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The life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.

Jazz historian Helen Mayhew looks at the remarkable life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.

Jazz historian Helen Mayhew looks at the remarkable life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings, covering his personal life as well as his music.

This programme contains language that some may find offensive.

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Louis Armstrong

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Lee Konitz

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Lee Konitz

Alyn Shipton charts a course through the recordings of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Alyn Shipton talks to the American composer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz about his music, from his days with Claude Thornhill to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool.

Alyn Shipton talks to the prolific American composer and alto saxophonist about the landmarks in his career, beginning with his early days with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton and progressing to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and with Lennie Tristano and his circle.

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Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select essential work by exotic bandleader Sun Ra.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Born Herman Blount, he was as famous for his exotic headgear and claims that his inspiration and music came from outer space, as his band The Arkestra. Yet beneath the exotic image, Ra was a highly creative musician, redefining the structure and sound of the jazz big band.

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Bud Powell

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Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of pianist Bud Powell's recordings.

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to explore the best examples of recordings by the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41.

Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of recordings by pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41 and altered the course of jazz piano through his bebop innovations of the 1940s.

He left an impressive legacy of recorded work, although this also charts his slow decline as a consequence of mental illness and addiction problems.

Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to consider the largest body of Powell's work, for the Blue Note label.

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Benny Golson

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Benny Golson

Alyn Shipton interviews saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009.

Alyn Shipton interviews saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009. With Golson looking back at his career with Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie, plus his new album.

Alyn Shipton interviews veteran saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009, and who is to be honoured at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC for his lifetime achievements in jazz. The programme features Golson looking back at his career with musicians including Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie as well as his own Jazztet, plus a preview of his new 80th birthday album New Times, New 'Tet.

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Alyn Shipton presents an archive interview with trumpeter, author and broadcaster Ian Carr

Alyn Shipton presents an archive interview with trumpeter, author and broadcaster Ian Carr, who selects some of his best recordings. With music by the Emcee Five.

Trumpeter, author and broadcaster Ian Carr is considered by some to be one of the most influential figures in British jazz.

Alyn Shipton features an archive interview, in which Carr selects some of his finest recordings. These include music by the Rendell-Carr Quintet, the Emcee Five and Nucleus, as well as movements from Neil Ardley's suite Kaleidoscope of Rainbows.

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Wynton Kelly

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Wynton Kelly

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tim Richards to explore the recordings of pianist Wynton Kelly.

Alyn Shipton explores the recorded catalogue of Wynton Kelly, one of the most individual pianists in jazz, famous for his work with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery.

Wynton Kelly was one of the most individual pianists in jazz, famous for his work with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery. He also led his own trio - often with fellow Miles Davis sidemen Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) who played with him on "Kind of Blue". Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through Kelly's impressive catalogue of recordings.

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Nina Simone

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Nina Simone

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the catalogue of Nina Simone.

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the recorded catalogue of the jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone. With an excerpt from an archive interview.

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the recorded catalogue of the jazz singer and pianist known as the High Priestess of Soul. The programme includes part of an archive interview by Alyn with Nina herself, recorded on her last visit to Britain, as well as her best songs ranging from Porgy through Mississippi Goddam to I Put a Spell on You.

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Great Lives

Series 18 Episode 5: Frank Sinatra

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Series 18 Episode 5: Frank Sinatra

Broadcaster and DJ Colin Murray chooses Frank Sinatra.

Broadcaster Colin Murray chooses legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra. With Matthew Parris and Will Friedwald. From May 2009.

Broadcaster Colin Murray chooses Francis Albert Sinatra in the biographical series in which Matthew Parris asks his guests to choose someone who's inspired their lives.

"Fiercely competitive", "aggressive", "utterly masculine" and "supremely talented". Just some of the words - Matthew Parris says - that might be used to describe one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

Colin calls Frank omnipresent. Enchanted by his songs he says: "It's not about the notes you hit for me, it's about the simplicity and the honesty. And for me he had it in bucket loads"

New York author and music critic Will Friedwald vividly describes the singer's life history, from his early years to the marriages and through his recording and screen career.

Featuring excerpts of many of Sinatra's greatest recordings.

Produced by Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.

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Bing Crosby

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Bing Crosby

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert pick Bing Crosby's jazziest recordings.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick Bing's jazziest recordings, ranging from his Paul Whiteman days to the swing bands of Buddy Bregman and Billy May.

Focusing on the jazz side of Bing Crosby, Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick Bing's jazziest recordings, ranging from his Paul Whiteman days to the swing bands of Buddy Bregman and Billy May, and including Bing's immortal discs with Louis Armstrong.

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George Avakian

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George Avakian

Alyn Shipton is joined by veteran record producer George Avakian to select his best work.

Alyn Shipton is joined by veteran record producer George Avakian to select the finest sessions that he supervised, including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Dave Brubeck.

To celebrate the 92nd birthday of George Avakian, the veteran record producer joins Alyn Shipton to pick his personal favourites from a long career in supervising record sessions, starting in 1939.

