PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
The music known as jazz originated in New Orleans, but it wasn’t until musicians migrated to Chicago that it became the popular music of the 1920s.

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  • Added: May 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lil Hardin Armstrong
There were several who sang with jazz groups in the 1920s, but very few composers and lyricists. Even fewer band leaders. Part of the reason was th...

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  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kid Ory
“The Misuse of the Trombone” Some music critics in the 1920s did not appreciate how the trombone was incorporated into jazz. The moans, whines, whi...

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  • Added: May 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe Sullivan
This program moves around the horn, as it’s called in baseball, with Joe Venuti on 1st, Joe Sullivan, 2nd, Joe Mannone on 3rd, and Joe Tardo, home ...

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
Knowledge, creativity, charisma, and endless energy are just a few qualities that make a good musical leader. The the leader can also arrange and c...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Omer Simeon
This is a tribute to a few of the creative clarinetists of early jazz. Two from New Orleans and one from Chicago: Johnny Dodds, Omer Simeon and Ben...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: uncut fire opal
This program digs into the vaults of early jazz to find those rarely heard recordings with some well known artists like Count Basie, and some not-s...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Junie Cobb
Dozens of songs written in the 1920s are referred to “Stomps” in the title, but realistically, it can be used to mean dance. Perhaps even dance wil...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Blanch Calloway
Along with the emergence of jazz came a number of songs featuring strange, funny, wild, and unexpected lyrics. Think of Vo-Do-Do-De-O-Blues, Nagasa...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Graystone Ballroom
Decades before Motown music, Motor City was a hotbed for jazz during the 1920s. Paradise Valley and Black Bottom were the ultimate destinations for...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Jug
When jazz was in its infancy, the most common bass instrument was the tuba. Convenient for the marching band. Eventually, bass clarinet and saxopho...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Zutty Singelton
This program features the percussionists of the 1920s. In the earliest days they emphasized woodblocks, cowbells, China cymbals, and tom-toms rathe...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: c1920 Recording studio
Before the mp3, Compact disc, and Long play record, Hot Wax was the medium. Vibrations of audio traveled through a recording stylus into the soft m...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bessie Smith
As jazz became Americas music in the 1920s, the jazz vocalist had to adopt to the key, tempo and pitch changes. This is a very creative era for the...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Valentine Card
Some the best love songs were performed in the 1920s. This program recognizes the work of Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Yip Harbu...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Irving Berlin
When jazz became the popular music of the 1920s, Tin Pan Alley was in the thick of a Golden Age. This program features over 15 composers responsibl...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bubber Miley, left
They’re best remembered for their mastery of the muted trumpet. Bubber Miley and Cootie Williams were standout musicians who performed with the Duk...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Toni Parenti
Shortly after jazz was introduced to a New York audience, many musicians migrated out of New Orleans, however, a core of the performers remained. F...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Butterbeans & Susie
A little levity from talented and inventive musicians can go a long way to putting some pep in your step. Fats Waller could hardly keep from adding...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Vocalion Records
This is a celebration of some of the finest music and talented musicians who recorded between 1923 and 1933. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beid...

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Although Atlanta isn’t thought of as a hub for early jazz, nevertheless, it was a hive of musical activity in the 1920s. There were enough venues, ...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Noble Sissle
Lyricist, composer, vocalist and bandleader Noble Sissle had a very successful 60-year career in jazz and musical theater. He’s best know as the mu...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Clarence Williams
instrument was the jug. Clarence Williams was a professional, yet he thoroughly enjoyed a relaxed performing style. Add in a little hokum, and the ...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ted Lewis
You might say he didn’t take his music seriously. On the other hand, bandleader and clarinetist Ted Lewis is one of the best known performers of th...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: City transport c1925
Throughout time, musicians enjoy performing songs about transportation. The challenges of travel are highlighted in this program.

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1