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"Jazz From Storyville" on Night Lights

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On a recent Night Lights show Boston jazz historian Richard Vacca revisits George Wein's 1950s nightclub with me.  Broadcast performances from Charlie Parker, Lee Wiley, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, and more, including a Storyville reading list and basic discography:

Jazz From Storyville

 

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Good to see Richard Vacca's book mentioned. I think it is one that unfortuntely is not given much thought when regional jazz histoires are evoked. It took me a while to really get into the book - his coverage of the pre-war years somehow drag on a little, as if the author could not really connect to the subject matter. Maybe there were too few major acts to cover (which would not have kept others from doing in-depth coverage - see "Before Motown" on Detroit, for example) but once the history reaches the post-war years the story really gets off the ground and I found the book hard to put down (though I have no personal connection to Boston whatsoever, obviously ... but rather see the interest of books like this in filling gaps in the history of jazz by covering regions off the usual places).

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