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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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jane Green
This is a sampling of the women who performed on Broadway and recorded studio sessions in the 1920s.

Bought by WCPN, WNMU-FM, WCPN, WXAV 88.3FM, and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The Jungle Band 78 RPM label
The 1920s & early '30s were years of rapid change. jazz was no exception.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scott Joplin
Ragtime was created some time in the late 1900s. No one knows for sure.

Bought by KCBX and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skiffle Band
Early jazz musicians experimented with an array of instrumentation including the kazoo, washboard, jug, hot fountain pin, goofus and comb. They als...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Unidentified band
In its original state, the blues were performed with repeating opening phrases. Melancholy, sad, lamenting tales.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Johnny Dodds
As jazz emerged as the popular music of the 1920s, it was common to have the trumpet as the lead instrument, however, a few pioneering musicians wa...

Bought by KRZA and KCBX


  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In 1915, the tiny ukulele found its way to the mainland. Imported from Hawaii. And, it took the musical world by storm. Millions of these inexpensi...

Bought by KCBX and KHNS


  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eddie South
Chicago based violinist Eddie South, The Dark Angel of the Fiddle, actually can be classified as worldwide.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pierre Boulez, Credit: New York Philharmonic Archives
Critic at large, Andrew Patner shares an exclusive interview from 2009 with the legendary Pierre Boulez, Helen Regenstein conductor emeritus of th...

Bought by WDPR, KOWS, KDX Worldround Radio, KGUA, KUAF Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 58:52
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Happy New Year 1920s
Some of the best remembered songs of the 1920 to celebrate the New Year.

Bought by KMXT, KRZA, and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Ethel Waters
Those beautiful female voicalists who became pioneers in the art of jazz voicing in the early 1920s.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cab Calloway
This program features three artists who could ignite an audience just by walking on stage. Don Redman, Ted Lewis and Cab Calloway. They were all fi...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • 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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Syd Valentine & his Patent Leather Kids
This program features a few of those overlooked musicians who simply didn’t venture very far from their own back yards, or hometowns.

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Show Boat
When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein proposed a broadway production of Edna Farber’s novel, Show Boat, their friends advised against it. It was t...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
Jazz musician Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton was a pioneer of the plunger mute trombone, a creator of vocal sounds from the instrument, and a perfect fit ...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Two powerhouse saxophonists of early jazz are heard in this show: Benny Carter, alto and Coleman Hawkins, tenor.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Harry Warren
The melody may set the stage, but it’s frequently the lyrics we remember. This show is devoted to those handy wordsmiths, many of them forgotten.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Original Creole Orchestra
The first two decades of jazz witnessed a new dynamic for promotions. Musicians began gathering in the streets of New Orleans in an effort to outsh...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In the first decade of jazz, many trumpet players attempted to reach the level of musicianship set by Louis Armstrong. Two, in particular, were sta...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon
Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon began his career on the Vaudeville stage at the age of 15. His influence may have been show business, but he artfully inc...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Chicagoans
Chicago in the 1920s was a pivotal point for jazz. A number of changes were being incorporated into the music birthed in New Orleans, and the Austi...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Music from San Antonio to New Orleans as the "Gulf Coast Sound." Often coming from Huey Meaux's Crazy Cajun record label but there is a audio conn...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KRZA


  • Added: Sep 20, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:03
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 1920s Flapper
Several of the songs heard in this program were never sold over the counter. If you knew the artist, you’d have to request it from the clerk, who w...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1