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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: Blackbirds Sheet Music
The review, Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928, opened at the Liberty Theatre on 42nd Street in May of that year.

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
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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
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Caption: Fats Waller
Connie’s Hot Chocolates opened at the Hudson Theater, 44th Street east of Broadway, on June 20, 1929. It was a slice of Harlem nightlife.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Susan D. Carle
The NAACP and the National Urban League were founded over 100-years ago. Since their inception, they have been viewed as the vanguard for national ...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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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
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When you call 911, who answers the phone? How do they decide who to send to the scene, and how fast will they get there? We bring you a 2-part spec...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
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
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Caption: Duke Ellington
In the 1920s, Ellington performed in nightclubs as the bandleader of a sextet, a group that in time grew to a 10-piece ensemble. The nucleus of thi...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and described those who impressed him as "beyond category. "He is widely conside...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Carla Kaplan
White upper-class women seeking to become honorary blacks. Unheard of –right? That’s what began to happen during what became known as the Black Ren...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Sam Wooding Band
Once you hear the music of Sam Wooding and his Chocolate Dandies you, too, will be curious why his work is not as familiar to connoisseurs of early...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Here’s another look at the extraordinary talents of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, with more humorous stories from behind the scenes.

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Fats Waller
Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller is one of the few who can be called a legend during his lifetime, even though it was all too short: 39 years. Here he ...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Johnny Dodds
Johnny Dodds was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920's. Although both Jimmy Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique, Dodds had a very ...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Lonnie Johnson
Pioneering blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson began playing professionally in New Orleans in 1917. He toured Europe with Marion Cook’s Souther...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Professor Lawrence Blum
In his new book, professor Lawrence Blum provides insight into a rigorous high school course on race and racism.

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Washboard Rhythm Kings
When washboard was King. Well, that may be a stretch, but the popularity of that musical instrument, when it was used as such, reached a height in...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scott Joplin
This program is devoted to those pioneers of jazz piano from Scott Joplin to Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1