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Bending the Notes

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 May 2012

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.
In this first programme in the series, Geoffrey celebrates the myriad pleasures of jazz with a survey of the unique art of "bending notes", from Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong to Iain Ballamy and Sonny Rollins.
email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

11 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Juanita Hall

    Juanita Hall After You've Gone

    Juanita Hall Sings the Blues, Fresh Sounds, FRSCD68 (1)

  • Image for Coleman Hawkins

    Coleman Hawkins If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

    Coleman Hawkins, Verve, 549-085

  • Image for Bessie Smith

    Bessie Smith Bessie SMITH Baby doll

    Bessie Smith: Volume 3, Columbia, 4721892 (2)

  • Image for Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday Night And Day

    Lady Day: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, Columbia, MOODCD-52

  • Image for Kansas City Six

    Kansas City Six Three Little Words

    Kansas City 5, 6 & 7, Classics, Classics-912

  • Image for Thelonious Monk

    Thelonious Monk Blue Monk

    Thelonius Alone in San Francisco, Riverside, 1862312 (1)

  • Image for Ben Webster

    Ben Webster That's All

    King of the Tenors, Verve, 519-8062

  • Image for Iain Ballamy

    Iain Ballamy The Way You Look Tonight

    The Little Radio, Sound, CD-1005

  • Image for The Ornette Coleman Quartet

    The Ornette Coleman Quartet Ramblin'

    Change of the Century, Atlantic, 7567--81341-2

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    C'est Ci Bon, Proper, Properbox-24

  • Image for Sonny Rollins

    Sonny Rollins Four

    Sonny Rollins & Co. 1964, Bluebird RCA, 74321257672 , 4



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    Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

    Geoffrey Smith with his weekly selection of jazz. Each Saturday at midnight, Geoffrey Smith…

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