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Classical Traditions

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 June 2012

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music. This week, he considers that although some jazz fans may resent classical music, classical traditions have influenced jazz from the beginning. Today's programme examines the effects of classical music on players and composers from Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins to Lennie Tristano and Chick Corea.

email: GSJ@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

10 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Bill Evans

    Bill Evans Epilogue

    Composer: Bill Evans Performer: Bill Evans (p) Recorded: 1958

    Everybody Digs Bill Evans, Riverside OJCCD0682 Track number: Tr. 5; 0.38

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong Savoy Blues

    Composer: Kid Ory Performer: The Hot Seven: Louis Armstrong (tr), John Thomas (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Lonnie Johnson (g), Pete Briggs (b), Baby Dodds (d) Recorded: 1927

    Hot Fives and Sevens Vol. 2, JSP Records JSPCD 313, Tr.21; 3.27

  • Image for Benny Goodman

    Benny Goodman Sing Sing Sing (excerpt)

    Composer: Louis Prima Performer: Jess Stacy (p), Gene Kruper (d) Recorded: 1938 Artist: Coleman Hawkins Composer: Coleman Hawkins Performer: Coleman Hawkins (ts) Recorded: 1948

    The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Columbia/Legacy C2K65143, D2, Tr. 14; 2.06

  • Image for Glenn Gould

    Glenn Gould Fugue 15

    Composer: J.S Bach Performer: Glenn Gould

    Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Sony M3K42266 (3), 2.18

  • Image for Lennie Tristano

    Lennie Tristano C Minor Complex

    Composer: Lennie Tristano Performer: Lennie Tristano Recorded: 1962

    The New Tristano, Atlantic Masters 8122-77676-2, Tr.2; 5.47

  • The Birth of the Third Stream Poem for Brass

    Composer: J.J. Johnson Performer: Miles Davis (flugelhorn solo), Joe Wilder (tr solo), John Ware, Bernie Glow, Arthur Statter, Mel Broiles, Carmine Fornarotto (tr), J.J. Johnson, Urbie Green, John Clark (tb), Joseph Singer, Ray Alonge, Arthur Sussman, Jim Buffington (Fr Horn), John Swallow, Ronald Ricketts (Bar Horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d) Gunther Schuller (conductor) Recorded: 1956

    Music for Brass, Columbia Legacy 485103 2, Tr.2; 3.27

  • Image for Yusef Lateef

    Yusef Lateef The Centaur and the Phoenix

    Composer: Charles Mills Performer: Yusef Lateef (ts), Clark Terry, Richard Williams (tpts), Curtis Fuller (tb), Josea Taylor (bassoon), Tate Houston (bs), Joe Zawinul (p), Ben Tucker (b), Lex Humphries (d) Recorded: 1960

    The Riverside Jazz Sampler, Riverside RIVM 001, S2/2; 5.30

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Up and Down, up and down

    Composer: Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn Performer: Duke Ellington (p), Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), William ‘Cat’ Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry (tr), Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman (tb), Jimmy Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (d) Recorded: 1957

    Such Sweet Thunder, Philips BBL 7203, Tr. 7; 2.59

  • Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Sonata K20

    Composer: Domenico Scarlatti Performer: Gary Burton (vibes) & Makoto Ozone (piano) Recorded: 2001

    Virtuosi, Concord Jazz CCD-2105-2, Tr.6; 6.35

  • Image for Chick Corea

    Chick Corea America

    Composer: Chick Corea Performer: Chick Corea (p), Tim Garland (reeds), Steve Davis (tsb), Hans Glawischnig (b), Marcus Gilmore (d) Recorded: 2001

    The Continents, for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, Deutsch Grammophon, CD1. Tr.4; 12.25


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