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Caption: Vic Berton
Experimentation and inventiveness found common ground in early jazz. That was especially true in the world of percussion.

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon was a leading exponent of the blend between Vaudeville and Jazz in the latter 1920s and early ‘30s.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1925 electrical cords
1925 was an eventful year for record companies. The electrical process was introduced. Even then it took several record companies a couple of years...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A 1930s Cartoon Character
Jazz and cartoons were a perfect match made in ‘toon heaven in the early years of animation.

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  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fred Ahlert
When you hear about composers of American popular music in the 1920s and early '30s, the names that are remembered are Cole Porter, George and Ira ...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • 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: Milt Gabler
Long before Milt Gabler became a major record producer, he owned a very small music store in a tumble down building in New York City.

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Merle Johnston
This program can also be titled "Unusual Patterns in Jazz."

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  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: On Campus
Images of jazz in the 1920s are of raccoon coats, hip flasks, bobbed hair, and cars with rumble seats.

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:29
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cab Calloway
Singing in nonsensical sounds and rhythm sounds like it would be easier than singing the lyrics of songs, but it’s not. Many have tried most have f...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway 1920s
This is a selection of hits from the Broadway stage and the movies in the 1920s and early ‘30s. But, there's one sleeper

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fess Williams
Jazz didn’t emerge from a vacuum. It was an amalgamation of several musical forms including blues, skiffle, the call and response, vaudeville, and ...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Blue Rhythm Band
By 1930 Irving Mills had the world on a string. His music publishing business was booming, and he began to expand his control over his musicians.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Crescent City Orchestra
Sleepers: Those wonderfully talented band of the last 1920s who were kept in the dark. Somehow, despite their inventiveness, they never reached a l...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Jazz Wizards
Chicago was a muddy, windy town in the mid 1800s, but in 1893 (World's Fair) it had come of age. By 1920, if you couldn’t find the jazz you liked i...

Bought by WDCB, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wilton Crawley
To say that Wilton Crawley had a unique sound would be an understatement. He used every technique in the book in the ‘20s, and created much of his ...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
Frankie Trumbauer’s spend his early career with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, a small experimental group consisting of Bix Beiderbecke and Bill Ran...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were two very important factors in the formation of jazz in the 1920s. They performed together with the California Ramblers ...

Bought by KMUW and KCBX


  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Washboard Rhythm Kings
Spasm bands, or skiffle bands, (created out of found objects not usually found in musical groups) originated in the streets of New Orleans around 1...

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  • Added: May 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Although Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller was one of the most prolific recording artists in the 1920s and 1930s, very little of his earlier music is heard.

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  • Added: Apr 29, 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: George Brunies
Half a dozen brothers and sisters, mother, father, and a cousin made up the core of the Brunies family. They were all good musicians. Many of them ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and KCBX


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Vaughn De Leath
She was known as “The First Lady of Radio.” Vaughn De Leath’s recording career began in 1921, which lead to hundreds of titles over the next decade...

Bought by Radio New Zealand and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eddie Condon
Eddie Condon is one of the liked musicians during the early years of jazz. A Chicago style guitarist, is probably best remembered for his wit, humo...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Three Jazz Wizards
Here is a sampling of some of the bands of the 1920s; most didn’t make it beyond their geographical boarders. By no means does that lesson their ta...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2014
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1