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R.I.P. Harry Abraham


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Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:46 PM

Thanks to Tom Marcello for posting this link on Facebook. Back in the late 1960s-1970s I listened religiously (yes, I think that's the right word) to "The Best of All Possible Worlds" on clear-channel WHAM-AM from Rochester. Harry Abraham was one of my role-models (perhaps the major one) in how I approach doing radio. R.I.P. to a master broadcaster.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:38 PM

RIP Harry Abraham.
Here with Freddie Hubbard in Rochester, N.Y.
June, 1976.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 02:30 AM

When I was in high school in the early 70s, Harry Abraham's show would carry loud and clear all the way in Dallas in the middle of the night. making it very hard to go to sleep.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:45 PM

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:32 PM

For those of us who never heard him, what was his approach to jazz radio, what made him special?

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 05:34 PM

For many it was he was available late at night and played "real" jazz. There was a time when fans of a certain age spun the dial looking for something good.

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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

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:36 AM

I knew Harry Abraham slightly when he and I both lived in Rochester,NY. Hung out with him a couple of times.
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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