Guy Rathbun

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Recent Pieces from Guy Rathbun

Caption: Jelly Roll Morton

The Schools of Jazz (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Although it’s understood that Jazz was born in New Orleans, its siblings did not stay in the Crescent City. First, they migrated to Chicago. Then it was on to New York City. ...
Caption: Spirits of Rhythm

Language of Jazz (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

An often times ignored facet of jazz is its hidden language … or “jazz speak”. The music wasn't just about the notes on the page but the language that accompanied it, ...
Caption: Duke Ellington

Splits (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

As jazz became popular in the 1920s, commercial orchestras began infusing elements of the new music into their arrangements. The change immediately created an argument ...
Caption: Jack Purvis

Individualistic (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Trumpet artist Jack Purvis made his solo debut in 1929 to considerable acclaim. But, the potential of his lustrous career (albeit brief) never quite materialized. His ...
Caption: '20s Chicago

Windy City Decendants (58:56)
From: Guy Rathbun

Guitarist Eddie Condon is quoted as saying that there was so much music in Chicago’s South Side in the 1920s, “you could hold a musical instrument in the air and hear music ...
Caption: Miff Mole

Hot Chamber Music (58:59)
From: Guy Rathbun

In 1917, New York became a hub of jazz activity. At the center of that universe sits Reisenweber’s Restaurant and nightclub at the intersection of Eight and 58th Street. ...
Caption: Perry Bradford

The Jazz Phools (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

When the aging jazz artist was hospitalized, his doctors thought they should get some background information on his life, and he told them that he had written more than `1000 ...
Caption: Count Basie

The Count (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

He was one of the all-time greats in early jazz. Bandleader, composer, pianist, who got his start in vaudeville. He became the first African American male recipient of a ...
Caption: Duke Ellington

Duke Steps Out (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

It seems that jazz developed an affinity for royalty in its earliest years. First the was the “King of the Zulu” and King and Queen of the Mardi Gras. In the late 1800s, ...
Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller

The Organ Maestro (58:59)
From: Guy Rathbun

He was the first jazz organist. In many ways, it’s his alter ego. He wanted his legacy to be tied to his serious side. But, he was also the embodiment of humor. That’s how he ...