PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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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
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: 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
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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
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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
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Caption: 1920s Saxophonists
The saxophone was invented in the early 1800s, but wasn’t well received until the early 1900s. Then it became a staple in jazz. The most influentia...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charleston sheet music
Let’s see … Foxtrot, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Charleston, The Baltimore, Lindy Hop (previously, Texas Tommy), Turkey Trot, One-step, Shimmy, and later...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
In the latter 1920s, jazz enthusiasts began to hear a very different style introduced into their favorite music. Although the overall sound remaine...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Shuffle Along 1924
The best way to have your music heard in the 1920s was to present it on stage, on or off Broadway. Selling sheet music goes just so far, and radio ...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cootie Williams
Musical instruments have been used for creative imagery as long as anyone can remember, so it’s not surprising that jazz ushered in a new and color...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Warren "Baby" Dodds
The evolution of jazz traps that accompanied the drums began in about 1880, no one knows for sure …however the first recorded evidence is not heard...

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  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Back Room, NYC
Jazz officially moved into the Big Apple in 1917 with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. But it wasn’t until the music began to blend with Tin Pan A...

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  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Omer Simeon
This program features three musicians, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone and Omer Simeon. All three cut their teeth in New Orleans musical circles, and the...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Piece image
Both Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong entered the professional music scene in the early 1920s. Both favored traditional jazz with its roots in New O...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: My Four Reasons 78 RPM
Multi instrumentalist Isaac Robinson became well known in the 1920s. His talents and virtuosity placed him in high demand from musicians like Jelly...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frankie Trambauer
In size and tone, the C-melody Saxophone is half way between its cousins -- tenor and alto. Once you’ve heard it in the creative hands of Frankie T...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James Blythe
Chicago musician Jimmy Blythe was well respected by his peers. He had a feel for jazz very few could equal. By the time he was 22, he had cut sever...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Junie Cobb
This program is the epitome of early jazz heard in the Windy City’s South Side featuring multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Junie Cobb.

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jabbo Smith
Two overlooked musicians in the 1920s … Jabbo Smith and Reuben Reeves … cornet and trumpet.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1927 Auto in mud
In the 1920s, it was a major task for a band, without a lot of money, to tour the country and line up a recording studio date. If they travel by au...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jack Teagarden
With the onset of the great depression at the close of 1929, trombonist Jack Teagarden had a choice: find another profession, or become a part of t...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Tennessee Tooters
It’s not unusual for musicians to name their bands after locations they’ve never been. That’s true today, and it worked well in the past.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: J.C. Higginbotham
Pianist and bandleader Luis Russell happened to have one of the best bands in the Big Apple by the latter 1920s.

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Washboard Rhythm Kings record
They were unlike any other jazz group in the 1930s. Over the 6-years of their existence, their personnel changed every time they were in studio. Pl...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller
One of the most flamboyant, enigmatic, larger than life personalities in early jazz is Thomas “Fats” Waller: a primary exponent of Stride piano.

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1