Episode Archive

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Copland’s Jesse James

Crazy with the Blues

History’s full of musicians claiming to have made deals with the devil. But only one claimed to have married into one.

Tell Tchaikowsky to Move!

That riff can only mean one thing…you’re listening to Chuck Berry…and you’re on the Sound Beat. Okay, two things.

Django!

One of the most influential guitarists in jazz, and indeed all of music history.

Groovin’ High

Groovin' on the Beat...

Now and Forever

You’re listening to Artie Wayne with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra and…   You’re on the Sound Beat.   While Howard Hughes’ aviation career ...

The Legend of Wyatt Earp

Famed lawman Wyatt Earp has been the subject of nearly a dozen movies, but his role as on-set advisor for westerns would have a ...

Mal Reggendo

Il Travatore remains one of Guiseppe Verdi’s most popular operas, but it almost had a different name. Two, actually.

Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

From Coast Coast, from every state in the Union…it’s Groucho Marx and…

Sweet Georgia Brown

Try to go all the way through this one without whistling.
"Gilded Kinetoscope" Image courtesy of kara brugman via Flickr

The Black Maria

The first copyrighted film was not a comedy, a thriller, but a…(ahem)...bodily function

The Birth of Bebop

Coleman Hawkins got it in him one day to stray from the jazz norm, and he opened the door for a new style of ...