. . .and so it begins.

. . .and so it begins.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Radio Warsaw, Radio Berlin, BBC Home Service – reports – September 1, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

75 years ago today began what eventually became the start of World War 2. On September 1, 1939 German troops crossed the border into Poland, ending months-long speculation and diplomatic wrangling over the outcome of a land dispute between Warsaw and Berlin.

Although the U.S. wouldn’t actively take part in the shooting war for another two years, the rest of Europe was plunged into the conflict, with Britain’s Prime Minister Chamberlain declaring a state of war existed between Berlin and London and other countries following suit. The Axis Pact of Hitler, Mussolini and Japan’s Tojo (along with a tacit and tenuous alliance with Soviet Russia) aligned themselves against France, Britain, Belgium, Holland and the others. Some 21 years after the end of the First World War, a Second World War was now underway.

As events unfolded quickly, here is an extract from the first few hours of the conflict, via the English services of Radio Warsaw, Radio Moscow and Radio Berlin and the Home Service of the BBC, as heard on September 1, 1939.

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Labor then.

Labor then.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – President Roosevelt – Labor Day Message – September 1, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

As a reminder that, even though today is a holiday, it’s because of the efforts of labor and the struggles of those workers to achieve fair and equitable rights and decent wages for all that we celebrate those efforts.

Labor Unions have been around for a reason. Contrary to what you may have heard, Labor Unions came about as the direct result of poor and unsafe working conditions, no minimum wage, no time off, child labor, unspecified working hours and no medical benefits.

And even though there have been movements afoot to gut those basic provisions, labor remains a strong force in the workplace.

In 1941, Labor was an integral part of the American way of life. And on Labor Day of that year, President Roosevelt gave a radio address, acknowledging the struggles and accomplishments of the Labor Movement in America.

So even though it’s a time off, last vacation before Thanksgiving and the end of Summer, it’s still a day for reflection on how most everything that has been achieved in this country has been through struggle and sacrifice.

True in 1941 – true now.

Here is FDR’s Labor Day Address, as given on September 1, 1941

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Pat Martino - a warm blanket of cool and mellow.

Pat Martino – a warm blanket of heady and mellow.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Pat Martino Trio – In Concert at Lotos Jazz Festival – Feb. 20, 2014 – Polskie Radio

Something different tonight. I ran across this concert by Guitar legend Pat Martino, recorded at the 2014 Lotos Jazz Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. With Pat Bianchi on Organ and Carmen Intorre on drums.

Pat Martino has had a remarkable career since the 1960s, collaborating with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Willis Jackson. A near fatal aneurysm left him unable to play in 1980. But after an extended recovery, which included re-learning to play the guitar, he picked up where he left off and has resumed a busy recording and performing schedule ever since. With some 35 albums to his credit, Pat Martino hasn’t slowed down – his itinerary for this year alone has him criss-crossing the country and doing a tour of Europe until October of this year before heading back to the states.

Here’s a taste of what he’s been up to – a shade under 90 minutes, but a real treat and a solid groove.

Heading into the Holiday it’s a perfect segue.

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Victoria de Los Angeles -  casting a spell over the audience with Berlioz.

Victoria de Los Angeles – casting a spell over the audience with Berlioz.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Boston Symphony In concert – Charles Munch, Cond. – Victoria de Los Angeles, Soprano – April 9, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

While we’re still working on more BSO rehearsals, we unearthed a concert you might enjoy. It features the venerable Charles Munch at the helm, with Spanish Soprano Victoria de Los Angeles in a program of music by Mozart and Berlioz.

Starting off with Mozart’s Symphony Number 39 in e-Flat Major, and ending with Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été. It’s only an hour, but that was the time allotted for this weekly broadcast of the BSO, from April 9, 1955 via Ben Grauer and the NBC Radio Network.

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And we're serious about the mountains of history we have to restore!

And we’re serious about the mountains of history we have to restore just this week alone!

Bringing the message to Tokyo.

Bringing the message to Tokyo.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Miles Davis Quintet – Live at Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo – July 12, 1964 – NHK Radio – Tokyo

Classic Miles Davis this weekend. His Quintet, featuring Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and Sam Rivers live in Tokyo and recorded at Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall in Tokyo on July 12, 1964.

Fans no doubt have this, and probably everything Miles Davis has ever done. Just about every whole note, half note and quarter note Miles Davis ever did has been unearthed, dissected and shared all over the world. But this is a great concert, recorded during a particularly productive time for Davis. And it goes great with Sunday.

Relax and turn it up.

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You'd think, after all these years . . . . .

You’d think, after all these years . . . . .

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio – Virginia Integration – August 31, 1958 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Four years after the passage of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the question of school integration, or any civil rights legislation for that matter, was still hotly contested and violently opposed throughout the South.

Some 48 hours earlier, 17 Black Students were assigned to formerly all-white schools in Norfolk Virginia. But the School board asked the Federal Court in Virginia for a 1-year delay before the students could actually attend classes. Similar appeals were simultaneously filed all over the state of Virginia. Since 1954, when the Supreme Court called for all schools to be desegregated with “all possible speed” in the elimination of segregation in Public Schools. In that time, some 770 school districts out of 3,000 have complied with the ruling and have moved toward limited integration. In Virginia, many schools were considering postponing school openings until the Supreme Court acted on the Little Rock Arkansas integration delay. The Supreme Court was expected to rule on September 11. But in the meantime, drama was being played out all over Virginia. But it should be noted, as it is in this broadcast, there was also resistance to closing the schools – a movement was afoot to keeping the schools open at all costs; that these delays were staving off the inevitable and that integration was a fact of life.

This Documentary, narrated by Walter Cronkite, looks at the massive resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia and how it has reverberated throughout the South and its implications for the Civil Rights Movement in general. It was first broadcast on August 31, 1958.

Further evidence the Civil Rights Movement in America has been no walk in the park – and that even some 56 years later, proof that old habits die hard.

Here is that documentary, produced by CBS Radio on August 31, 1958.

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The Saints - Straight outta Brisbane.

The Saints – Straight outta Brisbane.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Saints – Live At The Hope & Anchor, London – November 26, 1977

When Punk exploded on the music scene in the mid-1970s, its reverberations were felt all over the Western World almost overnight. The look, the attitude and the sound were being generated in just about every corner from West Berlin to Sydney. And many of those bands migrated to London, if even for a brief period, to soak up the heady and beer-drenched atmosphere where it was all happening, at least on that side of the Atlantic.

One of those bands was The Saints, imported all the way from Brisbane Australia. The Saints quickly got a reputation for being one of the best of the worldwide crop and a band to be on the lookout for.

Witness their London Tour of 1977 which featured this live performance from The Hope & Anchor, recorded on November 26, 1977. Still riding high on a popularity wave, with the release of their debut album and their smash hit This Perfect Day, the band runs through a turbo-charged 43 minutes, from which many people at the time considered them to be one of the best Punk bands on the scene.

Still together, even though the lineup has changed dramatically over the years, this sampling of their formative period leaves no doubt as to how good they were and how important they became in the grand scheme of things.

And even if they don’t sound all that familiar to you – The Saints were a band with a lot going for them, and this memorable gig from 1977 gives you plenty of reasons why.

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