R.I.P. Harry Abraham
Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:46 PM
Harry Abraham remembrance...
Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:38 PM
Here with Freddie Hubbard in Rochester, N.Y.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 02:30 AM
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 05:34 PM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:18 PM
For those of us who never heard him, what was his approach to jazz radio, what made him special?
Harry only played new releases for the most part. In those days there weren't as many as today.
He opened up the show with a prerecorded introduction (with music by Yusef Lateef), and during the time he talked, there was a solo piano piece that Les McCan recorded in the studio, that played in the background.
He was knowledgeable and opinionated, but always laid back. He told all about the release as far as sidemen, label and recording date, so he taught many listeners about who was on the scene. That's something that's rare today.
Here are some links:
Harry at WHAM
The Best of all Possible Worlds introduction
Harry Abraham on Jazz Radio Programing
Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:36 AM
Unfortunately, after Harry left Rochester he got into serious trouble - involved in bank robbery - and I believe spent time in prison.
Harry and Will Moyle were the two major jazz voices on the radio in Rochester back then.
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