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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.


48 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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In the wake of Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins came a wave of players eager to experiment further within the broadening definition ...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In his book Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965, David Rosenthal outlines a group of musicians within the hard bop idiom that he identifies as...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Songs from what came to be known as the Great American Songbook, have been part of jazz perhaps since The Original Dixieland Jazz Band began record...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In July 2, 1944, Norman Granz, a jazz fan and small-time LA promoter staged a concert in the Philharmonic Auditorium with $300 of borrowed money. H...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In the last hour, we heard from Thelonious Monk, Elmo Hope and Herbie Nichols – three closely associated New York pianists in the 1950s. In this ho...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The 1950s were a very productive decade for Thelonious Monk, perhaps his most productive as a composer. During the fifties his reputation and impac...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Because it acted as a safe harbor for the New Orleans diaspora of the teens and twenties, Chicago played a key role in early jazz. By the 1950s, mu...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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“Musicians of a gentler, more lyrical bent … found in hard bop a more congenial climate than bebop had offered: for instance, trumpeter Art Farmer,...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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In 1956, with Horace Silver’s departure, Art Blakey inherited the Jazz Messengers. Over the next five years, the Jazz Messengers took part in recor...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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While the “Cool School” was emerging on the West Coast from its roots in Bix and Pres as codified by Miles in “The Birth of the Cool” sessions of 1...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:56
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In the last hour, we heard evidence of Woody Herman’s capacity for talent development in the form of further work by reed players Stan Getz, Serge ...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Bandleader Woody Herman created a distinctive sound around The Four Brothers - the three tenor plus baritone sax front line of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Bebop had its roots in the big bands of the late 1930s and was nurtured in jam sessions during the war and the musician’s strike of the 1940s. By 1...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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Tenorist Paul Gonzalvez electrified the crowd with 27 blues choruses on "Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue" with Duke Ellington at Newport 1...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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The torrid pace of bebop improvisations reached a point in the late 1940s that prompted a musical reconsideration and Miles Davis was there at the ...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Pianist Lennie Tristano was a very visible participant in the modern jazz innovations of the mid-1940s through the early 1950s, winning polls and p...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In the 1940’s, some twenty-five to thirty years into the history of recorded jazz, the sometimes violent reaction against the bebop revolution caus...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Duke Ellington was the well-spring that flowed through many decades of jazz. In 1938, Ellington found his soul-mate in composer/arranger Billy Stra...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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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, ...

Bought by Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1