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New Orleans Rhythm Kings

The New Orleans Rhythm Kings were one of the hottest jazz bands of the early 1920s, and a strong influence on many later musicians, including Bix Beiderbecke, Muggsy Spanier, Mezz Mezzrow, and Benny Goodman. Best known for their 1923 integrated recording session with Jelly Roll Morton, the NORK’s smooth, swinging style signaled a departure from the raucous novelty sound of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and its imitators. Another hallmark of the band was its emphasis on solo performances, while traditional New Orleans jazz was still heavily dependent on ensemble playing. The solos of Leon Roppolo on clarinet and George Brunies on trombone are still considered classic, and have often been copied on other bands’ recordings. Following the success of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Tom Brown’s Band in New York and Chicago, savvy club owners were eager to get their own New Orleans bands

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March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials

Read "March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We've got a nice slug of celebrants to honor in addition to our 'centennialins.' Our best wishes go out to Bill Frisell (playing here with Andrew Cyrille and Wadada Leo Smith), Joe Locke, Charles Lloyd, and Roy Haynes (backing Sarah Vaughan). A very special shout out to Jessica Williams! Enjoy the show! Playlist Joe ...

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Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)

Read "Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the last hour we listened to the music of the first great jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, the only soloist in early jazz to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong. In addition to Joe “King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Chicago scene bristled with black and white bands, initially ...

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New Orleans Diaspora - Jelly Roll Morton & Sidney Bechet (1923 - 1928)

Read "New Orleans Diaspora - Jelly Roll Morton & Sidney Bechet (1923 - 1928)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In this hour, we'll explore the music of two more giants of the New Orleans diaspora, pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, who left Louisiana in 1908 and clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet, who hit the road in 1916. In the complex racial landscape of New Orleans, both Jelly Roll Morton, born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, ...

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Tribute to Gennett Records This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Tribute to Gennett Records This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Riverwalk Jazz this week pays tribute to the Gennett recording studio in Richmond, Indiana, one of the pioneering documentors of early jazz. The show features musical guests Duke Heitger, Dick Hyman and Nicholas Payton, among others. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM sattelite radio and can be streamed on- ...

Steve Brown: Atlas Slapped

Read "Steve Brown: Atlas Slapped" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

The word bass means bottom. It means support. That's the prime requisite of a bassist, support. Architecturally, it has to be the lowest part of the building, and it has to be strong, or the building will not stand. Musically, it is the lowest human voice. It is the lowest musical voice in the orchestra. It's ...

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"Chicago's Jazz Age Melting Pot" this week on Riverwalk Jazz

"Chicago's Jazz Age Melting Pot" this week on Riverwalk Jazz

Recalling the heady atmosphere of the great musical “melting pot" in Jazz Age Chicago, with a script based on historical and biographical written accounts and recordings, Riverwalk Jazz this week welcomes two frequent guests from New Orleans—the Obie award-winning actor and singer Vernel Bagneris and renowned blues singer Topsy Chapman—plus pianist Shelly Berg. By the 1920s, ...

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Ben Pollack on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Ben Pollack on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Jim Cullum Jazz Band drummer Hal Smith joins host David Holt to talk about Ben Pollack's often overlooked contribution to jazz. The show is heard on public radio stations nationwide, distributed by Public Radio International, and can also be heard on XM/Sirius sattelite radio and streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz ...

Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity

Read "Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity" reviewed by Nathan Holaway

“Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been."--George Eliot The world will never be able to hear exactly how Beethoven or Bach played their instruments, but it can hear how artists such as clarinetist Wilbur Sweatman and clarinetist and ...

1922-1925 The Complete Set

Label: Izuma Records
Released: 2005


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