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Boppin’ in Beantown

A look at the late-1940s and early-1950s Boston jazz scene.

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MarianoThis week on Night Lights it’s jazz from the late-1940s/early-1950s Boston scene, featuring alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, pianist and arranger Nat Pierce, and baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. The Boston scene was a thriving one, enhanced in part by the presence of the Boston Conservatory of Music, which stood out for its acceptance of black musicians (Sam Rivers and Gigi Gryce were among the artists who studied there). We’ll hear selections from Charlie Mariano and the Boston All-Stars, Nat Pierce’s Boston Bustout, and Serge Chaloff’s Boston 1950, in addition to some sides from Chaloff’s collected works on the Mosaic label.

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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Bye Bye Blues
Charlie Mariano — Boston All Stars (Prestige, 1953)
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Boston Uncommon (Master A)
Charlie Mariano — Boston All Stars (Prestige, 1951)
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Mariners
Charlie Mariano — Boston All Stars (Prestige, 1951)
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The Wizard (Master A)
Charlie Mariano — Boston All Stars (Prestige, 1951)
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Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Charlie Mariano — Boston All Stars (Prestige, 1953)
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King for a Day
Nat Pierce — Boston Bust-Out (Hep, 1950)
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Oh You Crazy Moon
Nat Pierce — Boston Bust-Out (Hep, 1950)
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Indian Summer
Nat Pierce — Boston Bust-Out (Hep, 1950)

Notes: Break music

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Blue Serge
Serge Chaloff — We the People Bop (Cool n' Blue Records, 1946)
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King Edward the Flatted Fifth
Serge Chaloff — We the People Bop (Cool n' Blue Records, 1949)
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The Goof and I
Serge Chaloff — Boston 1950 (Uptown, 1950)
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Sherry
Serge Chaloff — Comp. Serge Chaloff (Mosaic, 1954)
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Slam
Serge Chaloff — Comp. Serge Chaloff (Mosaic, 1954)
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Body and Soul
Serge Chaloff — Comp. Serge Chaloff (Mosaic, 1955)
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