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The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series

November 2009

The Jazz Loft Project Radio: Introduction

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Jazz Loft Project draws on the thousands of hours of tape recorded by photographer W. Eugene Smith in his Manhattan Loft in the 50s and 60s.

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Episode 2-- Images of the Loft

Sunday, November 29, 2009

We learn more about Eugene Smith and his background, experience in WWII, pioneering work as a photo essayist for Life magazine; as well as his later preoccupation with recording life around him. (Originally aired November 17, 2009)

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Episode 3 -- The Tapes

Saturday, November 28, 2009

This segment explores the tapes themselves in no particular context. (Originally aired November 18, 2009)

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Episode 4 -- Hall Overton

Friday, November 27, 2009

The admiration and love for Hall Overton spills out of those who remember him: a portrait emerges of a brilliant, open-minded musician with a modest, self-effacing manner and an ever-present dangling cigarette. (Originally aired November 19, 2009)

For episodes 5 through 10, click here.

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Episode 5 -- Before the Loft

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So many of the stories of the people in the Jazz Loft begin the same way: with the musicians arriving in New York after service in World War II. (Originally aired November 20, 2009)

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Episode 6 -- Ron Free

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The focus in this installment is on Ron Free, a musician considered the ‘house drummer’ at the Loft. (Originally aired November 21, 2009)

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Episode 7 -- Flower District

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In keeping with the memories musicians had of leaving the loft in early morning after all-night jam sessions — and getting hit with the aroma of flowers from the neighboring wholesale shops — we look at the Flower District. (Originally aired November 22, 2009)

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Episode 8 -- Monk Town Hall Concert

Monday, November 23, 2009

The “Crown Jewels” of the Smith tapes: the arranging and rehearsal sessions spanning a three-week period in 1959 when Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton were preparing the Monk Big Band for the February Town Hall concert. (Originally aired November 23, 2009)

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Episode 9 -- More Tapes

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Episode 9 -- More Tapes: Another ‘non-story’ episode featuring more extended tape. (Originally aired November 24, 2009)


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Episode 10 -- Times Change

Saturday, November 21, 2009

In the early to mid 1960s, the cultural scene is changing in NY, as is the city itself. (Originally aired November 25, 2009)

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Jazz Loft Jam Sessions

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hear extended jam sessions from within The Loft in this one-hour special, Jazz Loft Jam Sessions.

Air times:
11/26: 93.9 FM at 3PM and 9PM
11/28: 820 AM at 2 PM
11/29: 820 AM at 8 PM

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