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Jazz at 100

Series produced by WTJU

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"Jazz at 100” is that story – one hundred years of jazz recordings – in 100 one-hour programs that will present representative music from a century of recorded jazz history

In early 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording. Over the next 100 years we have heard transcendent leaps of creativity and staggering virtuosity; we have experienced the music of crushing pain, breathless romance, anger, exhilaration and humor. “Jazz at 100” is that story – one hundred years of jazz recordings – in 100 one-hour programs that will present representative music from a century of recorded jazz history. The series will explore the broad sweep of that narrative; its representative and its idiosyncratic players; its durable movements and dead ends; its popular recordings and rarities.


30 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Most of the pioneering bebop musicians we have featured in the past several programs were centered in New York – Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Bud Powell, Col...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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In the past several hours of Jazz at 100, we have featured the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, ...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1940, Minton's Playhouse on West 118th Street hired drummer Kenny Clarke as a bandleader. For the house band, Clarke hired trumpeter Joe Guy, ba...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Mentored by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell became the first great piano innovator of bebop. “It would be hard to overstate Powell’s impact. His ingeni...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Dizzy Gillespie grew up professionally playing in the big bands of Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine and writing for Woody He...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Emerging from the Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City and relentlessly curious about how to play the new music he heard in his head, Charlie Par...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Some of the same forces that launched Bebop as a break from Big Band Swing, also fueled the birth of Rhythm and Blues – the rise of independent lab...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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“By the early 1940s … a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggres...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Although Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Woody Herman soldiered on, mostly keeping bands on the road into the 1970s (Ellington) and 1980s (Basie an...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the very dance-oriented swinging music of the Big Bands was the most popular music around. Never had jazz been m...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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In the last hour we heard from prominent Swing Era soloists Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, featured in small group settin...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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While the jazz of the thirties was predominantly remembered as coming from orchestras and big bands, seminal soloists continued to record memorable...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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By far the most commercially successful of the stride pianists, he made his reputation (and his living) through comedy. “He wasn’t witty, if that w...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Jazz has often been understood through the lens of the conflict between art and commerce. In the 1930s, several artists successfully blurred these ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Billie Holiday began recording at 18 years old in 1933 in a session with Bennie Goodman and was musically active until her death at 44 in 1959. Ell...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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In the mid-1930s, jazz orchestras led by drummer Chick Webb and clarinetist Benny Goodman rose to prominence with the arrangements of Edgar Sampson...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:06
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In the last hour, we heard Count Basie emerge as an exciting new voice from Kansas City. In this hour, we return to New York to follow Duke Ellingt...

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  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In the eleventh hour of Jazz at 100, we followed Count Basie through the Benny Moten Band in Kansas City and heard his first recordings as a leader...

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  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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We have to remember that the clarinet dominated the reeds throughout the 1920s. Sidney Bechet made a stand with the soprano sax and Frankie Trumbau...

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  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:55
  • Purchases: 1
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In this hour, we’ll explore the early jazz of Kansas City and the Territory Bands.

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1