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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.


39 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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 ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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

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

Bought by KMUW


  • 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...

Bought by KMUW


  • 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...

Bought by KMUW and KVSC


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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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