PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Caption: sheet music cover
As New Orleans musicians began to migrate north following the closure of Storyville (the red light district near the navy base), it was only natura...

Bought by Radio New Zealand and KCBX


  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Kid Ory
By 1911, tailgate trombonist Kid Ory was leading one of the best-known bands in New Orleans. Eight years later he formed a successful band in Los A...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
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He is considered the first great tenor saxophonist in jazz. The first signs of Coleman Hawkins’ potential began to show when he was still a child.

Bought by KCBX, KMUW, and KCBX


  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Simeon Wright
This month's Tin Roof Project features Simeon Wright, author of Simeon Speaks, the first eyewitness account of the kidnapping and murder of his cou...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2013
  • Length: 42:00
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In this montage of story and song, we hear Blues musicians speaking about their lives, the meaning of the Blues, growing up in hard times, and maki...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Professor Robin Bernstein
Professor Robin Bernstein: Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Mar 05, 2013
  • Length: 19:59
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 02:15
Caption: Young Eubie Blake
The music of american legend James Hubert "Eubie" Blake. Pianist, composer, vocalist, and a man who could reinvent himself as times demanded.

Bought by KCBX and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 13, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 1920s Race Record label
Singer, songwriter, pianist, singer and vaudeville and minstrel performer Perry Bradford, forever changed the sound of American popular music by co...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 05, 2013
  • Length: 58:54
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cladys "Jabbo" Smith
Cladys "Jabbo" Smith is one of the finest exponents of early jazz trumpet, yet he is overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and many oth...

Bought by WNCU and KCBX


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jim Frey reads "Prism Riot"
This week's stories are about assumptions-- and we all know what happens when people make them. Stories by Kay Brockwell, Jim Frey, and Patrice Mel...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Butterbeans & Susie
Jody and Susie Edwards were apparently married on stage at the Standard Theatre, Philadelphia. They went on perform for several decades billing th...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 13, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Andy Kirk & his Clouds of Joy
Bandleader Andy Kirk gave up his post office carrier in 1925 to try his hand in music. He showed talent on the saxophone and tuba, but it evolved t...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 22, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bestselling Author Laura Parker Castoro
This week it's our monthly series The Tin Roof Project, where well-known Southerners bring their own true stories to life. This month's Tin Roofer ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
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This week our writers grapple with the colors that separate, whether black, brown, or white. Stories by Tyler Thompson, Leslie Epps, and Jennifer M...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Tricia Rose, Credit: Rama Hughes
In this conversation, Juanita Brown wanted to go beyond the hype that President Obama's election marked "the end of history" in American race relat...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2012
  • Length: 38:28
Caption: Ashley Bryan, Credit: Rama Hughes
Perhaps Rick Benjamin was nominated to host the show because he has just has this unmistakable GLOW...perhaps it's because of the way this energy i...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2012
  • Length: 44:14
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A bio of the single best disco artist, who changed performance forever, Sylvester.

  • Added: May 26, 2012
  • Length: 18:13
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While teaching at an all-black middle school in Atlanta, Associate Professor of Education Meira Levinson realized that her students’ were gong to h...

  • Added: May 08, 2012
  • Length: 27:51
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A review of the Rwandan genocide drama.

  • Added: Apr 12, 2012
  • Length: 01:59
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A bell tower that has been mute for 70 years at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia is about to get a voice thanks to Diane Watkins.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2012
  • Length: 55:55
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Edward Harden Peeples V was a racist practically from birth. But once out of the orbit of Richmond, Virginia, he went through a transformation whic...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 55:38
Caption: Josephine Baker
Sidney Bechet and Josephine Baker were the most recognizable expatriates on the Parisian seen in the 1920s. If you've seen the movie "Midnight in P...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: This rough sketch for a children's book drew one D.C. native into a mystery regarding “Colored Only” signs in D.C. in the 1930s. , Credit: Rebecca Sheir
A well-meaning illustration in a children's book sparks controversy over segregation in the nation's capital in the 1930s.

Bought by Listenwise, WAMC, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jan 31, 2012
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cannon Jug Stompers
With the closure of Storyville in New Orleans, many talented musicians landed in Memphis before making their way to Chicago and New York.

  • Added: Jan 18, 2012
  • Length: 58:59