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Jazz from the Tradition

Recorded Jazz from the beginning (1917) to roughly 1947, which marks the unofficial end of the Big Band Era. This template is based on the long running NPR program, Jazz Revisited.  Of course, if an artist (Armstrong, Basie, Ellington, etc) lived and recorded into more recent times, that music is also playable.

Artists played

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Jimmie Lunceford, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Condon (and the "usual suspects"), Billie Holiday, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa.

On the air

Sunday, Noon–2 p.m.


  • Fred Nelson »
    Nelson has been doing the show since 2004, at first as an understudy to Dave Walker. At the age of 10, Nelson had the opportunity to see Louis Armstrong live, and it changed his life musically: he became a devotee of music that was, mostly, recorded before he was born.
    Although he's now retired, he is about twenty years younger than he should be to be a big fan of old jazz. When younger, he used to search through the piles of 78 RPMs in the junk shops, since, at that time, very little of this music had been reissued. Now that reissues have become a big business, it's much easier to search Amazon, Borders, and Collectors Choice. Nelson and WNMC are always on the lookout for more music from this period.

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