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Caption: Traveling Musician
So many musicians with loads of talent seldom ventured beyond their own boundaries. Here's a sampling of the riches of the 1920s.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jan Garber
Popular music of the 1920s was jazz.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Apollo Theater
The neo-classically designed Apollo with it’s plush interior opened for business in 1913. At first it was a burlesque venue. Later featuring vaudev...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Irving Berlin
Here is a selection of songs from the early years of jazz that had longevity. Their popularity lasted for decades.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Early Radio
Jazz connected with audiences in the 1920s, but it was the combination of a prolific recording industry and the abundance of radio’s that boosted i...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Durium Records
As the Great Depression set in, record sales began to slump early in 1930. But one record company had an answer.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charles "Buddy" Rogers
During the early years of jazz, vocalists had to experiment with the best way to compliment musicians that specialized in improvisation and counter...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jul 28, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blossom Seeley
Before the 1920s it was almost unheard of for female vocalists to record popular music. That is unless they were singing a number from their Broadw...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Gene Karos
In 1931, a fresh new band recorded its first four sides at the Victor Studios, New York City. This young band dared to buck the trend by playing ho...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Four talented clarinetists of the 1920s who came from the Vaudeville and musical stage. Ted Lewis, Fess Williams, Wilton Crawley and Boyd Senter.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway
Show Tunes in Jazz. This features those popular songs of the 1920s and early '30s that became jazz standards, and jazz that made its way to stage.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Mar 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1920s Chicago
It's the rough and tumble 1920s Chicago’s speakeasies. You had to have a password to gain entrance through a side door.

Bought by WDCB, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Tennessee Tooters
They called themselves the Tennessee Tooters and the Hottentots … along with other monikers. There was Red Nichols, cornet - Miff Mole, Trombone -...

Bought by KMUN and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Thomas Edison
In the early 20th century there was a recording war - a war of recording studios. There was Thomas Edison on one side. Then there was everybody els...

Bought by Radio New Zealand, WSLR, and KCBX


  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Milton Brown
“The Father of Western Swing” is the moniker tagged to Milton Brown. In 1932, he left the Light Crust Doughboy’s to form his own band: The Musical ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Mills Brothers
From winning an amateur contest at Piqua's May's Opera House in the 1920s to the rise of rock and roll in the early fifties and their number one hi...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ethel Waters
She was known for her terrific voice. Her ability to shift gears from playfully light to low down growl was unmatched. But Ethel Waters’ is also k...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Gene Kardos
The Gene Kardos Orchestra wasn't know for their hot jazz, but that's not what their bandleader/alto saxophonist had in mind when he brought his gro...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chicago Prohibition
By the mid 1920s, Chicago had become, not only a hot bed of jazz, but the home of a thriving bootleg business. Hundreds of speakeasy’s sprung up ov...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Aug 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Savoy Orpheans
To say that London was not known as a mecca for early jazz is an understatement, however, Britain adopted America’s music very quickly. The Savoy ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Annette Hanshaw
She was known as “The Personality Girl,” with a singing style that crossed over between sweet and hot jazz-influenced presentations. Annette Hansha...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
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They have no band. No backup. No room for error. In a barbershop quartet the only instrument is the vocal chords.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2010
  • Length: 06:14
Caption: Amanda Ratliff
This week we study great legends of the past—legendary performers, legendary recordings.

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 24, 2009
  • Length: 28:10
  • Purchases: 1
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The Grammy-nominated kings of Austin-American powerpop reemerge at SXSW '09 with a new batch of instant classics.

  • Added: Mar 25, 2009
  • Length: 55:36