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Gennett Days: Hot Jazz from the Heartland

From: WFIU
Series: Night Lights Classic Jazz
Length: 59:01

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Episode 1 of “Jazz Crossroads of America,” a special four-part series on the history of Indiana jazz. King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jelly Roll Morton are some of the featured performers in this program, which also includes interviews with jazz historians Rick Kennedy, Duncan Schiedt, and Richard Sudhalter.

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A Richmond, Indiana record label that was a sideline business for a piano factory gave birth to some of the founding records of jazz history. Louis Armstrong , Jelly Roll Morton , and Bix Beiderbecke were not yet legends when they came to the Gennett studios in the 1920s, but the music they played there would send them on their way. It’s the place where Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” was first recorded, as Carmichael and other young musicians who’d flourished on Indiana’s popular collegiate-jazz scene drove to Richmond to make their first records.

Gennett chronicler Rick Kennedy , Indiana historian James Madison , and jazz writer Duncan Schiedt join us for the program, which also includes an archival interview with the late jazz critic Richard Sudhalter .

“Jazz Crossroads of America” was written, produced, and hosted by David Brent Johnson, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, bringing the arts to all Americans.

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A Richmond, Indiana record label that was a sideline business for a piano factory gave birth to some of the founding records of jazz history. Louis Armstrong , Jelly Roll Morton , and Bix Beiderbecke were not yet legends when they came to the Gennett studios in the 1920s, but the music they played there would send them on their way. It’s the place where Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” was first recorded, as Carmichael and other young musicians who’d flourished on Indiana’s popular collegiate-jazz scene drove to Richmond to make their first records.

Gennett chronicler Rick Kennedy , Indiana historian James Madison , and jazz writer Duncan Schiedt join us for the program, which also includes an archival interview with the late jazz critic Richard Sudhalter .

“Jazz Crossroads of America” was written, produced, and hosted by David Brent Johnson, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, bringing the arts to all Americans.

Timing and Cues

Total Program Length: 59:00
00:00 Segment 1: Program Intro
Incue: Theme Music

01:00 Segment 2: Optional Cutaway for News

06:00 Segment 3: Program Part 1
Outcue: “… on Night Lights.”

33:07 Segment 4: MIDPOINT BREAK (1:00 music bed)

34:07 Segment 5: Program Part 2

59:00 End Program

Related Website

http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/jazz-crossroads-america/