The Birth of Bebop

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"By the early 1940s... a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggressive pursuit of instrumental virtuosity, and an increasingly adventurous harmonic language."—Scott Deveaux

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins -the pioneers of Bebop.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra. "Pickin the Cabbage" from Cab Calloway—The Chu & Dizzy Years (Hep) 3:23
  • Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra. "Little John Special" from Apollo Jump (Proper) 6:09
  • Host speaks 9:14
  • Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra. "Hot Mallets" from Swing Time: Vol. 027, Lionel Hampton Groups (1939) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 10:06
  • Host speaks 12:22
  • Jay McShann and his Orchestra. "Hootie Blues" from Bebop Story: Vol. 005, The Early Years Vol. 5—Charlie Parker (1940-42) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 12:59
  • Host speaks 15:51
  • Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra. "Woody'n You" from Rainbow Mist (Delmark) 18:04
  • Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra. "Disorder at the Border" from Rainbow Mist (Delmark) 21:02
  • Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra. "Rainbow Mist" from Rainbow Mist (Delmark) 23:58
  • Host speaks 26:53
  • Auld-Hawkins-Webster Sextet. "Salt Peanuts" from Rainbow Mist (Delmark) 27:26
  • Host speaks 30:20
  • Coleman Hawkins Quartet. "Flyin' Hawk" from Swing Time: Vol. 035, Coleman Hawkins (1944-45) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 31:35
  • Coleman Hawkins Quartet. "Drifting on a Reed" from Swing Time: Vol. 035, Coleman Hawkins (1944-45) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 34:23
  • Host speaks 37:25
  • Tiny Grimes Quintette. "Tiny's Tempo" from The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes (Savoy) 39:42
  • Host speaks 42:34
  • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. "Good Bait" from Bebop Story: Vol. 016, Dizzy Gillespie Vol. 1 (1945) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 43:21
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars. "Can't Get Started" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 46:19
  • Host speaks 49:22
  • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. "Dizzy Atmosphere" from Bebop Story: Vol. 011, Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Vol. 1 (1945) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 50:19
  • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. "Groovin' High" from Bebop Story: Vol. 011, Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Vol. 1 (1945) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 53:05
  • Host Outro 55:44


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