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Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

Michael Garrick

Pianist, composer and educator, Michael Garrick (1933-2011) blended jazz with poetry, Indian music and the church, adventure and whimsy, in cutting-edge work with the likes of Joe Harriott, Ian Carr and Norma Winstone. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a stellar British career.

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Billie Holiday’s later recordings

Geoffrey Smith surveys the great vocalist Billie Holiday’s later recordings, which featured more ballads and darker moods than her earlier swing records

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Ellington in Fargo

In 1940, local radio recorded the Duke Ellington band live in Fargo, North Dakota, capturing a legendary ensemble at its spontaneous best. Geoffrey Smith compares ducal classics on the road and in the studio

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Louis Jordan

Geoffrey Smith invites you to party with the joyful jump band of saxophonist-singer Louis Jordan (1908-75). Immortalized in the West End hit Five Guys Named Moe, Jordan was the king of American jive.

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Jelly Roll Morton

Geoffrey Smith selects tracks by the pianist, composer and band leader Jelly Roll Morton

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Christmas Miscellany

Looking forward to Christmas and back over 2018, Geoffrey Smith presents his seasonal miscellany, featuring festive treats from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, John Coltrane and Woody Herman, plus a madcap Jingle Bells by scat-master Leo Watson.

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Re-discovered Erroll Garner

Famed as “the most happy piano”, Erroll Garner (1921-77) has continued to delight fans with newly-discovered recordings of studio sessions and concerts. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from these welcome additions to the joyous Garner legacy.

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Jim Hall

A survey of the distinguished career of guitarist Jim Hall

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Abdullah Ibrahim

Geoffrey Smith explores recordings of South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim

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