Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Sancton, friend and protege of New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis, to select highlights from the latter's vast catalogue of recordings.
The New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis was the spearhead of the traditional jazz revival from 1942 until his death in 1969. In this programme, Alyn Shipton is joined by Lewis's friend and protege Tom Sancton to select the highlights from a vast catalogue of recordings. Music includes Bunk Johnson's brass and dance bands, Lewis's trio, quartet and Ragtime Band, and work with such other jazz legends as Lizzie Miles and De De Pierce.
Tom Sancton's memoir, A Song For My Fathers, is a remarkable portrait of his formative years growing up in New Orleans as a clarinet student of George Lewis, and a part of a world that was swept away for ever in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. His playing experience and close friendship with many of the musicians covered makes this an unusually poignant edition of Jazz Library.