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Teddy Charles: The Early Avant-Garde

We'll hear selections from Charles' albums New Directions and Collaboration: West, and more.

In the early 1950s vibraphonist Teddy Charles made a series of records with Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, and others, that still escapes easy definition today–was it Third Stream? Was it West Coast? Was it cool jazz?

We’ll hear selections from his albums New Directions and Collaboration: West, as well as his 1956 Atlantic LP The Tentet, and appearances as a sideman with Wardell Gray and Miles Davis.

For more information about Teddy Charles, see Noal Cohen’s online Coda article. Also check out Jazzwax blogger Marc Myers’ interview with Charles about this period.

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