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50th Birthday

Alyn Shipton celebrates the 50th birthday of the programme, with memories from all its different eras and voices of previous presenters. With a guest appearance by Geoffrey Smith.

This week, Jazz Record Requests is 50 years old! For the show that has been a Saturday afternoon fixture since 1964, Alyn Shipton celebrates the programme's birthday, with listeners' memories from all periods of the show. There'll be archive clips of previous presenters including Humphrey Lyttelton, Ken Sykora, Steve Race, Peter Clayton, and Charles Fox, and a guest appearance by Geoffrey Smith, plus examples of the wide range of music played on the programme during its long life.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 6 Dec 2014 17:00

Music Played

  • Miles Davis


    Performer: Paul Chambers. Performer: Red Garland. Performer: John Coltrane. Performer: Philly Joe Jones. Performer: Cannonball Adderley.
    • Complete Columbia Recordings with John Coltrane.
    • Columbia.
    • 3.
  • Teddy Bunn, Tommy Ladnier Mezz Mezzrow Quintet, Manzie Johnson & George "Pops" Foster

    If You See Me Coming

    • If You See Me Coming.
    • HMV.
    • 2.
  • Clarence Profit, Jake Fenderson, Teddy Bunn, Alabama Washboard Stompers & Bruce Johnston

    Pigmeat Stomp

    • Pig Meat Stomp.
    • Vocalion.
    • 2.
  • John Stevens, Paul Rutherford, Kenny Wheeler, Bruce Cale, Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Trevor Watts

    Travellin’ Together

    • Challenge.
    • Emanem.
    • 6.
  • Johnny St. Cyr, George Mitchell, New Orleans Wanderers, Kid Ory, Lil Armstrong & Johnny Dodds

    Perdido Street Blues

    • Perdido Street Blues.
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • Britt Woodman, William “Cat” Anderson, Quentin Jackson, Jimmy Woode, Clark Terry, Duke Ellington, Sam Woodyard, John Sanders, Willie Cook & Ray Nance

    Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue

    • The Complete Ellington at Newport, 1956.
    • Columbia.
    • 19.
  • William “Cat” Anderson, John Lamb, Cootie Williams, Herbie Jones, Jimmy Hamilton, Duke Ellington, Chuck Connors, Sam Woodyard, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope, Buster Cooper, Mercer Ellington, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown & Johnny Hodges

    Rose of the Rio Grande

    • Ella And Duke at the Cote D’Azur.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, John Simmons, Jimmy Rowles, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Larry Bunker & Billie Holiday

    Please Don’t Talk About Me

    • The Complete Verve Recordings.
    • Verve.
    • 13.
  • J. J. Johnson

    Billy Boy

    • Complete 60s Big Band Recordings.
    • Lonehill.
  • Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins


    • Spectrum / Tribute To Monk.
    • Switch.
    • 3.
  • The George Shearing Quintet

    The Continental

    • From Battersea to Broadway.
    • Proper.
    • 23.


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