasn’t until the music began to blend with Tin Pan A...

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  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, American Rhythm continues the journey through historical songs that focus on the natural world. Rivers, mountains, the ocean, etc...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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America’s Future: Transition into the 21st Century William Boyer, a Professor Emeritus and the former Chairman of the Department of Educational Fo...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Omer Simeon
This program features three musicians, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone and Omer Simeon. All three cut their teeth in New Orleans musical circles, and the...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An imaginary live broadcast from a New Orleans music club.

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:38
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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: My Four Reasons 78 RPM
Multi instrumentalist Isaac Robinson became well known in the 1920s. His talents and virtuosity placed him in high demand from musicians like Jelly...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Poetry and music about April.

  • Added: Apr 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:25
Caption: Frankie Trambauer
In size and tone, the C-melody Saxophone is half way between its cousins -- tenor and alto. Once you’ve heard it in the creative hands of Frankie T...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: James Blythe
Chicago musician Jimmy Blythe was well respected by his peers. He had a feel for jazz very few could equal. By the time he was 22, he had cut sever...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week's episode features songs that you may have heard before, but probably not the various versions Craig Faulkner has uncovered.

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Junie Cobb
This program is the epitome of early jazz heard in the Windy City’s South Side featuring multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Junie Cobb.

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jabbo Smith
Two overlooked musicians in the 1920s … Jabbo Smith and Reuben Reeves … cornet and trumpet.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Looking through old photos elicits a myriad of feelings.

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