Jazz Soundtrack

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The jazz influence can still be heard in film scores. It started during one Midcentury moment, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, when bongos, saxophones and jazz rhythms made film music a lot less “invisible.”

WNYC Production Credits...

Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Associate Producer: Laura Mayer
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Produced by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [3]

Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, and later Johnny Mandel and other "actual jazz musicians" did indeed inject fresh energy and a new vocabulary into the world of film music in the 1950s. Good to hear their work. But the notion that earlier composers were content to provide soothing anodyne backgrounds that nobody would notice is unfair and is belied by the continuing interest in the symphonic scores by masters like Korngold, Newman, Rozsa, and Herrmann. Their music was heard in their own time and there are many who want to hear more of it today.

Sep. 03 2013 09:43 AM
Rick Baitz from NYC

Nice podcast! Don't forget "Elevator to the Gallows" (Louis Malle, 1958) -- soundtrack by Miles Davis!

Sep. 03 2013 09:13 AM
sjmcm3 from Brooklyn

If one considers "swing" as played by big bands in the 30s into the 50s as "jazz" (it IS at a minimum jazz-derived), then the two movies "Orchestra Wives" and "Sun Valley Serenade" made by the Glenn Miller "Orchestra" just before World War II began for the U.S., would be the first other than "shorts" made by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, Louis Armstrong, and others, as far back as the earliest sound film technology permitted.

Sep. 03 2013 08:59 AM

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