From the Chicago jazz of Eddie Condon and Jimmy McPartland, the programme covers a vast stylistic range including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis's quintet and his Gil Evans collaborations, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dave Brubeck's most famous quartet and the Louis Armstrong All Stars.

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Art Pepper

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Art Pepper

Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose saxophonist Art Pepper's finest recordings.

Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose saxophonist Art Pepper's finest recordings, and also reveals his remarkable talents on the clarinet, on the tenor sax and as a composer.

Despite a lifelong battle with narcotics, harrowingly related in his book "Straight Life", Art Pepper was one of the finest alto saxophonists in jazz. In this programme, British saxophonist Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose Pepper's finest recordings, and also reveals the American's remarkable talents on the clarinet, on the tenor saxophone, and as a composer.

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Peggy Lee

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Peggy Lee

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to choose the best jazz discs by singer Peggy Lee.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Gwyneth Herbert, a fine Lee interpreter, to explore singer Peggy Lee's earlier work, with Benny Goodman, as a broadcasting artist and as a jazz singer.

In later life, reclusive and swathed in a jewelled scarf, Peggy Lee had come a long way from her origins as a jazz singer. In this programme, Gwyneth Herbert, herself a fine interpreter of Lee's songs, explores the singer's earlier work, with Benny Goodman, as a broadcasting artist and as a pure jazz singer. As well as Peggy Lee standards such as Why Don't You Do Right and Fever, there are many examples of her jazz excellence in lesser known songs.

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Norma Winstone

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Norma Winstone

Singer Norma Winstone joins Alyn Shipton to select her best recordings.

Singer Norma Winstone joins Alyn Shipton to select her best recordings, including with Michael Garrick, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, as well her collaboration with Jimmy Rowles.

Singer Norma Winstone joins Alyn Shipton to select her best recordings, looking back to her early days with Michael Garrick, her long associations with John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, and at songs for which she has written lyrics herself, including her renowned collaboration with Jimmy Rowles on The Peacocks.

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A Tribute to John Dankworth

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A Tribute to John Dankworth

Archive interview in which the late John Dankworth selected some of his finest recordings.

Alyn Shipton introduces an archive interview in which the late John Dankworth selected some of his finest recordings. Includes work with the Johnny Dankworth Seven and his big band.

On 6 February 2010, Sir John Dankworth died aged 82. In this special edition of Jazz Library, Alyn Shipton introduces an archive interview in which John Dankworth selected some of his finest recordings. These range from his work with the Johnny Dankworth Seven and his big band to the settings he wrote for Cleo Laine, as well as music composed for films and television.

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Carla Bley

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Carla Bley

Pianist and composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records.

Pianist/composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records, from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill via her various big bands, to her current small groups.

Pianist and composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records, from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill via her various big bands, to her current small groups.

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Carmen McRae

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Carmen McRae

Alyn Shipton picks highlights from the recordings of singer Carmen McRae.

Christine Tobin joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from the more than 60 albums that singer Carmen McRae, a Billie Holiday protegee, made before her death in 1994.

Singer Carmen McRae was a protegee of Billie Holiday but soon grew beyond that early influence to develop her own distinctive musical personality. Singer Christine Tobin joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from the more than 60 albums that McRae made before her death in 1994.

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Billy Strayhorn

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Billy Strayhorn

Brian Priestley and Alyn Shipton review the work of Ellington collaborator Billy Strayhorn

Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to look over Billy Strayhorn's small catalogue of records under his own name as well as his collaborations with Duke Ellington.

The man who was Duke Ellington's amanuensis, co-pianist and arranger is not so well-known in his own right. In tonight's programme Ellingtonian specialist Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to look at Strayhorn's small catalogue of records under his own name, and also separates out his immense personal contribution to Duke Ellington's work for both large and small bands, as composer, arranger and instrumentalist.

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Ken Clarke's Jazz Greats

Series 7 Episode 1: Charlie Parker

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Series 7 Episode 1: Charlie Parker

Ken talks to Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founders of bebop.

Ken talks to British jazz musician Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founding fathers of the bebop movement, who helped to push the boundaries of jazz.

Ken Clarke MP profiles great jazz musicians of the 20th Century.

Ken talks to British jazz musician Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founding fathers of the bebop movement. After moving to New York in 1939, he worked with Dizzy Gillespie and helped to push the boundaries of the form. However, his life and career were blighted by a heroin addiction which killed him at the age of just 34.

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Dexter Gordon

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Dexter Gordon

Alyn Shipton selects the best recordings of influential tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

Soweto Kinch joins Alyn Shipton to select the best recordings of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who became one of the most influential soloists of the 1960s and 70s.

The tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was one of the first tenor saxophonists in jazz to adopt the bebop style in the 1940s, going on to become one of the most influential and distinctive soloists of the 60s and 70s. Soweto Kinch joins Alyn Shipton to select Gordon's finest recordings, ranging from his early days with Billy Eckstine to his Oscar-nominated performance in Bertrand Tavernier's film "Round Midnight".

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