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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Nat King Cole

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work as a hugely influential pianist, charismatic vocalist and a combative jam session player.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work as a hugely influential pianist, charismatic vocalist, and one of the most combative of all jam session players. Music includes Straighten Up and Fly Right, Nature Boy and the legendary After Midnight sessions.

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Stan Getz

Alyn Shipton and Dave Gelly select the best recordings by the great saxophonist Stan Getz.

Alyn Shipton is joined by biographer Dave Gelly to select the finest recordings by the great saxophonist Stan Getz, including some with the 1940s Woody Herman Orchestra.

To choose the finest recordings by Stan Getz, Alyn Shipton is joined by the great saxophonist's biographer Dave Gelly. Together, they pick the critical high points of Getz's work, from the 1940s Woody Herman Orchestra, through to his many small groups, and by way of the bossa nova craze to his final quartet of the 1980s.

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Soul Music

Series 7 Episode 2: So What

The impact of Miles Davis' 'So What' from his record 'Kind of Blue'.

4 Extra Debut. In 1959, trumpeter Miles Davis wrote 'So What' for his record 'Kind of Blue', the best-selling jazz album of all time. From September 2008.

Series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.

Telling the stories of some of the people whose lives have been affected by So What, the opening track on Miles Davis' seminal 1959 album Kind of Blue.

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Lionel Hampton

Alyn Shipton with career highlights of the great vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton.

Alyn Shipton is joined by critic and pianist Brian Priestley to select career highlights of the great swing era drummer, vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton.

Critic and pianist Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select recording highlights from the career of drummer, vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton, one of the greatest musicians of the swing era. Including his work with Benny Goodman, his many studio recordings from the 1930s and the regular working bands he led from the 1940s for the rest of his life.

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Keith Tippett

Pianist Keith Tippett joins Alyn Shipton to pick highlights of his recorded catalogue.

Pianist Keith Tippett joins Alyn Shipton to pick highlights of his recorded catalogue. His projects range from the 50-piece orchestra Centipede to smaller improvised solo concerts.

Pianist Keith Tippett is a musician of extraordinary breadth and vision. His projects range from the vast 50-piece orchestra Centipede - so large it had its own private plane for touring - to introspective improvised solo concerts. He joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of a recorded catalogue that spans over forty years, and which not only contains his ensembles large and small, but several surprises as well.

Keith Tippett is one of Britain's most inventive musicians, although nowadays he something of a prophet without honour in his own land, celebrated in Europe, but performing infrequently at home. This edition of Jazz Library demonstrates just what local audiences have been missing, in a fascinating spread of music in which Tippett handles sprawling big bands with the same sureness of touch as he applies to his own piano playing. The programme includes his large groups Tapestry, Ark and Centipede, his current band Mujician, the celebratory Dedication Orchestra which commemorates the cream of South African jazz players, and Keith's long musical partnership with his wife, Julie Tippetts, who was formerly known as the pop singer Julie Driscoll, with her top ten hit for Brian Auger "Wheels on Fire".

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John Altman joins Alyn Shipton to pick the best records by saxophonist Al Cohn.

Composer and saxophonist John Altman joins Alyn Shipton to pick the best records by saxophonist Al Cohn.

Composer and saxophonist John Altman joins Alyn Shipton to pick the best records by saxophonist Al Cohn. As well as his solos albums and his lengthy association with fellow tenorist Zoot Sims, the programme covers Cohn's work with Joe Newman and Freddie Green, and as an arranger for Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band.

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Bobby Wellins

Saxophonist Bobby Wellins joins Alyn Shipton to select his key recordings.

Glasgow born saxophonist Bobby Wellins joins Alyn Shipton at the 2011 Oxford Jazz Festival to select his key recordings.

Bobby Wellins joins Alyn Shipton at the Oxford Jazz Festival to select his key recordings.

The Glasgow-born saxophonist achieved stardom for his solo on Starless and Bible Black in Stan Tracey's Under Milk Wood. In conversation with Alyn Shipton at the Oxford Jazz Festival he discusses many other highlights from his recordings.

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Fats Waller

Humphrey Lyttelton and Martin Litton choose Jazz pianist Fats Waller's best recordings.

The jazz pianist Fats Waller produced some of the most joyous recordings in history. Humphrey Lyttelton and Martin Litton join Alyn Shipton for a guide to the best discs by Waller.

The jazz pianist Fats Waller was a larger than life personality and his ample form fills this Jazz Library podcast with some of the most joyous recordings in history. Humphrey Lyttelton and Martin Litton join Alyn Shipton for a guide to the best discs by Waller, both with his band - The Rhythm - and as a piano soloist.

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Art Farmer

Inventive and lyrical Trumpeter Art Farmer’s best recordings are selected by Ian Smith.

Inventive and lyrical jazz Trumpeter Art Farmer’s best recordings are selected by Ian Smith and Alyn Shipton. Including work with Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley.

Trumpeter Art Farmer was one of the most lyrical and inventive players in jazz. Alyn Shipton is joined by Ian Smith (who met and interviewed Farmer) to select his finest recordings, which include his work with Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley, as well as the many famous albums he made under his own name such as 'Farmer's Market'.

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Billie Holiday

Singer Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through Billie Holiday's best work.

Singer Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through the Billie Holiday’s best work. Billie Holiday's short life produced a remarkable recorded legacy, blending anguish with ecstasy.

Singer Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through the best work from Billie Holiday's early and late career. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers in jazz history, Billie Holiday's short life produced a remarkable recorded legacy, in which anguish blended with ecstasy as she sang of unrequited love. Her voice changed with age and hard living, and among the highlights are Good Morning Heartache, My Man and the emotional wasteland of Strange Fruit, a song about a Southern lynching.

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Sounding Out

B.B. King

B.B. King is filmed in Piccadilly recording his 'B.B. King in London' album. (1972)

First transmitted in 1972, B.B. King is filmed at a recording session in London where he talks about himself and the guitarists who have inspired him.

First transmitted in 1972, B.B. King is filmed at a recording session at Command Studios, Piccadilly, London during the sessions that led to the 'B.B. King in London' album. The blues legend talks about himself and the guitarists who have inspired him, including Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker.

Credits

Director
Charlie Gillett
Producer
Tony Cash
Performer
B.B. King
Participant
Paul Butler
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Errol Dixon
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Pete Wingfield
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John Best
Participant
Barry Ford

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