Up In Harlem - Stride (1921 - 1939)


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In the last hour, we listened to several of the bands associated with New York, with an emphasis on the new large ensemble form, the jazz orchestra. In this hour we'll stick with New York, but focus in on the piano music of Harlem—"Stride." We are joined in this hour by Art Wheeler, pianist, producer, composer and educator.

In his History of Jazz, Ted Gioia writes, "It is not going too far to suggest that piano was to Harlem what brass bands had been to New Orleans."


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • James P. Johnson "Carolina Shout" from Carolina Shout (Biograph) 3:40
  • Host speaks 7:35
  • James P. Johnson "Carolina Shout" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 10:44
  • James P. Johnson "Snowy Morning Blues" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 13:24
  • Host speaks 16:10
  • James P. Johnson "You've Got to Be Modernistic" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 17:05
  • James P. Johnson "The Mule Walk" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 20:16
  • Host speaks 22:41
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Passionette" from 1938-1940 (Classics) 24:50
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Finger Buster" from 1938-1940 (Classics) 27:32
  • Host speaks 30:34
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Echoes of Spring" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 31:25
  • Host speaks 34:46
  • Fats Waller "Numb Fumblin'" from The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys (JSP) 35:54
  • Fats Waller "African Ripples" from Fats Waller: 1934 -1935 (Classics) 38:48
  • Fats Waller "Alligator Crawl" from Fats Waller: 1934 -1935 (Classics) 41:54
  • Fats Waller "Handful of Keys" from The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys (JSP) 44:37
  • Host speaks 47:25
  • Art Tatum "Tea For Two" from Swing Time: Vol. 053, Art Tatum (1937-41) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 50:01
  • Art Tatum "Star Dust" from Art Tatum: 1932 -1934 (Classics) 52:35
  • Art Tatum "Tiger Rag" from Masters Of Jazz (Storyville) 55:49
  • Host speaks 58:00

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