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Jazz Club USA

Hosted by the authoritative Jazz reporter Leonard Feather, this US propaganda broadcasting service by Voice of America was an effort to spread the inherent goodness of American culture.

36 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 17 hours, 53 min)
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Jane and Leonard Feather with Duke Ellington
By 1951, the US propaganda broadcasting service, the Voice of America, had become an important "weapon" of the Cold War. The battle of the airwaves would be fought, not only with words, but with great American music.

The roots of VOA predate the Second World War, when the FCC began enforcing the State Department's "Good Neighbor Policy" in 1939 by regulating the broadcasts of NBC's "White Network" international service and CBS's Latin American networks. In 1940, shortwave broadcasts to Latin America were being used to counter Nazi propaganda. In 1942, VOA began broadcasting directly to Germany, promising that "we will be with you from America to talk about the war. . . . The news may be good or bad for us – We will always tell you the truth".

 Ellington Billie and Leonard FeatherAfter the War, there was debate within the government on how best to use VOA, although it was generally agreed that it could be a valuable tool to counter Soviet propaganda. Part of the effort to spread the inherent goodness of American culture was the weekly Jazz Club USA program, hosted by the authoritative Jazz reporter Leonard Feather.

Feather was born in London in 1914, and taught himself to play piano and clarinet at an early age. He began writing about jazz and film in his late teens. He settled in New York City in 1939 where he worked as a record producer and jazz reporter for Metronome magazine. Later, he would serve as chief jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times.

Although Feather was acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz (his The New Encyclopedia of Jazz is considered a cornerstone of jazz historiography), he was an ardent proponent of new Jazz and an early promoter of Be-Bop.

Jazz Club USA is a study of the various forms of jazz, but it is more than just an educational program. Feather opens the program with "Greetings and Modulations" and never lets the audience forget that the music is the most important thing.

VOA's choice of Leonard Feather as host of Jazz Club USA is interesting, as the programs were recorded the same year that students in Virginia began the protest which would be the basis for Brown vs The Board of Education. Feather was a tireless advocate of civil rights, and helped to eliminate the Jim Crow regulations in the music and movie industries.

In spite of his activism and critical feelings, Jazz Club USA does a remarkable job of presenting all forms of jazz, from slave era spirituals to Be-bop, from Dixieland to Swing, it is all presented as America's music in Jazz Club USA.

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    total playtime 17 hours, 53 min
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      36 shows - total playtime 17 hours 53 minutes
      1. Jazz Club USA 01 501224.mp3
      2. Jazz Club USA 02 501231.mp3
      3. Jazz Club USA 03 510107 Strings.mp3
      4. Jazz Club USA 04 510114 Tenor Sax.mp3
      5. Jazz Club USA 05 510121.mp3
      6. Jazz Club USA 06 510128 Carnegie Hall 1949.mp3
      7. Jazz Club USA 07 510214 Piano.mp3
      8. Jazz Club USA 08 510211 Holiday, Fitzgerald, Vaughan.mp3
      9. Jazz Club USA 09 510225 Clarinet.mp3
      10. Jazz Club USA 10 510304 Duke At Met 1.mp3
      11. Jazz Club USA 11 510311 Trombone.mp3
      12. Jazz Club USA 12 510318 Women In Jazz.mp3
      13. Jazz Club USA 13 510325 Duke At Met 2.mp3
      14. Jazz Club USA 14 510401 Savoy Ballroom.mp3
      15. Jazz Club USA 15 510408 Dixieland Session.mp3
      16. Jazz Club USA 16 510415 Poll Winners 1.mp3
      17. Jazz Club USA 17 510422 Poll Winners.mp3
      18. Jazz Club USA 18 510429 Town Hall Concert.mp3
      19. Jazz Club USA 21 510520 Young Musicians.mp3
      20. Jazz Club USA 22 510527 Guitar.mp3
      21. Jazz Club USA 23 510603 Jatp.mp3
      22. Jazz Club USA 24 510610 Empress Club.mp3
      23. Jazz Club USA 25 510617 Count Basie.mp3
      24. Jazz Club USA 26 510624 Birdland.mp3
      25. Jazz Club USA 40 520000 Carnegie Hall.mp3
      26. Jazz Club USA 41 520000 Ellington + Hodges.mp3
      27. Jazz Club USA 42 520000 Arnett Cobb + Lester Young.mp3
      28. Jazz Club USA 43 520000 Stan Kenton.mp3
      29. Jazz Club USA 44 520000 Keyboard.mp3
      30. Jazz Club USA 45 520000 Woody Herman.mp3
      31. Jazz Club USA 46 520000 Jazz At Storyville.mp3
      32. Jazz Club USA 47 520000 Tenor Sax.mp3
      33. Jazz Club USA 49 520000.mp3
      34. Jazz Club USA 50 520000 Birdland.mp3
      35. Jazz Club USA 51 520000 Louis Armstrong In Concert.mp3
      36. Jazz Club USA 52 520000.mp3
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      36 shows - total playtime 17 hours 53 minutes
      1. Jazz Club USA 01 501224.mp3
      2. Jazz Club USA 02 501231.mp3
      3. Jazz Club USA 03 510107 Strings.mp3
      4. Jazz Club USA 04 510114 Tenor Sax.mp3
      5. Jazz Club USA 05 510121.mp3
      6. Jazz Club USA 06 510128 Carnegie Hall 1949.mp3
      7. Jazz Club USA 07 510214 Piano.mp3
      8. Jazz Club USA 08 510211 Holiday, Fitzgerald, Vaughan.mp3
      9. Jazz Club USA 09 510225 Clarinet.mp3
      10. Jazz Club USA 10 510304 Duke At Met 1.mp3
      11. Jazz Club USA 11 510311 Trombone.mp3
      12. Jazz Club USA 12 510318 Women In Jazz.mp3
      13. Jazz Club USA 13 510325 Duke At Met 2.mp3
      14. Jazz Club USA 14 510401 Savoy Ballroom.mp3
      15. Jazz Club USA 15 510408 Dixieland Session.mp3
      16. Jazz Club USA 16 510415 Poll Winners 1.mp3
      17. Jazz Club USA 17 510422 Poll Winners.mp3
      18. Jazz Club USA 18 510429 Town Hall Concert.mp3
      19. Jazz Club USA 21 510520 Young Musicians.mp3
      20. Jazz Club USA 22 510527 Guitar.mp3
      21. Jazz Club USA 23 510603 Jatp.mp3
      22. Jazz Club USA 24 510610 Empress Club.mp3
      23. Jazz Club USA 25 510617 Count Basie.mp3
      24. Jazz Club USA 26 510624 Birdland.mp3
      25. Jazz Club USA 40 520000 Carnegie Hall.mp3
      26. Jazz Club USA 41 520000 Ellington + Hodges.mp3
      27. Jazz Club USA 42 520000 Arnett Cobb + Lester Young.mp3
      28. Jazz Club USA 43 520000 Stan Kenton.mp3
      29. Jazz Club USA 44 520000 Keyboard.mp3
      30. Jazz Club USA 45 520000 Woody Herman.mp3
      31. Jazz Club USA 46 520000 Jazz At Storyville.mp3
      32. Jazz Club USA 47 520000 Tenor Sax.mp3
      33. Jazz Club USA 49 520000.mp3
      34. Jazz Club USA 50 520000 Birdland.mp3
      35. Jazz Club USA 51 520000 Louis Armstrong In Concert.mp3
      36. Jazz Club USA 52 520000.mp3
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    36 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 53 min

