Jazz Crossroads of America
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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jazz Crossroads of America, a special four-part WFIU series, traces the evolution of 20th-century American jazz through a Midwestern microcosm, using the National Road—US 40, which traverses the state of Indiana from Richmond through Indianapolis to Terre Haute—as a metaphor not just for jazz in Indiana, but for the development of American jazz in general.

Friday nights at 10, starting September 7 on WFIU.

Stories From This Series

September 30, 2012

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A National Road Of Song: Indiana Singing Groups And Songwriters

How Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael helped write the Great American Songbook, and how two Indiana vocal groups helped influence the sound of modern pop.

September 27, 2012

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Indiana Avenue: Black Boulevard Of Jazz

Exploring the lost world of 20th century Indianapolis jazz and the ways in which its musical influence continues to reverberate throughout today's jazz scene.

September 17, 2012

Hoagy Carmichael

The Road To Stardust:Hoagy Carmichael And Bix Beiderbecke In 1924

How a college-town springtime in the Jazz Age Midwest paved the way for two legends in the making.

September 13, 2012

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Gennett Days: Hot Jazz From The Heartland

In the 1920s hot jazz swept Indiana's campuses—and a Richmond record label introduced the world to Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Hoagy Carmichael.

August 29, 2012

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Jazz Crossroads Of America: Indiana’s Musical Legacy

From ragtime to the rise of jazz education, the state of Indiana played a significant part in shaping the sound of modern jazz.

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