July 3 – July 7
Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic
American record producer and concert presenter Norman Granz introduced his now-legendary Jazz at the Philharmonic series in 1944. Concerts from leading artists were performed at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, and Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, among other important venues. JATP played a pivotal role in advancing the cause of racial integration, popularizing jazz, and emphasizing live improvisation in performance. This week on the Jazz Break at Noon, we celebrate Independence Day with music from a significant milestone in the development of jazz. Artists for the playlist include Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Mary Lou Williams, Buck Clayton, and many more.
July 10-July 14
The Definitive Lee Morgan
The bright and buoyant trumpet sound of Edward Lee Morgan defines hard bop. Born July 10, 1938, in Philadelphia, PA, Morgan's command of the horn can be heard on a decade of recordings with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The untimely and controversial death of Morgan has been well documented, and his musical legacy lives on with invaluable recordings to remember the precision, power, and emotion he poured through the trumpet.
July 17-July 21
Drum Professor Charlie Persip
Born in Morristown, NJ, on July 26, 1929, drummer, bandleader, and educator Charlie Persip was the driving force on a large selection of Dizzy Gillespie records in the 1950's before appearing on a wide range of superb hard bop recordings. We'll hear from a handful of Persip-led recordings too this week, including his 1980's Superband dates on the Soul Note label.
July 24-July 28
The Roots of Jazz Guitar with Charlie Christian
Born July 29, 1916, in Bonham, TX, guitarist Charlie Christian took the electric guitar out of the rhythm section and into the spotlight with a single-string technique and amplification that rocked the Benny Goodman sextet and orchestra out of the 1930's and into the new era of be-bop and modern jazz. Christian's tremendous influence on other guitarists and the instrument's role in jazz is incalculable. We'll hear Christian and his deep impact on the electric guitar, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon, with newly discovered tracks. ;