Jam sessions, bebop, r and b, big bands, visits from Hollywood celebrities--as the center of African-American culture in L.A., Central Avenue had it all.
How a 1950s British jazz star ended up as a West Coast leader and sideman, playing with Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and others.
The 1958 movie I Want to Live! employed a jazz soundtrack written by Johnny Mandel and performed by such jazz stalwarts as Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank and more.
Exploring a musical cornerstone of the 1950s West Coast jazz movement.
This 1960 movie is the only film adaptation of a Jack Kerouac novel to date, employing a jazz score and Gerry Mulligan as a hip, saxophone-playing priest.
Peter Gunn was a hit TV crime show with jazz at its center, with Craig Stevens as the stylish, jazz-loving private detective title character.
We conclude our summer tour of the Decca Jazz Studio series with the fifth and sixth (and final) volumes.
We'll hear selections from Charles' albums New Directions and Collaboration: West, and more.
We'll hear two more entries in Decca's mid-1950s Jazz Studio series.