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In his first book Giants of Jazz (1957) Studs Terkel argued that jazz was essential to understanding and enjoying American culture and his radio show was visited by many the “giants” such as Louis Armstrong, Lil Armstrong, Oscar Brown Jr., Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Wynton Marsalis, Marian and Jimmy McPartland, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Henry Threadgill and hundreds more. In addition, Studs produced many thematic “DJ” programs that resonate with jazz and spoke with many jazz writers and artists inspired by jazz.