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Monday, 5/27/2024,10pm - Annals of Jazz with Richard Hadlock

THE FIG BOP WAR. When bebop came along in the mid-1940s with its creators like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and others, a lot of traditionalists who were into New Orleans jazz or early swing thought it was freakish music and began to criticize it. The pro-modernists struck back and called the critics “out of date” and the term “moldy fig” came to be used to describe these older jazz fans opposed to the beboppers. In this program Richard Hadlock details the ideological jazz battles of the “Fig Bop War.”