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Up In Harlem - The Bands (1924 - 1929)

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In the last hour, we explored the jazz of King Oliver's Chicago in the 1920s, and heard from The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, clarinetists Jimmy Noone and Johnny Dodds, pianists Earl Hines and Lovie Austin, cornetist Freddie Keppard and trumpeter Jabbo Smith.

Now we move to the other emerging center of the music, New York. While New York hosted small combos similar to Chicago, it also grew a number of significant larger groups and orchestras. We'll hear from orchestras led by Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, Don Redman and Henry "Red" Allen. Within these bands, we'll find some of the greatest soloists of the period—Bix Beiderbecke, Coleman Hawkins, Miff Mole, and Louis Armstrong, who spent a little more than a year in Harlem in 1924 and 1925.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra "Copenhagen" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 4:05
  • Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra "Shanghai Shuffle" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 011, Louis Armstrong (1924), Vol. 1 (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 6:55
  • Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra "Sugarfoot Stomp" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 011, Louis Armstrong (1924), Vol. 1 (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 9:43
  • Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra "The Stampede" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 12:45
  • Host speaks 15:46
  • Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra "Rhapsody In Blue" from I Got Rhythm: Disc 3 -Concert Hall (Smithsonian) 20:00
  • Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra "Changes" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 29:01
  • Host speaks 31:54
  • McKinney's Cotton Pickers "Cherry" from Put It There (Frog) 33:30
  • McKinney's Cotton Pickers "Save It, Pretty Mama" from Put It There (Frog) 36:53
  • McKinney's Cotton Pickers "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?" from Put It There (Frog) 39:34
  • Host speaks 42:59
  • Henry Allen, Jr and his New York Orchestra "Make a Country Bird Fly" from Henry "Red" Allen: 1929 -1933 (Classics) 45:10
  • Henry Allen, Jr and his New York Orchestra "Swing Out" from Henry "Red" Allen: 1929 -1933 (Classics) 48:35
  • Henry Allen, Jr and his New York Orchestra "Feeling Drowsy" from Henry "Red" Allen: 1929 -1933 (Classics) 51:50
  • Host Outro 55:24

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