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The Jazz Image Special Edition

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Image by: Andrea Canter 
Leigh Kamman 

Minnesota jazz broadcasting legend Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.

During his 60 years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. In the early years, these were recorded on magnetic tape. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.
Steve Wiese, the brilliant recording engineer behind Creation Audio, used his expertise to transfer material from aging and deteriorating reel-to-reel tapes, "baking" them to keep them in tact and repairing countless old splices that kept breaking during playback. Steve Blons, local jazz guitarist and former co-producer of the KBEM-FM series Jazz and the Spirit, selected and edited the interviews for broadcast, recorded new conversations with Leigh Kamman, and produced the series. Leigh provided the anecdotes and recollections. His daughter Kathy Vye helped Leigh sort through his collection and watched over everything, especially over Leigh himself. This work of restoration, archiving and cataloging Leigh Kamman's interviews, as well as the production of this new broadcast series, was made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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During his 60 years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. In the early years, these were recorded on magnetic tape. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.
Steve Wiese, the brilliant recording engineer behind Creation Audio, used his expertise to transfer material from aging and deteriorating reel-to-reel tapes, "baking" them to keep them in tact and repairing... Show full description


13 Pieces

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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Birdland booked many great big bands, where they made their mark. Leigh Kamman called Stan Kenton at Birdland for an interview.

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
At the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dizzy Gillespie and Leigh discuss a series of photographs from Dizzy's life.

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:03
  • Purchases: 1
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In the fall of 1965, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Leigh Kamman moderated a meeting of two great jazz pianists.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Sarah Vaughan is a coy subject. Leigh has some fun interviewing her.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 05:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Erroll Garner got his start by playing every night at The Embers on the west side of New York City. Leigh talks to Erroll about his influences and ...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2014
  • Length: 04:52
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Louis Armstrong talks to Leigh about his trip to Germany.

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  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
When Jon Hendricks landed in New York City, he was told that Leigh Kamman was the man to meet.

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  • Added: May 14, 2014
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Leigh catches up with Lionel Hampton at the Apollo Theater, and asks him about some of the younger players in his band, including a young horn play...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:57
  • Purchases: 1
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Leigh talks with Tony Bennett early in his career when he was opening at the famed Copacabana. Who introduced Tony to his signature song? Listen an...

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  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 04:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
As a young high school student, Leigh interviewed Duke Ellington for his school newspaper. Later, as a professional broadcaster, Leigh asks the Duk...

Bought by KUMD and KSRQ


  • Added: Apr 21, 2014
  • Length: 05:12
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Join Leigh for a delightful 5 minute conversation with jazz bassist, cellist and composer Oscar Pettiford..."a man from an imposing musical family...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Join Leigh Kamman from the studios of WOV Radio with a remote broadcast at The Palm Cafe in New York (a few doors down from the Apollo Theatre) for...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2014
  • Length: 05:09
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Legendary jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman interviewed many jazz luminaries over the years. On this episode, Leigh talks with Count Basie backstage at...

Bought by KUMD and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 2