Episode 5 -- Before the Loft

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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)

This episode examines the history of the 1940s as it set the scene for the remarkable Postwar period in which jazz (and all the arts) flourished.  We hear some of the personal stories of the musicians who eked out a living; nursed a Coke for hours so they could hear their colleagues play on 52nd Street; and grew into professionals whose lives were entwined both in and out of the Loft.  Musicians Teddy Charles, Jim Hall, Bill Crow, Dick Katz, Phil Woods, historian Gerald Early, among others.




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 [2]

Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

I, on the other hand, would like to have seen these episodes be in the same class as Steve Rowland's "Miles Davis Radio Project", "Tell Me How Long 'Trane's Been Gone", and "Leonard Bernstein: An American Life", which were all aired on WNYC and are still available at

Dec. 05 2009 07:08 PM
joeNYC from New York

I appreciate Ms. Fishko's work on this series, but is there any way to consolidate the stories into one time instead of having a daily story on Morning Edition and All Things Considered? Whenever you interrupt those shows, I always feel like I am missing something. Thanks.

Nov. 20 2009 06:39 PM

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