History

July 23, 1947 – Postwar Europe – A Delicate Madness –

Click on the Link: News for July 23, 1947 News for this July 23rd in 1947 had to do with the delicate balance being struck throughout postwar Europe, and fears the unity was falling apart. The Big Three Conference was underway with discussions regarding the proposed Marshall Plan and the...

Max Roach – Live At Vienna Jazz Fest – 1994 – Past Daily Downbeat

Click on the Link: Max Roach – Live at the Vienna Jazz Fest 1994 Over to Austria this week for a concert by the legendary Drummer/Percussionist Max Roach, recorded live at the Vienna JazzFest on July 8, 1994. Here’s what’s/who’s on the set: MAX ROACH QUARTET Cecil Bridgewater (tp) Odean...

“Is America Anti-Intellectual?” – 1959 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

You’d think, after a half a century, a subject like this would be a moot point. Problem recognized. Problem addressed. Problem solved. But sadly, no. If anything, the problem has only become magnified, these past 53 years. And rather than listen to this broadcast with a sense of quaint antiquity,...

The Temptations – 1970 – Nights At The Roundtable

Click on the Link: The Temptations – Ball Of Confusion – 1970 Forty-two years ago The Temptations summed it all up with Ball Of Confusion. Forty-two years later, they’re still summing it up. The ball of confusion stays the same. Turn it up and dig the words.

America: The Vision And The Violence – 1969 – Past Daily Reference Room

With the news beginning this morning, and the updated reports concerning the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado throughout the day, I’m reminded of how all-too-familiar this seems. How it has repeated over and over throughout the years. How violence, senseless acts of carnage, seem to be almost...

End Of An Era – July 18, 1965

The news for this week, ending on July 18, 1965 was rather sudden and sad. Former Governor, Presidential Candidate and United Nations Representative Adlai Stevenson collapsed and died of a massive heart attack on a London street, after speaking at a UN Conference there. The shock quickly spread throughout the...

Kansas City Under Water – July 17, 1951

The main news on this July 17th in 1951 was about the devastating floods that swept over Kansas City, submerging some 2 million acres and causing an untold amount of damage and loss of life. On the day of this newscast, President Truman had finished a tour of the disaster...

Andrè Cluytens – At The 1949 Besancon Festival – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Another recording from the 1949 Besancon Festival. This week, a live performance of Florent Schmitt’s La Tragèdie de Salomè featuring the legendary French/Belgian conductor Andrè Cluytens leading the Paris Conservatory Orchestra. Schmitt has slipped a bit in popularity over the years – his works aren’t played all that much in...

Tal Farlow Trio + Marian McPartland Trio – Live From The Composers On 58th Street In Manhattan – 1956. Past Daily Downbeat.

Tal Farlow – Marian McPartland – Live At The Composers Club – July 23,1956 Live Jazz of the 50’s this week, via the All-Star Parade of Bands series from NBC Radio, broadcast on April 23, 1956. Featuring legendary Guitarist Tal Farlow and his Trio and Marian McPartland and her Trio,...

Cities On The Edge – 1975

With the latest reports of several towns in California filing for bankruptcy, and the growing problem of cities in default nationwide, I was reminded of the last time such a wave occurred. The 1970’s were a particularly harrowing period for the American city. Most famously was the economic crisis that...