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Dave Liebman

Saxophonist Dave Liebman joins Alyn Shipton to choose highlights of his recordings.

Saxophonist and erstwhile Miles Davis colleague Dave Liebman joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at Cheltenham Town Hall to select highlights of his recordings.

Dave Liebman came to fame as the saxophonist in Miles Davis's 1970s band, but he has had a formidable career since the 1980s as a bandleader in his own right, often specialising on the soprano instrument, but also returning to the his first love, the tenor. He joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at Cheltenham Town Hall to select the highlights of his recordings.

In this Jazz Library, Dave Liebman, who was the Cheltenham Jazz Festival's artist in residence in 2009, joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his extensive catalogue of recordings, including free solo improvisations, reinterpretations of classical music, tributes to John Coltrane and interpretations of standards. A virtuoso musician who is also a leader in the world of jazz education, Liebman shows his mastery in a variety of settings from playing completely unaccompanied to working with a full-scale big band.

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Christine Tobin on Shirley Horn

Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Christine Tobin to survey the music of Shirley Horn.

Alyn Shipton is joined by jazz singer Christine Tobin to survey the music of Shirley Horn.

As a vocalist, Shirley Horn was expert at lending subtle treatment to old jazz standards. She was also a fine pianist, and in this week's Jazz Library singer Christine Tobin discusses the American's intimate trio sound as well as Horn's work with some of the finest big bands of the 1960s. Taking time out to raise a family, Horn returned in the 1980s and 1990s to make some of her finest recordings, including the Grammy-winning I Remember Miles.

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Benny Powell

Trombonist Benny Powell joins Alyn Shipton to select his best discs.

Trombonist Benny Powell joins Alyn Shipton to select his best discs with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, plus examples of his work with Duke Ellington and pianist Randy Weston.

Benny Powell grew up in New Orleans to the sound of marching bands and jazz in the air. He joined Lionel Hampton in the 1940s and went on to be a key member of the 1950s Count Basie Orchestra, staying for several years. He joins Alyn Shipton to pick highlights from his records with both leaders, plus examples of his work with Duke Ellington and also his long-running association with pianist Randy Weston, which fuses jazz and African music.

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Roland Hanna

Roland Hanna was one of the most talented of pianists until his untimely death in 2002.

Roland Hanna was one of the most dazzlingly talented of pianists until his death in 2002. Just weeks before he fell ill, he met Alyn Shipton for what was to be his final interview.

Roland Hanna was one of the most dazzlingly talented of pianists until his untimely death from a viral infection in 2002. Just weeks before he fell ill, he met Alyn Shipton for what turned out to be his final interview, looking back on his long and distinguished recording career, including his brilliant contribution to Mingus Dynasty.

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Oliver Nelson

Guy Barker joins Alyn Shipton to select key recordings by saxophonist Oliver Nelson.

Guy Barker joins Alyn Shipton to explore the wealth of material that Oliver Nelson created as both arranger and saxophonist in a prolific career cut short by chronic overwork.

Oliver Nelson wrote and directed the iconic album Blues and The Abstract Truth - a defining 1960s jazz record. In this programme Guy Barker joins Alyn Shipton to explore the wealth of material that Nelson created as both arranger and saxophonist in a prolific career cut short by chronic overwork.

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The Best New Releases of 2011

Alyn Shipton and guests select the best new releases of 2011.

Alyn Shipton is joined by a group of the country's leading jazz critics, broadcasters and writers to select the best new releases of 2011.

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Ken Clarke's Jazz Greats

Series 9 Episode 4: Clifford Brown

Ken Clarke and guest Abram Wilson discuss the music of the 1950s trumpeter Clifford Brown.

Ken Clarke and his guest Abram Wilson discuss the life and music of the 1950s trumpeter Clifford Brown.

In the last programme of the current series, Ken Clarke and his guest Abram Wilson discuss the life and music of the 1950s trumpeter Clifford Brown.

Given a trumpet by his father at the age of 15, Clifford's natural talent was immediately apparent. After only a few years of practising the instrument he was playing gigs with artists such as Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Fats Navarro. By 22 he already had an original style and the quintet he went on to form with Max Roach is regarded as one of the best of the 1950s.

