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Music for Moderns

Featuring Chicago Jazz which was generally more sophisticated than New Orleans and the Dixieland sound but placed a stronger emphasis on individual improvisation.

13 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 28 min)
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BluenoteSeveral elements came together during the early decades of the Twentieth century to create what would be known as Chicago Jazz. The most obvious and most important was the great migration of rural African Americans from the South seeking better economic opportunity. Dixieland or Hot Jazz also moved north and became popular in the speakeasy dominated nightlife of gangster-era Chicago. Chicago's first Jazz age gave us immortal artists like Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jellyroll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, and several others.

Louis Armstrong outside BluenoteChicago Jazz was generally more sophisticated than New Orleans and the Dixieland sound but placed a stronger emphasis on individual improvisation. When the great Chicago Jazzmen took their bands on the road, this spirit of improvisation helped to lay the foundations of what would become Swing Jazz. Big Band Swing Music became the de facto soundtrack for America's involvement in the Second World War, but it also helped set Chicago Jazz on a back burner.

Chicago Jazz would experience a renaissance which would come to full bloom during the Fifties (and continues to this day) at a club at 45 West Madison Street, near Dearborn, called the Blue Note which was opened by Frank Holzfeind. Frank had given up on his own musical career years before, but his love for Jazz would help the art form to hang on and expand into the Twenty-first century. Holzfeind (rhymes with "find", not "fiend") came to Chicago from his native Milwaukie in 1920 with a buck and a half in his pocket, four-bits of which went towards a room at the YMCA. He got a job as a machinist but the factory closed down, so he got on as a brush salesman. "My customers used brushes primarily for two things: scrubbing whiskey bottles and toilet bowls. I was known as the company specialist in those fields. They weren't the same brushes, of course."

From brush sales, Frank transitioned to a clerking job with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. He stayed with the railroad for more than twenty years but never seemed content with a desk job. He sidelined by starting a newsletter for the company bowling league and wrote a pamphlet on Public Speaking for Railroaders. In 1942, he was offered the chance to manage a bowling alley. There was a tavern attached to the lanes, and Holzfeind hired Jazz pianists to play on occasion. The bowling alley burned to the ground in 1945, but Frank and the owner were able to save more than 1000 bottles of booze before the end. That hooch would become the basis for the new club at 56 Madison.

While looking for new Jazz talent for the Blue Note, Frank became friends with late-night radio personality Dave Garroway. Garroway helped to expand Holzfeind's musical appreciation and became a regular at the Blue Note. The club was named for the watering hole frequented by Front Page Farrell on the radio. Jazz greats who graced the Blue Note Stage included Louis Armstrong, Maxine Sullivan, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Ventura, Slim Gaillard, George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Erroll Garner, Bob Scobey and Jack Teagarden. In 1953, NBC began a series of remote broadcasts from the Blue Note called Music For Moderns The show featured Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and several others.

According to people who knew the Blue Note, Holzfeind's fatal flaw was that he was a music lover first and a businessman later, if at all. The Chicago Jazz renaissance he helped to spark became his downfall. It was said that Frank was as good to his audiences as he was his musicians, but as the acts became more expensive he refused to raise his prices and had to fold in 1960.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 28 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 28 minutes
      1. Music For Moderns 530207 Bleep, Blop, Blu.mp3
      2. Music For Moderns 530214 Bleep, Blop, Blu.mp3
      3. Music For Moderns 530228 LizaTeddy Wilson A.mp3
      4. Music For Moderns 530307 Stompin At Savo.mp3
      5. Music For Moderns 530314 Mother Goose Jumps.mp3
      6. Music For Moderns 530322 Not High On An Open .mp3
      7. Music For Moderns 530404 Artistry In Rhythm.mp3
      8. Music For Moderns 530411 Thats Plenty Jac.mp3
      9. Music For Moderns 530417 Thats Plenty Jac.mp3
      10. Music For Moderns 530425 Heat Wave Buddy Def.mp3
      11. Music For Moderns 530502 Anything Goes Buddy.mp3
      12. Music For Moderns 530509 High On An Open Mic..mp3
      13. Music For Moderns 530523 Blue LouCharlie Ve.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 28 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 28 minutes
      1. Music For Moderns 530207 Bleep, Blop, Blu.mp3
      2. Music For Moderns 530214 Bleep, Blop, Blu.mp3
      3. Music For Moderns 530228 LizaTeddy Wilson A.mp3
      4. Music For Moderns 530307 Stompin At Savo.mp3
      5. Music For Moderns 530314 Mother Goose Jumps.mp3
      6. Music For Moderns 530322 Not High On An Open .mp3
      7. Music For Moderns 530404 Artistry In Rhythm.mp3
      8. Music For Moderns 530411 Thats Plenty Jac.mp3
      9. Music For Moderns 530417 Thats Plenty Jac.mp3
      10. Music For Moderns 530425 Heat Wave Buddy Def.mp3
      11. Music For Moderns 530502 Anything Goes Buddy.mp3
      12. Music For Moderns 530509 High On An Open Mic..mp3
      13. Music For Moderns 530523 Blue LouCharlie Ve.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    13 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 28 min

    Music for Moderns Disc A001

    1. Music For Moderns 530207 Bleep, Blop, Blu
    2. Music For Moderns 530214 Bleep, Blop, Blu

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    Music for Moderns Disc A002

    1. Music For Moderns 530228 LizaTeddy Wilson A
    2. Music For Moderns 530307 Stompin At Savo

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    Music for Moderns Disc A003

    1. Music For Moderns 530314 Mother Goose Jumps
    2. Music For Moderns 530322 Not High On An Open

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    Music for Moderns Disc A004

    1. Music For Moderns 530404 Artistry In Rhythm
    2. Music For Moderns 530411 Thats Plenty Jac

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    Music for Moderns Disc A005

    1. Music For Moderns 530417 Thats Plenty Jac
    2. Music For Moderns 530425 Heat Wave Buddy Def

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    Music for Moderns Disc A006

    1. Music For Moderns 530502 Anything Goes Buddy
    2. Music For Moderns 530509 High On An Open Mic.

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    Music for Moderns Disc A007

    1. Music For Moderns 530523 Blue LouCharlie Ve

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