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More great jazz, with a focus on the East Bay Revival

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I exchanged emails with Dave Redlauer, the man behind Jazz Rhythms, and he pointed to the Stanford University Libraries online collection of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. Dave was responsible for the section The East Bay Sound. (Full disclosure: The Wife works for Stanford Public Libraries.)

Watch, for example, The Great Revival, which gives a brief history of the Lu Watters and Turk Murphy story. I like the Turk Murphy band a lot and had quite a collection, and I particularly liked vocalist that sang briefly with him: Claire Austin. She was a walk-on — just asked if she could single a number with the band. She was really good, and her training, as I recall reading, was singing Billie Holiday songs while ironing. She eventually decided not to continue with the band — she lived in Sacramento, so it was quite a drive to be with the band in San Francisco — and returned to be a housewife.

But that apparently was not the end of the story. I was searching to see if one of her songs I particularly like, “Oh Daddy,” was available online, and I found that she has a few albums on Spotify, including that song. She’s also well represented on YouTube. This video is sorely lacking in credits in the notes, but this was recorded with the Turk Murphy (note tuba, for example).

Dave wrote:

Here’s a behind the scenes peek.  The website is way overdue for updating.  I’ve been building it out since before 2000, but in real earnest since about 2010.

The last few years most of my energy has been going into the articles I’m publishing at Syncopated Times, Dagogo and other publications both online and print — about 100 during the last decade.  Those narratives are based on some of my best programs and pages — oftentimes highlighted with audio clips from the relevant shows.

Then I recycle that writing back onto the webpages.  Most recently Ellington Live, James P. Johnson, Billie Holiday, Buddy Bolden, Bunny Berigan, Buck Clayton, Frank Goudie in Paris 1924-39, and so forth.  The web pages are more modular and non-linear, trying to catch the eye or ear with episodic chunks or features.  And the pages serve as a showcase for the complete radio programs.  But in the end pages are more compete and in-depth that the articles.

Keeping a website of this size is like tending a garden — seasonal weeding, pruning and nutrition; finding areas that need reorganization or overhaul.  Frankly, some of the writing goes back decades and is not up to my current standards, although all the radio programs are.

Most of the syndicated programs were produced between about 1998-2010 (excluding the vintage pre-syndication stuff from the local series on KALW).  They are still being broadcast on a handful of, mostly, low-power or online affiliates.   Even when I had NPR stations, it was no more than about a dozen at a time.

Lastly, the materials I’ve donated in a special collection at the Stanford Libraries archives [The Dave Radlauer Jazz Collection at Stanford Libraries — Braun Music Library – LG] cannot be referenced or accessed online . . . yet.  But I did contribute to Stanford’s public-facing interface for a related online collection of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation, the section and articles found under the heading The East Bay Sound.

Written by Leisureguy

23 April 2020 at 12:36 pm

Posted in Jazz

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