    Jazz Club USA Disc A001

    1. Jazz Club USA 01 501224
    2. Jazz Club USA 02 501231

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A002

    1. Jazz Club USA 03 510107 Strings
    2. Jazz Club USA 04 510114 Tenor Sax

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A003

    1. Jazz Club USA 05 510121
    2. Jazz Club USA 06 510128 Carnegie Hall 1949

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A004

    1. Jazz Club USA 08 510211 Holiday, Fitzgerald, Vaughan
    2. Jazz Club USA 07 510214 Piano

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A005

    1. Jazz Club USA 09 510225 Clarinet
    2. Jazz Club USA 10 510304 Duke At Met 1

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A006

    1. Jazz Club USA 11 510311 Trombone
    2. Jazz Club USA 12 510318 Women In Jazz

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A007

    1. Jazz Club USA 13 510325 Duke At Met 2
    2. Jazz Club USA 14 510401 Savoy Ballroom

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A008

    1. Jazz Club USA 15 510408 Dixieland Session
    2. Jazz Club USA 16 510415 Poll Winners 1

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A009

    1. Jazz Club USA 17 510422 Poll Winners
    2. Jazz Club USA 18 510429 Town Hall Concert

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A010

    1. Jazz Club USA 21 510520 Young Musicians
    2. Jazz Club USA 22 510527 Guitar

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A011

    1. Jazz Club USA 23 510603 Jatp
    2. Jazz Club USA 24 510610 Empress Club

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A012

    1. Jazz Club USA 25 510617 Count Basie
    2. Jazz Club USA 26 510624 Birdland

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A013

    1. Jazz Club USA 40 520000 Carnegie Hall
    2. Jazz Club USA 41 520000 Ellington + Hodges

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A014

    1. Jazz Club USA 42 520000 Arnett Cobb + Lester Young
    2. Jazz Club USA 43 520000 Stan Kenton

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A015

    1. Jazz Club USA 44 520000 Keyboard
    2. Jazz Club USA 45 520000 Woody Herman

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A016

    1. Jazz Club USA 46 520000 Jazz At Storyville
    2. Jazz Club USA 47 520000 Tenor Sax

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A017

    1. Jazz Club USA 49 520000
    2. Jazz Club USA 50 520000 Birdland

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    Jazz Club USA Disc A018

    1. Jazz Club USA 51 520000 Louis Armstrong In Concert
    2. Jazz Club USA 52 520000

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