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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...

Bought by KCBX


  • 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 ...

Bought by KCBX


  • 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: Dr. Max Klau
Recent events in America have once again turned the spotlight on the issues of race. Just when we think we are overcoming our racial divide, anothe...

Bought by KVSC and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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
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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple who taught America how to live up to their names - and their South Dakota love pioneer counterpa...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2018
  • Length: 37:08
Caption: Deborah Santana
There’s a growing awareness of solidarity among women. They refuse to be silenced. What began as a Women’s March in January 2017 has now evolved in...

Bought by WJSU and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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: 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: Book cover, Credit: Lyon Press
One Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when baseball’s most storied rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, vied for the pennant, the national pasti...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 21:01
  • Purchases: 1
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: 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: 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: 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
  • Purchases: 1
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.

Bought by KZYX and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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: 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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1