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In 1943, Duke Ellington debuted a landmark 43-minute musical portrayal of the African-American experience at Carnegie Hall. We'll hear music from i...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:02
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Herbie Nichols died in obscurity in 1963, but over the past two decades his luminous compositions have made him a celebrated figure in modern jazz....

  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
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Ellington kept his orchestra together in a changing economic landscape, continuing to create memorable music and expanding his compositional horizons.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Hip Hop Future" - "Straight Outta Compton" turns 30 this year and hip hop has more influence than ever. What will it change next? HOUR...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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A program about Louis Armstrong’s mid-career years, in which he led the small-group All-Stars, scored chart hits with pop ballads, and became a Col...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This show is part II of our Juneteenth Series focusing African-American music and venues in North Tulsa from the 40's through the 60's. We intervi...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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Recordings that saxophonist John Coltrane made with Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy, and the rhythm section of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jo...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Archie Shepp: I  Hear the Sound, Credit: Created by WOZNIAK
Archie Shepp shares his musical biography—and his thoughts about the legacy of African-American music.

Bought by KMUW, WMUU-LP, WNJR, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Mar 02, 2016
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: marian-anderson-the-lincoln-memorial-concert-1939, Credit: courtesy of national film preservation foundation
Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30 minute concert that helped move a nation forward.

Bought by KPIP-LP, WABE, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Associate professor Patrick Burke reveals how musicians in the 1960s, including the rock band the Godz, resisted predetermined categories and simpl...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2013
  • Length: 14:00
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Afrika Bambaataa's vinyl archive was on display for one month in New York City.

Bought by KALW and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 22, 2013
  • Length: 12:04
  • Purchases: 2
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How the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane were tied to the struggle for racial e...

Bought by Prairie Public, KHSU, WRIR, WVAS, WEMU and more


  • Added: Aug 19, 2013
  • Length: 53:51
  • Purchases: 13
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The fourth and final installment of the Jazz Crossroads of America series. In the 1960s universities began to establish jazz education programs, an...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WPTC


  • Added: Oct 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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The official radio companion to the MARLEY documentary film in theatres and homes on April 20, 2012.

Bought by WNMU-FM, KMUW, WCPN, KVNF, WSLR and more


  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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A recent classical music piece was inspired by the poetry written by children in Birmingham, AL, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio, KRPS, WNMU-FM, and 90.5 WSNC


  • Added: Dec 05, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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"Well, growing up in Detroit I was exposed to a lot of different music, a lot of different cultures at a very young age without ever having to leav...

Bought by Delmarva Public Radio, KREV-LP, WCSU-FM, 90.5 WSNC, WNCU and more


  • Added: Jun 13, 2011
  • Length: 07:23
  • Purchases: 6
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Some lovely pieces of music and some not-so-lovely pieces of history.

  • Added: Feb 24, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
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A tribute to the legacy and influence of the 1930’s band, the Mississippi Sheiks.

Bought by KPSQ-LP, KALH, KPVL, KEOS, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 16, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Ninety-four year-old Blues legend recalls his almost thirty years as a boxcar hobo and gambler.

Bought by XRAY.fm and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 18, 2009
  • Length: 10:02
  • Purchases: 2
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One-hour special delves into the history and music of songwriting and singing team Ashford & Simpson.

Bought by KPIP-LP, WSGE, WCSU-FM, WEAA, WFIU and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
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One-hour special explores the creation and impact of Miles Davis' album "Kind Of Blue."

Bought by WGUC/ WVXU, KSKA, WDET Detroit Public Radio, KPIP-LP, KHNS and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 40
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The story of "Amazing Grace"- a piece of music that has an extraordinary impact on American history.

Bought by Prairie Public, Radio New Zealand, 90.5 WSNC, North Country Public Radio, WRVO Public Media and more


  • Added: Dec 04, 2008
  • Length: 50:34
  • Purchases: 6
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Part 3 of 3 focuses on changes to the face of black American entertainment in the early 20th century and what that can tell us about contemporary t...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio and NPR Station Showcase with PRX


  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: 18:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Part 2 of 3 focuses on how early African American recordings planted the seeds for several uniquely American music styles and for social equality.

Bought by Marfa Public Radio and NPR Station Showcase with PRX


  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: 18:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Part 1 of 3 focuses on the techniques and content of the very earliest commercial recordings.

Bought by PRX Remix, Marfa Public Radio, and NPR Station Showcase with PRX


  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: 12:27
  • Purchases: 3