Bebop Pioneers in the 1950s (1949 - 1960)

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Bebop had its roots in the big bands of the late 1930s and was nurtured in jam sessions during the war and the musician's strike of the 1940s. By 1950, the prescient Coleman Hawkins, and the pioneers—Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Max Roach were well-established stars at risk of the music moving on and leaving them behind. Yet, they all had much more to offer in the 1950s.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Coleman Hawkins -Ben Webster Sextet. "La Rosita" from Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (Verve) 2:54
  • Coleman Hawkins Quintet. "Ooh-Wee, Miss GP!" from The Stanley Dance Sessions (Felsted) 7:55
  • Host speaks 11:50
  • Charlie Parker Quartet with Jimmy Carroll Orchestra. "Just Friends" from Charlie Parker with Strings (Verve) 13:22
  • Host speaks 16:51
  • Charlie Parker Quartet. "Now's The Time" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 18:05
  • Host speaks 21:05
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Africana" from Gillespiana (Verve) 23:58:
  • Host speaks 31:28
  • Bud Powell Trio. "Polkadots And Moonbeams" from Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Piano (Smithsonian) 33:53
  • Host speaks 37:51
  • The Quintet. "Perdido" from Jazz at Massey Hall (Debut) 39:50
  • Host speaks 47:42
  • Clifford Brown -Max Roach Quintet. "Jordu" from Clifford Brown and Max Roach (EmArCy) 49:09
  • li>Host Outro 56:50

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