PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Caption: Gennett Records label
The Starr Piano Company opened the doors to their new recording studio in Richmond, Indiana in 1916. The first few years they waxed the standard fa...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2014
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
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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Caption: Jack Teagarden
Very few musicians had the artful phrasing that Weldon Leo “Jack” Teagarden had. Whether he was playing trombone, or singing, he seemed to adopt so...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Victor ODJB 78 RPM
The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was one of the first major record labels, and arguably the best. They became a revolutionary force in the mu...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Benny Goodman
This program is devoted to Benny Goodman’s earliest years in the recording business. His inventive style is heard with the Ben Pollack Orchestra, H...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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It’s an understatement to say that Georgia was not known as a mecca for early jazz; nevertheless, there are several quality musicians from the Atla...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Eddie South
This program is devoted to the pioneers of jazz violin including Stephane Grappelli, Eddie South, Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Clifford Hayes, and many...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is famous, with exhibits around the world. In the early 1930s, a restaurant and small dance floor provided an ideal set...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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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: Eddie Lang
Eddie Lang, more than any other jazz guitarist, brought the rhythm guitar into the limelight as a solo instrument. Granted, he couldn't have comple...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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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: Bing Crosby
Today’s image of Bing Crosby is that is was a Crooner, possibly one of the finest in American popular music, however, he was much more than that. P...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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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
A tribute to New Orleans clarinetist Johnny Dodds continues.

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
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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: Jimmy Dorsey
In the latter 1920s, bandleader Paul Whiteman began incorporating jazz elements into his band. In doing so, he hired quite a number of hot jazz art...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Paul Whiteman
It’s truly a misnomer to call him “The King of Jazz,” although he did manage to surround himself with a number of very talented jazz musicians. Mor...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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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: Fred Elizalde
When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band visited Great Britain in 1919, the invasion was on. America’s music infiltrated the hearts and minds of young...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
Few musicians can claim the accolades given to Frankie Trumbauer during the 1920s and 1930s. Unfortunately, he’s largely overlooked today; his infl...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
Reed artist Frankie Trumbauer contributions to early jazz have been overshadowed by the role he played in Bix Beiderbecke's career.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Harlem dancers
A six square mile area of New York City became the hotspot for jazz in the late 1920s. Duke Ellington called it, “The world’s most glamorous atmos...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1