Werner Burkhardt, German music journalist, critic, and translator, discusses his life and work with Studs. Mr Burkhardt speaks about his life during the time of Adolph Hitler, the Hitler Youth, and World War II. They end the interview talking about Jazz in Munich, a recording of "My Man" by Billie Holiday closes the interview.
Content Warning: This conversation includes racially and/or culturally derogatory language and/or negative depictions of Black and Indigenous people of color, women, and LGBTQI+ individuals. Rather than remove this content, we present it in the context of twentieth-century social history to acknowledge and learn from its impact and to inspire awareness and discussion. The conversation continues with Studs talking to the group about their futures. They say they're happiest when playing their music.
Interviewing tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and jazz promoter and critic Penny Tyler.
While their works and forte is classical music, Roger Detmer and Virgil Thomson talk about tape and electronic music. Detmer points out that in some eastern European countries, tape is considered pasee, and yet it's used often to recreate a sound to be used with their orchestras. Both men talk about electronic music and how it's sometimes used to make hand-made music sound artificial.
Ralph Ellison, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for his book "Invisible Man," discusses his early life and education and his life as a writer and lifetime scholar. He speaks on being a musician (trumpet), the joy of music and the Church and how they fit into the lives of African Americans.
Studs Terkel interviews composer Ned Rorem. They discuss Rorem's childhood, music, poetry, languages, and religion.
Art critic Linda Winer discusses her Chicago Tribune series on Cuba social culture and political conditions, especially in regards to dance companies. Studs plays a live version of "Guantanamera" - Pete Seeger (1963), "Canto Para Elegua" - Grupo Folklorico de Cuba, and “Canto a Wamba” - El Conjunto Experimental Santero.
Interviewing editor and Chicago Tribune jazz critic Jack Fuller.
Joachim Kaiser discusses critiquing German music and how the music scene in Germany has changed. Studs Terkel in Germany.
Chicago Tribune jazz critic Harriet Choice plays and discusses some favorite records from her own personal collection with Studs Terkel.