Guy Rathbun

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Recent Pieces from Guy Rathbun

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The Pied Pipers of Chicago (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The 1920s were a exciting time for jazz in Chicago. While all jazz musicians played crucial roles in shaping a style that took on the name of the city, clarinetists faced ...
Caption: Omer Simeon

The Pied Pipers of New Orleans (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The story of early jazz clarinetists is a fascinating journey through the evolution of jazz. Not only did it play a crucial role in shaping the distinctive sound of the ...
Caption: Lil Armstrong

When Jazz Was Immoral (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

the 1920s the watchful eye of a moralist group of private citizens known as the Chicago Vigilance Committee delivered an urgent message to the public that emphatically ...
Caption: Bertha "Chippie" Hill

An Age of Contradictions (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The 1920s propelled America into the 20th Century, marked by a stark division between the 'haves' and 'have-nots.' It was during this era that jazz, a genre known for its ...
Caption: Chick Webb

NYC Style (or a Tale of Two Cities) (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

As jazz moved from Chicago to the Northeast an innovative presence was heard. Still embedded in the roots of New Orleans, New York added an element of sophistication and ...
Caption: Graystone playbill c.1929

Motor City Breakdown (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Detroit played a significant role in the development and popularization of jazz during the 1920s. The city's vibrant music scene and cultural environment contributed to the ...
Caption: Johnny Dedroit's Band, Credit: c. 1926

Melody & Rhythm (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

In jazz of the 1920s, melody is defined by improvisation and the blue notes. Rhythm is characterized by syncopation and provided a dynamic foundation for jazz. It also fueled ...
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The Three Tenors (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

This is not about opera. Instead, it’s the early history of three pioneering saxophonists 1920s and ‘30s that had a major impact on the future of jazz: Colman Hawkins, Ben ...
Caption: Earl Hines

New Year's Eve in the Windy City (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

During the first half of the 1920s, Chicago took center stage in the world of jazz. This era proved to be a highly innovative time for young musicians, who had ample venues ...
Caption: British Biscuit Tin c.1920

A Jazzy Christmas (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Jazz and Christmas were not really considered well suited in the early 1920s. Eventually, as jazz became more popular, a perfect partnership evolved. A slow evolution that ...