A History of Jazz
By Arik Devens
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Exploring jazz history, one record at a time.
||Clean1919: Ford Dabney||The story of Ford Dabney, immensely famous early jazz contributor, who is almost totally forgotten today.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1919: James Reese Europe||The life and times of James Reese Europe, and his contributions to ragtime and early jazz history.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1918: Everybody Else||A look at some of the other jazz music recorded in 1918.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1918: Original Dixieland Jazz Band||What the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was up to, in 1918.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1918: Wilbur Sweatman||Who Wilbur Sweatman was, why he matters, and some of the music he made in 1918.||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1917: Everybody Else||A look at some of the other jazz music recorded in 1917.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1917: Original Dixieland Jazz Band||From the origins of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, to the music they made in 1917.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1619 - 1917: A Prehistory||From the beginning of African slavery on this continent, to the first jazz recording.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction||The show is launching February 26, 2017||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great exploration of jazz's roots and history
I'm really enjoying this podcast. The history of jazz is complicated and (at times) controversial. Arik Devens provides an engaging, thorough review of the music tradition's roots, with well-chosen recordings as examples.
I have been combing through the internet looking for a podcast about this topic for way too long. Just listened to the first episode-so well done considering how much ground you needed to cover- and I'm looking forward to hearing how you'll unravel my favorite subject. Also, the Spotify playlist you're planning on making of each song you highlight in each episode is brilliant and really helpful! Thank you!
Fun and educational
I found Arik's show through his promotion of it on Criterion Cast, and film is definitely the more familiar medium for me. Still, I've always enjoyed listening to jazz despite my lack of familiarity with the nuances and history of the genre. This show is such a great addition and a topic that I've been eager to learn more about. The show is really entertaining, informative, and fun.