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Music producer John Hammond and jazz critic for Down Beat magazine John McDonough discuss: Hammond's career; the artists he worked with; the artists he was the first to sign; social reform; and more. The following musical excerpts are played: "7 Come 11"; "Sauce"; "Talking Union"; "Blowing In the Wind"; "Today I Sing The Blues"; and "Live Embers".
Presenting music with music producer (impresario) John Hammond. The following topics were discussed: various recordings; his encounters with famous jazz musicians; the first time he met Billie Holiday; the song "Strange Fruit"; improvisation; racial reform; Bessie Smith's death; and uniting rural and urban artists. The following musical excerpts were played: "7 Come 11"; "This Years Kisses"; "Lady Be Good"; "Young Woman's Blues"; "What More Can Jesus Do"; and "Piney Brown Blues".
Marian McPartland discusses jazz music, her husband Jimmy McPartland, and her career.
Studs Terkel interviews jazz musician Anita O'Day.
Red Saunders discusses jazz music and jazz musicians.
Discussing jazz music with jazz vocalist and cabaret performer Spider Saloff. Spider Saloff discusses George and Ira Gershwin. Includes the songs "Fascinating Rhythm", "Ask Me Again", "Slap That Bass", "Lonely Boy", "Summertime", and "Vodka" written by George Gershwin and sung by Spider Saloff. Includes the song "I Want To Be Happy" written by Vincent Youmans and sung by Spider Saloff. Includes Spider Saloff singing her song "Alone In The Dark".
Studs Terkel continues to interview actress and singer Eartha Kitt. Part 2 of the interview begins with the song "Üsküdara", and ends with "Mountain High, Valley Low", both sung by Kitt. Kitt discusses the following; her career; her desire to entertain; her autobiography, "Thursday's Child"; her mothers death; the art of interacting with the audience; the femme fatale; her time with the Katherine Dunham Dancers; and her portrayl of Helen of Troy.
Studs Terkel interviews actress and singer Eartha Kitt. The program begins with a musical selections sung by Kitt, "C'est Si Bon". Kitt discusses the following; her career; how the songs she sings are interpreted and preferred by people of different nationalities; what led her to be an international star; her childhood; her meeting with Albert Einstein;
Studs Terkel continues to interview actress and singer Eartha Kitt. Part 3 of the interview begins with Kitt discussing the following; her career; her international travels; and linguistic abilities.
Interviewing ragtime pianist-composer Eubie Blake, Bill Bolcolm and Bob Kimball. They discuss the musical "Shuffle Along." Songs include "Gee I'm Glad I'm From Dixie," "Dream Rag," "Brittwood Rag," "He May Be Your Man," "Brass Knuckles," and "Memories of You."
Marian McPartland discusses her career, the role of women in jazz, and jazz music.
Discussing the book "The New Grove Dictionary of American Music". They talk about American music and musicians of all kinds and from different periods. Includes Charles Ive's song "At the River" sung by Cleo Laine in the middle of the program.
Brick Top discusses her career, her colleagues, and the jazz scene.
Studs Terkel interviews Mary Lou Williams and her manager, Father Peter O'Brien. They discuss music, musicians, and instruments. Some clips of piano music playing at the end.