PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Caption: Lonnie Johnson
In the 1920s, jazz and popular music meant the same thing. At that point the guitar moved out of the rhythm section to became another solo voice.

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joel Shaw & his Orchestra
In 1925, pianist Joel Shaw became vast friends with bandleader Gene Kardos. They clicked. Their style had elements of jazz, society dance band and ...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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One last week's worth of songs that offer up pieces of advice. There were just too many great options to fit in to last week.

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Arthur Lally, reed artist
It seems that before jazz became popular in America, the British were ready to adopt the new music. Even the Prince of Whales got into the act by b...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, more songs that encourage, cajole, admonish, and reprimand.

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:00
Caption: Cornet Red Nichols
Musicians were known to violate their recordings contracts fairly regularly in the 1920s. It’s the old story that the talent was underpaid. So, it ...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week's collection of eclectic tunes all focus on advice in one form or another. Admissions of all shapes and sizes.

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Andy Kirk 78 rpm recxord label
In the first two decades of jazz, light-heartedness and hokum were prevalent. It wasn’t until the late 1930s that musicians decided to become more ...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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It’s a study of the historical development of the song Baby Please Don’t Go – from its early antecedents to a fairly recent rendering by some Briti...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Cow Cow Davenport
Your environment is your identity. That’s exactly why so many tunes in early jazz were written about the street that inspires the song. Naming a mu...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, Craig is featuring a collection of songs all about the moon.

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Mississippi River map
It wasn’t just products, livestock and people transported up and down the Mississippi in the 1920s. It was also music. Specifically jazz. A vast ma...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, Craig takes shares a few different renditions of My Blue Heaven - that classic song from the great American songbook.

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Burgundy Street sign
The musical traditions that emerged from New Orleans found roots around the world by the late 1920s. It took some time for Tin Pan Alley and Broadw...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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"One-two-three-four/ What are we waiting for? Fifty years on, after a night spent largely on that big wet, now commercialized field in Bethel, New...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Jabbo Smith
The legendary jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden reportedly set the standard by which all early performers strived to attain. That’s the legend. Since not...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Virus of the Mind The developing field of science called the science of memetics is based on evolution, studies memes: how they interact, repl...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Cole Porter
It seems that in the 1920s … at least in high society circles … it was very common for people to compliment each other, profusely. In fact, it was ...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lee McIntyre
We now live in what’s called “The Post-Truth Era.” That means feelings carry more weight than evidence, and alternative facts replace actual facts....

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, a look at musical stars who got a very early start at their recording careers.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: ODJB
With jazz coming on the scene in the 1920s, composers began reaping big rewards. The public simply couldn’t get enough of the new music, and anyone...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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FBI Secrets: An Agent’s Expose Agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a history of illegal break-ins to homes and offices and conducti...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Coon Sanders Nighthawks
When pianist Earl Hines was added to any band, they seemed to quickly excel. When Don Redman or Bill Challis became the arranger for any orchestra,...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Missourians
After leaving New Orleans in 1917, some brief stops in St. Louis and Kansas City, jazz musicans landed in Chicago. From there, many of them moved o...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, Craig delves into the history of three songs: Flat Foot Floogie, Everyday I Have The Blues, and Slippin' & Slidin'.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58