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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 music. Hawkins played tenor sax, which wasn’t really recognized as a jazz instrument until he helped make it one. Body and Soul, heard here from 1939, signaled a stylistic change in jazz; ...

April 12, 2021
Tricks of the Trade

Chances are you think of Houdini as the Father of Modern Magic…and you’re only one letter off.

April 9, 2021
The Black Maria

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

April 8, 2021
Rainy Night in G

Most kids take their piano lessons at school, or at a neighbor’s house. But Hazel Scott was always a bit above “chopsticks”.

April 7, 2021
Mascaras Alegres

Couples sway to the music, hand in hand, step matched for measured step. But we’re not in Austria, or Vienna…we’re in Ponce, Puerto Rico

April 6, 2021
Allegheny Moon

You’re listening to the Lennon Sisters from 1956 and…

April 5, 2021
Frankie And Johnny

Love, Loss and Cold-blooded killers…It’s Murder Ballad week.

April 2, 2021
Sousa’s “El Capitan”

Everyone knows John Philip Sousa for his marches. And, okay, so….yes, this is a march too, but so much more.

April 1, 2021
Atomic Cocktail

Up and Atom! It’s the Music of the Atomic Age, and…

April 1, 2021
Dancing in the Dark

Artie Shaw sure knew how to surround himself with the right crowd.

March 31, 2021