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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
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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
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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: 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
  • 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
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
  • Purchases: 1
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Craig devotes a second week to the plethora of songs about walking.

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:02
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This week begins a two-part series of programs that feature songs about walking.

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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
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This week's theme revolves around the arrival of the summer season. Most of the songs are well-known and iconic, but a few may be new discoveries!

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, all of the tunes have a commonality to them. See if you can guess what that is.

  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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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This week, all of the songs will be about the various factors associated with the social custom of getting married. Some will be lighthearted and f...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, Craig pays tribute to the American Armed Forces via the music popular during the WWII years. It's the American Rhythm Wartime Radio Review.

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  • Added: May 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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This week, a tribute to all of the men & women who have served in the armed forces, and an overview of the music of the WWII years. It's the Americ...

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01