Sadly his professional career was bookended by two horrific car crashes. The first was nearly ended his life and left him in hospital for a year. And only five years later he was involved in a second accident, but this time he was tragically killed. But, as Ken and Abram explain, in the short time he was playing and recording he did enough to put him up there with the all time Jazz Greats.

Abram Wilson is an award winning New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist based in the UK.

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Clark Terry

Trumpeter Clark Terry discusses his collaborations with musicians such as Oscar Peterson.

Alyn Shipton is joined by trumpeter Clark Terry to look back over his recordings and discuss his collaborations with musicians such as Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington.

Alyn Shipton is joined by one of the most famous Ellingtonians of all, trumpeter Clark Terry, to look back over his recordings. In addition to his work with Ellington, Terry was also a member of Count Basie's famous orchestra and he also discusses his discs with the late Oscar Peterson, including the amusing Mumbles.

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Arvell Shaw

Alyn Shipton presents an interview with Louis Armstrong's former bassist, Arvell Shaw.

Alyn Shipton features an archive interview with bassist Arvell Shaw, discussing his best work with Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman and Earl Hines.

Bassist Arvell Shaw was the longest-serving member of Louis Armstrong's All Stars. As well as picking his finest discs with Armstrong (including the big band recordings) in an interview recorded in 2001, he guides Alyn Shipton through his best work with Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Earl Hines.

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Benny Goodman

Alyn Shipton is joined by John Dankworth to share insights into clarinetist Benny Goodman.

Alyn Shipton is joined by John Dankworth who shares some of his keen insights into clarinetist Benny Goodman's style, and together they explore a selection of key recordings.

The King of Swing, and one of the finest of all jazz clarinetists, Benny Goodman recorded prolifically, and was as dazzlingly talented in a big band setting as in a small group. He encouraged multi-racial bands, with his trio, quartet and sextet, and helped bring guitarist Charlie Christian to a wider audience.

Alyn Shipton is joined by John Dankworth, who shares some of his keen insights into Goodman's style, his selection of key recordings and his personal reminiscences of Benny, with whom he played for the first time in 1949.

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Gateshead Jazz Festival 2009 Episode 2: Joshua Redman

Alyn Shipton is joined by saxophonist Joshua Redman to look back at his best recordings.

In a programme recorded at the 2009 Gateshead Jazz Festival, Alyn Shipton is joined by saxophonist Joshua Redman to look back at his best recordings.

In a programme recorded at the Gateshead Jazz Festival 2009, Alyn Shipton is joined by saxophonist Joshua Redman to look back at his best recordings. These include his early quintets and quartets, his trios with organist Sam Yahel, right up to more recent albums, all of them marked out by Redman's consistent balance between exploration and instrumental virtuosity.

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George Shearing

Alyn Shipton looks back over the highlights of pianist George Shearing's recording career.

George Shearing joins Alyn Shipton to look over the highlights of his recording career, from early triumphs in London to the debut of his famous quintet in America.

Pianist Sir George Shearing died on 14th February 2011. In an archive interview, he joins Alyn Shipton to look back over the highlights of his recording career, from early triumphs in London to the debut of his famous quintet in America, as well as his long-running partnership with Mel Torme.

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John Surman

Saxophonist John Surman joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recording career.

In a special programme recorded in front of an audience at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, British saxophonist John Surman joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recording career.

Recorded in front of an audience at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, British saxophonist John Surman joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recording career. As one of the country's finest saxophonists, Surman's copious output since the 1960s includes many gems, and among those discs explored in the programme are those by his long-running quartet, his partnership with drummer Jack DeJohnette, and his work with the Norwegian singer Karin Krog.

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Hugh Masekela

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from his recording career.

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from his recording career, including his work with the Jazz Epistles and his records with Dudu Pukwana.

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela joined Alyn Shipton to discuss his finest recordings.

