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  • 1943: The Lost Year, Part 2 (Originally Aired 04/21/2013). If you tuned in last week, you heard Part One of 1943 – The Lost Year, and how the ban established by James Petrillo of the American Federation of Musicians Union against the recording companies of the time impacted jazz music and its artists of the time. In this episode Richard Hadlock takes us to Europe and shows us how much jazz musicians lost because of WWII and the German Nazi occupation which prohibited swing music from being played and danced to.
  • Vocalist Maud Hixson is a cool, swinging Minnesota gal whose clear sound and unencumbered delivery lets her virtuosity sneak up on you, in contrast to so many jazz singers today who make sure you hear their vocal chops at hello.Maud Hixson grew up listening to the Great American Standards of the 1930’s, ‘40s and ‘50s and only discovered the work of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett when he reached out to compliment her recording of one of his favorite songs. A friendship developed and now Maud celebrates this long association with her latest CD, Permanent Moonlight, Songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, which recently won a Bistro Award.
  • This week features the songs of one of R&B's greatest songwriters: Rudy Toombs. This underrated cat wrote some of the most fabulous drinking songs of all-time for Amos Milburn, The Clovers, The Five Keys and a young Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Beyond drinking songs, Toombs wrote some mega-hits for Ruth Brown, Varetta Dillard and Little Willie John, just to name a few. Matt The Cat gives you the story behind the story of one of early rock n' roll's greatest cleffers.
  • Jazz (Fest) in America (NEW!) It’s summertime! Celebrate the season of sun and sounds with live music from some of our favorite festivals around the world.
  • Send In The Clowns (Originally Aired 01/27/2013). Richard Hadlock presents a few jazz clowns in this episode of the Annals of Jazz tracing the history of humor and clowning in jazz to its minstrel and vaudeville roots. Settle in and enjoy some corny, funny, practical jokers, off the cuff jokes, weird songs, and geeky sounds. A fun show.