Thu April 18, 2013
The Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 3: World War II and It's Aftermath
Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, April 21 will feature “The Jazz History of St. Louis, Part 3: World War II and Its Aftermath." The period saw the formation of the George Hudson Orchestra and the early careers of Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Ernie Wilkins, Charles Fox, Chris Woods, Velma Middleton and Arvell Shaw. Some of the rare recordings include the recording debut of Wendell Marshall, two tunes recorded by Jimmy Forrest at the Bolo Club, a recording by the Tommy Dean Band, a V-disc recording by Clark Terry and His Section Eights, a recording made in St. Louis by the Cleanhead Vinson big band and a wartime broadcast from Jefferson Barracks by the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. During this period, new clubs opened such as the Glass Bar and Club Riviera, but they were soon feeling the pinch of the entertainment tax when the war ended and many closed. We will hear the voices of the people who made the history: Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Eddie Randle, Ernie Wilkins and Charlie Menees, who was the first jazz disc jockey in St. Louis.
Check out the historical photographs in the slide show.
The archive for this show will be available 24/7 up to April 29. Listen if you missed the show or want to hear it again.
Due to recording rights, the audio for this show has been removed. Audio is posted for two weeks after a show airs.
Here is a "Soundie" of the Jimmie Lunceford Orhestra doing Rhythm Is Our Business and Nagasaki in the 1930's.