. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Radio: Stars In Jazz from Birdland – September 4, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Heading back to the 50s this weekend. The first of a series of broadcasts coming from Birdland on 53nd Street and Broadway in New York City. The Roy Eldridge/Coleman Hawkins All-Stars, featuring Art Blakey on drums and Curly Russell on bass. The second half of this half-hour (way too short) program is given over to newcomer vocalist Arthur Prysock who is joined by (I am 90% certain) Horace Silver on piano and possibly Art Blakey on drums. This was the opening show of the series from September 4, 1952.
Considering how radio used to broadcast these get-togethers weekly, it’s difficult to imagine them being taken for granted, but this was a typical Tuesday night, coast-to-coast. Man, things have changed.
But we’ve got it here now, and you can listen to it any time you want.