21 Jan 2015

A Short History of Jazz - The 1940s (Bebop)

Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea 'speakeasy' in August 2014, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the early 1900s, up until the late 1950s.

Some of New Zealand’s greatest jazz thinkers and players, all current lecturers and graduates of the New Zealand School of Music tell - and perform - the story of the jazz, demonstrating how it developed structurally and harmonically.

This episode, hosted by Lex French, focuses on the 1940s and bebop jazz, also known at the time as ‘modern jazz’, or to Charlie Parker, simply “music”. Bebop saw musicians moving away from providing music to dance to, towards music to listen to - showcasing their virtuosity and improvisation.

The band - Lex French, Bryn van Vliet, Reuben Bradley, Janelle Salisbury and Anita Schwabe provides musical illustration.

Music Details

Night In Tunisia (Gillespie)
What Is This Thing Called Love (Porter)
Hothouse (Dameron)
Donna Lee (Davis)
Blues For Alice (Parker)
Lover Man
How High The Moon (Lewis / Hamilton)
Ornithology (Parker)
I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
Rhythmining (Monk)