For Hugh Masekela, jazz and political activism go hand in hand. As he guides Alyn Shipton through his recording career, we hear of his first band, the Jazz Epistles, cruelly cut short when the Sharpeville Massacre led to large public gatherings being banned on the eve of its first national tour. We follow him to London and New York, with his early American album Grrrr! and his London session Music Is Where The Heart Is with revolutionary saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. Hugh then traces his career as an exile through discs made in New York, and in Botswana, where he recorded during the years he was unable to enter South Africa. His music blends jazz and Afro-Pop, using the characteristic sounds of South African choirs and voices as essential ingredients alongside his distinctive trumpet and flugelhorn playing, creating music that always evokes his homeland, but never loses touch with the African-American jazz that inspired his vision of freedom.

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Michael Garrick

Archive interview in which pianist and composer Michael Garrick reviews his work in jazz.

An archive interview in which the late pianist and composer Michael Garrick joins Alyn Shipton to look back over 50 years in jazz, working with big bands and small groups.

PIanist Michael Garrick died in November 2011. In this archive interview, he joins Alyn Shipton to look back over a fifty year span of some of the finest big band and small group records in British jazz.

Whether inspired by Hobbits, Thomas Hardy or J M Barrie, Garrick's musical settings were some of the most imaginative and colourful in jazz. His music took inspiration from a huge variety of sources, ranging from Indian and Burmese music and literature to English folksongs and novels. A brilliant pianist, Garrick was also known for his pioneering work with Don Rendell and Ian Carr, for his poetry and jazz sessions, and for continuing to lead groups large and small against all commercial odds for over half a century.

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Early Ellington Recordings

Alyn Shipton explores the highlights of Duke Ellington's recordings of the 1920s and 30s.

Duke Ellington's biographer Harvey Cohen joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from the composer and pianist's 1920s and 30s recordings, including jungle music and small groups.

Duke Ellington's biographer Harvey Cohen joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from the 1920s and 30s recordings.

From the Cotton Club to national icon, author Harvey Cohen traces Ellington's finest output from the decade starting in 1928. He guides Alyn Shipton through jungle music, the first extended works and the finest Ducal small groups, as well as offering insights from his recent book 'Duke Ellington's America'.

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Clifford Brown

Alyn Shipton and Tom Perchard pick the best recordings by trumpeter Clifford Brown.

Author Tom Perchard joins Alyn Shipton to pick the recorded highlights of trumpeter Clifford Brown, who died in 1956. Including tracks from the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet.

Clifford Brown died in a car crash at 25, robbing the jazz world of one of its most talented and original trumpeters. To mark the 80th anniversary of Brown's birth, author Tom Perchard joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of his recordings. The programme centres on the Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet, but also includes a wide variety of other material including discs with Sarah Vaughan and with a string orchestra.

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Teddy Wilson

Pianist Martin Litton joins Alyn Shipton to select the best music by pianist Teddy Wilson.

Pianist Martin Litton joins Alyn Shipton to select the best of pianist Teddy Wilson's work, including his own short-lived big band, solo recordings and many more recent trios.

From his meteoric rise to fame with Benny Goodman to his small group records with Billie Holiday, pianist Teddy Wilson was one of the stars of the swing era. Pianist Martin Litton joins Alyn Shipton to select the best examples of Wilson's work, including his own short-lived big band, his solo recordings, and many latterday trios.

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Sonny Stitt

Alyn Shipton and Alan Barnes choose the best recordings by saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Alan Barnes to choose the best recordings by saxophonist Sonny Stitt, one of the finest bebop tenorists and an individualist alto player.

Sonny Stitt was one of the finest bebop saxophonists, transferring the style of Charlie Parker to the tenor instrument, as well as developing his own approach to the alto. Fellow saxophonist Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose the best examples of Stitt's work, including his recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Sonny Rollins as well as the many sessions he led himself.

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Scott LaFaro

Dave Green joins Alyn Shipton to explore the recording career of bassist Scott LaFaro.

Dave Green joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings of fellow bassist Scott LaFaro's brief but brilliant career, including work with Bill Evans.

Killed in a car accident aged just 25, Scott LaFaro was widely regarded as the most technically gifted bassist of the 20th Century. His records with Bill Evans are among the finest jazz trio discs ever made. Bassist Dave Green joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of these, and to trace the other significant records in LaFaro's brief but brilliant career.

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