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February 17, 2016

 

Cover of Freddie Redd's Shades Of Redd LP.

Ready For Freddie Redd

At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.

February 7, 2016

 

Photo of baseball player Jackie Robinson

Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

February 1, 2016

 

LP cover of Eddie Harris' Exodus To Jazz

The Vee Jay Jazz Story

In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.

January 26, 2016

 

Cover of Hod O'Brien's Have Piano Will Swing

A Portrait Of Hod O’Brien

The musical times and tales of jazz-piano veteran Hod O'Brien.

January 10, 2016

 

The LP cover for pianist Elmo Hope's Meditations

Hope Lives: A Portrait Of Elmo Hope

Exploring the life and music of an unheralded pianist and composer from the hardbop era.

January 6, 2016

 

A photo of 1940s jazz hipster figure Harry Gibson.

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.

January 4, 2016

 

CD covers from the first batch of Xanadu reissues.

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.

January 3, 2016

 

Bee Hive Mosaic Records set

Boppin’ On Bee Hive

Bee Hive annotator Aaron Cohen joins us to discuss the legacy of a 1970s/early 80s Chicago record label that spotlighted veteran bebop and hardbop artists.

November 16, 2015

 

The LP cover of Duke Ellington's

1962: Cool In Crisis

A saxophone giant returned to the scene and a swing-era icon toured the Soviet Union. Bossa nova was on the rise, and so was the avant-garde.

November 11, 2015

 

Cover of Richard Vacca's Boston Jazz Chronicles book.

Jazz From Storyville

Throughout the 1950s jazz promoter George Wein ran a Boston nightclub that showcased some of the music’s most notable performers.

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