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Porgy and Bess: the 1950s Jazz Revival

From: WFIU
Series: Night Lights Classic Jazz
Length: 59:00

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one-hour program of classic jazz focusing on 1950s jazz interpretations of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"

40_small George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess met with only middling success when it debuted in 1935, but stagings in the 1940s and 1950s ensured its place in musical history. With Hollywood poised to make a motion picture of the opera in the late 1950s, a number of musicians recorded jazz interpretations of the score, ranging from an ambitious Bethlehem record label project to a small-group version by guitarist Mundell Lowe. We'll hear from those artists as well as Miles Davis and Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, and Bill Potts on this edition of Night Lights; "Porgy and Bess: the 1950s Jazz Revival." Night Lights is available as a weekly series, contact cboyce@indiana.edu for subscription and carriage information. Producer David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and archived programs can be found at: http://nightlights.blogs.wfiu.org

Piece Description

George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess met with only middling success when it debuted in 1935, but stagings in the 1940s and 1950s ensured its place in musical history. With Hollywood poised to make a motion picture of the opera in the late 1950s, a number of musicians recorded jazz interpretations of the score, ranging from an ambitious Bethlehem record label project to a small-group version by guitarist Mundell Lowe. We'll hear from those artists as well as Miles Davis and Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, and Bill Potts on this edition of Night Lights; "Porgy and Bess: the 1950s Jazz Revival." Night Lights is available as a weekly series, contact cboyce@indiana.edu for subscription and carriage information. Producer David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and archived programs can be found at: http://nightlights.blogs.wfiu.org

Transcript

playlist: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wfiu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&playlistID=80796&eventID=27333
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Related Website

http://nightlights.blogs.wfiu.org/2006/07/22/porgy-bess-the-1950s-jazz-revival/