Guy Rathbun

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Recent Pieces from Guy Rathbun

Caption: James P. Johnson

All in Stride (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Master and pupil, James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller. James P. created stride. He and Fats popularized it. Their work in the 1920s influenced Duke Ellington, Count ...
Caption: Jacket cover

Objects That Remain (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Just over 30-years ago, Laura Levitt was brutally raped. At the time, she was close to completing her graduate work in religion and Jewish studies. The scars that result from ...
Caption: Henry "Red" Allen

The Son of Algiers (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Although the isn’t as well known today, Red Allen was favorably compared with Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and ‘30s. He managed to perform with some of the best band of the ...
Caption: Book cover, Credit: Jacket design Danielle Allyssa

Covid-19 (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

In March of 2020, after months of downplaying of COVID by officials, the death rate could no longer be ignored. By late fall, as many Americans were unwilling to follow ...
Caption: Cotton Club

New Years Night in Harlem (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

By the mid 1920s, Harlem had completed its renaissance in art and literature. Now it was time for the music to complete the circle. At its height, the city was a Mecca for ...
Caption: Arthur Lieber

Forgotten People (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

It wasn’t that long ago that the Democratic party was primarily made up of blue collar workers. That has flipped in the last few years, especially those in the rust belt ...
Caption: 1920s Christmas

A McKenzie Christmas (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Secular Christmas music had been around for decades before jazz began to incorporate the season into their music. When they finally did in the mid 1920s, as you can imagine, ...
Caption: Wolfgang Mac

Parallels in Autocracy (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Imagine spending your youth witnessing to the rise of Nazi Germany under Hitler’s dictatorship. You’re watching your country fall into the hands of an autocrat and bully. ...
Caption: Louis Prima

A Big Band Parade (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

In the transition from traditional jazz in the late 1920s and the emergence of the Swing Era of the 1930s … the big bands managed to hold on to their earlier roots. During ...