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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
Caption: sheet music cover
As New Orleans musicians began to migrate north following the closure of Storyville (the red light district near the navy base), it was only natura...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: James P. Johnson
Original stride pianist James P. Johnson began his professional recording career in 1916 with the Aeolian Company by recording several piano rolls....

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  • Added: May 29, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kid Ory
By 1911, tailgate trombonist Kid Ory was leading one of the best-known bands in New Orleans. Eight years later he formed a successful band in Los A...

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  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
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He is considered the first great tenor saxophonist in jazz. The first signs of Coleman Hawkins’ potential began to show when he was still a child.

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Bandleader Billy Cotton
Despite the vast popularity of "That Rhythm Man," as Billy Cotton was known, his recognition did not reach the states like the bands lead by Ambros...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cliff Edwards with Ukelele
The ukulele became as commonplace in the American parlor as the piano in the 1920s. Today we think of the tiny guitar as a Hawaiian instrument, whe...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: John Held Jr.
Laughter is the best medicine. But, it feels that today's musicians may be taking themselves too seriously. Here are selections from the 1920s to t...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Irving Caesar
This program features those wonderfully talented lyricists of the 1920s who created such memorial songs as "Margie," "You Took Advantage of Me," "T...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fud Livingston
Joseph Anthony Livingston, nicknamed “Fud,” played accordion and piano in his youth. But, in his teens, he found the saxophone more to his liking. ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: George & Ira Gershwin
Tin Pan Alley, near Union Square in New York City, became the center for music publishing by 1915. The world of formulaic songwriting – songs with ...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Young Eubie Blake
The music of american legend James Hubert "Eubie" Blake. Pianist, composer, vocalist, and a man who could reinvent himself as times demanded.

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 1920s Race Record label
Singer, songwriter, pianist, singer and vaudeville and minstrel performer Perry Bradford, forever changed the sound of American popular music by co...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2013
  • Length: 58:54
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cladys "Jabbo" Smith
Cladys "Jabbo" Smith is one of the finest exponents of early jazz trumpet, yet he is overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and many oth...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Blanche Calloway
Although Blanche Calloway began her show business career several years earlier than younger brother Cabell, she was at least in popularity surpasse...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bix Beiderbecke
During Bix Beiderbecke’s years of recording, there were literally hundreds of sound-alike trumpeters and cornet players. They all wanted to sound l...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jack Pettis
Saxophonist Jack Pettis was a pioneer in the introduction of the C-Melody in the early 1920s. According to tenor Bud Freeman, he was the king, and ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2012
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Miff Mole & Red Nichols
Trombonist Miff Mole and trumpeter Red Nichols, two highly talented jazz musicians, met in New York in the early 1920s. Together they prefected wh...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Cole Porter
American icon Cole Porter learned piano and violin at age six. He became very good at both, but he disliked the violin's harsh sound and so his ene...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Art Hodes
Some of the earliest Blue Note recording sessions featured the trumpet of Sidney DeParis, clarinet of Edmund Hall, and piano of Art Hodes. They ca...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:52
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Homage to Astor Piazzolla featuring Catherine Wilson and Ensemble Vivant hosted by Keith Horner.

  • Added: Jul 30, 2012
  • Length: 58:45
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Give a listen to some of those very hot bands of the 1920s. You may not recognize many of the names, but that doesn't lessen their impact.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
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His friends called him "Hoochie Coo," and he was one of the great jazz pianists ... composer of hundreds of songs, but best known for writing the t...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2010
  • Length: 03:00
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This program features an evening of music and interviews with Los Lobos-Acoustic En Vivo. This performance was recorded live at the Historic Rialto...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2009
  • Length: 58:26
  • Purchases: 6