Jazz from Detroit!

Interview with Mark Stryker


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Jazz on the Tube interviews Mark Stryker, author of the book “Jazz from Detroit.”

I put an exclamation point on this one.

Why?

Because if you don’t know the Detroit jazz story, it’s going to shock you.

But don’t take it from me…

“There is no other city like Detroit: the musicians, the vibe, the people.” – Sonny Rollins

“No city has meant more to American musical culture than Detroit.” – Pat Metheny

You want names?

How about Donald Byrd, Wardell Gray, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Howard McGhee, Major Holley, Gerald Wilson, Alice Coltrane, Al McKibbon, Billy Mitchell, Geri Allen, Lucky Thompson, and Kenny Burrell.

And that’s the short list from just one Detroit high school.

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– Ken McCarthy
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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

St. Louis – City of Gabriels

Interview with Dennis Owsley


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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tune talks with author and veteran jazz DJ Dennis Owsley about this favorite subject: The great jazz city of St. Louis.


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Playlist

1. Tom Turpin – St. Louis Rag (1903) – (00:00)
2. Charles Creath – Buttefinger Blues (1927) – (02:50)
3. Frank Trumbauer – Trumbology (1927) – (05:50)
4. Jimmy Forest – Night Train (1952) – (08:52)
5. Miles Davis – If I Were a Bell (1956) – (11:51)
6. Clark Terry – Undecided (1959) – (20:00)
7. Grant Green – Idle Moments (1963) – (23:14)
8. Charles “Bobo” Shaw/Joseph Bowie/Luther Thomas – Sequence (1979) – (38:06)
9. Hamiet Bluiett – Oasis (1981) – (40:34)
10. Lester Bowie – I Only Have Eyes for You (1985) – (46:14)
11. John Hicks – After the Morning (1985) – (54:10)
12. Greg Osby – Please Stand By (2008) – (01:04:00)
13. Oliver Lake – Spirit (2010) – (01:12:12)
14. Human Arts Ensemble – Under the Sun (1976) – (01:18:29)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

The Boston Chronicles – Richard Vacca

Interview with Richard Vacca


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Looking for a great vacation where you can dig a lot of jazz?

How about New York, New Orleans, Chicago…or Boston.

Boston?

Yes, Boston.

A thriving local scene with deep historical roots, amazing schools (Berklee and New England Conservatory of Music), plus the “Boston-New York Pipeline.” Richard Vacca takes us by the hand and explains all.

For more info on the Boston scene and its singular history plus a great blog and info about guided tours visit Vacca’s TroyStreet.com website.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Remembering Eddie Durham with Topsy Durham

Recollections with Eddie’s daughter Topsy


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Jazz on the Tube is declaring 2020 the “Year of Eddie Durham.”

If you don’t know Eddie Durham (1906-1987), buckle your seat belts. He’s one the the secret sources of the music we call jazz.

Take Eddie out of the equation and a whole lot of things that made jazz jazz would never have happened.

He’s easily one of the most important musicians in the history of jazz and therefore one of the most important musicians in the history of American music.

Whose careers were nourished by Eddie Durham’s genius?

How about these for starters?

The Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Glenn Miller – and this is just the short list!

Click here to go to the Eddie Durham tribute site

Music referenced in this interview


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1. Moten’s Swing (1933) – (00:00)
2. Hittin’ the Bottle (1935) – (03:24)
3. Topsy (1937) – (06:24)
4. Good Morning Blues (1937) – (09:38)
5. Swinging the Blues (1938) – (12:26)
6. Countless Blues (1938) – (15:10)
7. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1938 – two takes) – (18:07)
8. Jumpin’ at the Woodside (1939) – (24:09)
9. In the Mood (1939) – (27:18)

Documentary about Eddie Durham by the Center for Texas Music History

– Ken McCarthy
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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Jazz secrets revealed


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Some essential gems of jazz history hidden in an obscure book I came across about about jazz in Kansas City

The book is built around dozens of great musicians who lived through its Golden Age telling the story…in their own words.

Some of the diamonds I uncovered:

* The essential differences between New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City-style jazz

* The very real trouble Lester Young had holding down a job and how Eddie Durham wrote arrangements specifically to make him and his unique tone employable

* What young Count Basie was like and why the extent of his genius is not fully appreciated

* A vivid picture of what a musical paradise Kansas City was in its prime and why it might have been THE most musician-friendly city in all of human history!

* The seldom-mentioned musical influences that produced a generation of master musicians in America’s Southwest – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri – that fed Kansas City’s musical scene.

* A finely detailed description of exactly how Charlie Parker worked out his harmonic concept and two little-known musicians who coached him through the process.

* The extraordinary musical life of Mary Lou Williams from her teenage years on the road, to thriving in Kansas City, to mentoring young musicians like Thelonious Mon, Bud Powell and others and helping them work out their some of their classic compositions.

* A cogent argument for the case that Kansas City was where MODERN jazz was born.

Click here for music referenced in this reading

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Ornette’s boyhood career


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Within months of picking up the saxophone, Ornette was a working musicians in some of the scariest dives in Fort Worth, bringing home much needed money for his family whose father, a baseball player and singer, died when Ornette was seven.

We talk about this and other topics and read from A.B. Spellman’s classic: “Four Lives in the Bebop Business”

Erratum:  Spellman refers to Melvin Lastie as “Melvin Lassister, a clarinetist.” It’s possible Melvin also played the clarinet, but he was most known for his trumpet playing.

The Lastie clan is one of the great New Orleans musical families and includes Herman Riley and the Andrews clan (James, Troy and Glenn) in their extended family. Frank Lastie introduced gospel drums to the Spiritual Church. and played with Louis Armstrong in the Waif’s Home Band. The family was very important in the Spiritual Church.

Others episodes from “Ornette: Deep from the Heart of Texas” here:

Part One: Ornette: Deep from the Heart of Texas – Conversation with Dave Oliphant

Part Two: Ornette in Amarillo

– Ken McCarthy
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