The birthplace(s) of jazz

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You know the narrative…

“Jazz started in New Orleans and traveled to Chicago and Kansas City and New York.”

Historians are starting to come to a more sophisticated – and exciting – view of the music’s origins.

In this program we look at the unheralded role San Francisco … Read more

The Hero’s Fall I Fell For – Poems by Dave Oliphant

Mr. Oliphant has a special musical gift for all buyers of the book. If you order the book, please save and send Mr. Oliphant a copy of your electronic receipt with a copy of your physical mailing address via email and he will mail it to you. You can reach him here: dave_oliphant AT yahoo DOT com

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Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Saxophonist Wardell Gray

Interview with Abraham Ravett

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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tube interviews filmmaker Abraham Ravett about his film “Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Tenor Saxophonist Wardell Gray.”

Tenor saxophone giant Wardell Gray was born February 13, 1921, in Oklahoma City. OK. He was a graduate of the Cass Technical High School, a Detroit school that also lists … Read more

Vic Hobson and the roots of Louis Armstrong’s music

Interview with Vic Hobson

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Louis Armstrong was a genius – no doubt about that.

But there’s no such thing as a genius in a vacuum.

For some strange reason, the culture and community that gave birth to Louis Armstrong is given short shrift in accounts of his life and art.

In his autobiography and in interviews, … Read more

Interview with Dave Oliphant about Texan Jazz

Interview with Dave Oliphant

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The music at the end this interview is “I’m an Old Cow Hand” composed by Johnny Mercer and recorded by Fairfield,Texas-born (1924) Kenny Durham on January 10, 1960. For a unique “discography” of Durham’s work, see Oliphant’s biography-poem KD: A Jazz Biography


Books by Dave Oliphant

Book: Texan Jazz


Book: Jazz Mavericks

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