Episode 4 -- Hall Overton

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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)

Overton taught countless students in the Loft, where he lived for a time, ignoring musical boundaries to teach both classical and jazz (the classical musicians appreciated his spontaneity; the jazz players admired his training and skill).  He also hosted symposia, arranged the impossible-to-arrange, preached the gospel of jazz on television and played pretty good jazz piano.

The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities; and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.


Comments [5]

Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

To me an interesting reference:

I am listening to the 1987 New Sounds piece in the Steve Reich "Maximum Reich" series. Steve references Hall Overton as his "first teacher"

Dec. 08 2009 06:52 PM
George from Staten Island

So cool! A beautiful job on a fabulous project. The absolute best radio I've heard in years! Simultaneously historic and contemporary. And while Smith was doing his recording, I was a Staten Island kid collecting baseball cards, then an early teenager, playing saxophone and taking Miles Davis out of the St. George library. I love the show. I love the vibe. Don't tell me it's really gonna end on Thanksgiving! More please. Pass the bebop!

Nov. 20 2009 06:49 PM


The link to the On Air Schedule can be found underneath the Jazz Loft logo at the top of the page, or by pasting this URL into your browser:

Nov. 20 2009 10:03 AM
steve kos

I've felt for many years that if I could go back in time, it would be to some point in the late 50's, the golden era of American music (not just jazz), so that I could see some, if not all, my musical heroes perform live. This series makes that wish all the more compelling.

Nov. 19 2009 08:58 PM
Diane Elliott

I called the station to see when the Jazz Loft would be aired. They told me there was no specific time it would just be in segments. A very frustrating answer. I now find that it is listed on the website. I have been fortunate enough to catch two segments at 5pm. I don't see any more listed. Will there be more? It is MOST interesting and MOST frustrating not to be told when it will air. There was plenty of advertising for it but no time slot given!!!

Nov. 19 2009 04:41 PM

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