Former music industry executive Joe Smith interviewed over 200 musicians and singers in the late 1980s and donated the entire collection to the Library of Congress. Many of these interviews are available online at the Library of Congress site. On August 7, 1986, Smith sat down with legendary jazz saxophonist Stan Getz to discuss his career. The full interview does not appear to be streamable at this point in time. I hope this changes. The interview includes an animated take on the audio from the interview.
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On August 25, 1964, The Dave Brubeck Quartet performed a 30 minute concert on the BBC. The quartet, made up of Dave Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax, Joe Morello on drums and Eugene Wright on bass, the quartet plays many of its most famous music. Brubeck was no slouch in the world of music. Originally intending to be a classical music composer, he studied under the French composer Darius Milhaud, who was the one who urged Brubeck to become a jazz musician. Thank you Darius Milhaud for that.
In 1957, CBS aired the program ‘The Sound of Jazz‘. The hour long program starred such jazz luminaries as Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Red Allen, Jimmy Giuffre and more. It’s really quite a spectacular concert and thankfully the world has YouTube to help preserve hidden gems like this.
Many TV shows from the 1950s have been slowly disappearing from history. Whether it’s endless legal tussles or the film itself disintegrating under its own weight, precious shows, concerts and specials are disappearing forever.