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An audio recording of "One by One," composed by Wayne Shorter (b. 1933) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors is a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in…

An audio recording of "Grandfather's Waltz," composed by Lasse Farnlof (1942-1994) and Gene Lees (1928-2010) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the…

An audio recording of "Soul Eyes," composed by Mal Waldron (1925-2002) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in…

An audio recording of "This is for Albert," composed by Wayne Shorter (b. 1933) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida…

An audio recording of "Lover Man," composed by Jimmy Davis (1915-1997), Ram Ramirez (1913-1994), and James Sherman and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from…

An audio recording of "Nardis," composed by Miles Davis (1926-1991) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in…

An audio recording of "Two Bats," composed and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida, who play…

An audio recording of "My Shining Hour," composed by Harold Arlen (1905-1986), with lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors…

An audio recording of "Yes or No," composed by Wayne Shorter (b. 1933) and performed by The Jazz Professors live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 10, 2007. The Jazz Professors are a sextet of professors from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in…

An audio recording of "I Thought About You," composed by Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990) with lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a…

An audio recording of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," composed by Rube Bloom (1902-1976) with lyrics by Ted Koehler (1894-1983), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a…

An audio recording of "Gone with the Wind," composed by Allie Wrubel (1905-1973) with lyrics by Herb Magidson (1906-1986), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a…

An audio recording of "Recado Bossa Nova," composed by Luiz Antonio and Djalma Ferreira, and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a successful career in Nashville,…

An audio recording of "It's a Wonderful World," composed by Jan Savitt (1907-1948), Harold Adamson (1906-1980), and "Johnny Guitar" Watson (1935-1996), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player…

An audio recording of "Strike Up the Band," composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a successful…

An audio recording of "My One and Only Love," composed by Guy Wood (1911-2001) with lyrics by Robert Mellin (1902-1994), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a…

An audio recording of "Do Nothing till You Hear from Me," composed by Duke Ellington (1899-1974), and performed by Terry Myers live on-air on WUCF-FM on August 14, 2006. Myers is a reed player from Iowa who developed a successful career in Nashville,…

An audio recording of "Torch," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free jazz…

An audio recording of "Twilight," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free…

An audio recording of "Bouquet," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free…

An audio recording of "Beatrice," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free…

An audio recording of "Rapture," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free jazz…

An audio recording of "Ever After," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free…

An audio recording of "Firestorm," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free…

An audio recording of "Xtemporanious," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize…

An audio recording of "Out," composed by Sam Rivers (1923-2011) and performed by the Sam Rivers Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 11, 2001. Rivers was a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer from Oklahoma, who helped popularize free jazz…

An audio recording of "Stepping," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active until his…

An audio recording of "Blues in the Key of Page," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained…

An audio recording of "Carrie," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active until his…

An audio recording of "Bistro Stomp," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active until…

An audio recording of "Blues for Alvin," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active…

An audio recording of "Thinking of You," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active…

An audio recording of "Blues for Brad," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained active…

An audio recording of "Blues in the Key of Page," composed and performed by Nathen Page (1937-2003) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 23, 2000. Page was an American guitarist from West Virginia who moved to Central Florida in 1979, where he remained…

An audio recording of "Bags' Groove," composed by Milt "Bags" Jackson (1923-1999) and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an American jazz fusion guitarist, composer, and one of the pioneers of…

An audio recording of "Autumn Leaves," composed by Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) with lyrics by Jacques Prévert (1900-1977, and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an American jazz fusion guitarist,…

An audio recording of "'Round About Midnight," composed by Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), Bernie Hanighen (1908-1976), and Cootie Williams (1911-1985), and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an…

An audio recording of "Something," composed by George Harrison (1943-2001) and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an American jazz fusion guitarist, composer, and one of the pioneers of jazz-rock,…

An audio recording of "Manhã de Carnaval" ("Morning of the Carnival"), composed by Luiz Bonfá (1922-12001) and lyricist Antônio Maria (1921-1964), and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an…

An audio recording of "Blue Bossa," composed by Kenny Dorham (1924-1972) and performed by Larry Coryell (b. 1943) live on-air on WUCF-FM on June 8, 1999. Coryell is an American jazz fusion guitarist, composer, and one of the pioneers of jazz-rock, a…

An audio recording of "I Should Care," composed by Axel Stordahl (1913-1963), Paul Weston (1912-1996), and Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of…

An audio recording of "The Gentle Rain," composed by Luiz Bonfá (1922-2001) and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both orchestral studies and the University of Central…

An audio recording of "Stella by Starlight," composed by Victor Young (1900-1956) and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both orchestral studies and the University of…

An audio recording of "The Second Time Around," composed by Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990) and Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both orchestral…

An audio recording of "Li'l Darlin'," composed by Neal Hefti (1922-2008) with lyrics by Jon Hendricks (b. 1921), and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both orchestral…

An audio recording of "One Note Samba," composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) with Portuguese lyrics by Newton Mendon, and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both…

An audio recording of "Shiny Stockings," composed by Frank Foster with lyrics by Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), and performed by the John Whitney Trio live on-air on WUCF-FM on January 4, 2000. John Whitney served as director of both orchestral…

An audio recording of "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," composed by Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951), with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A…

An audio recording of "Imagination," composed by Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990), with lyrics by Johnny Burke (1908-1964), and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan was a…

An audio recording of "Blues-ette," composed by Curtis Fuller (b. 1934) and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan was a crucial part of the Chicago jazz scene of the…

An audio recording of "Christmas Time is Here," composed by Lee Mendelson (b. 1933) and Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976), and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan was a crucial…

An audio recording of "Samba de Orpheus," composed by Luiz Bonfá (1922-2001) and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan was a crucial part of the Chicago jazz scene of the…

An audio recording of "You Must Believe in Spring," composed by Michel Legrand (b. 1932), with lyrics by Alan Bergman (b. 1925), Marilyn Bergman (b. 1929), and Jacques Demy (1931-1990), and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM…

An audio recording of "Con Alma," composed by Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) and performed by Ira Sullivan (b. 1931) live on-air on WUCF-FM on December 8, 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan was a crucial part of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1950s,…

An audio recording of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," composed by Tommy Wolf (1925-1979), with lyrics by Fran Landesman (1927-2011), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b.…

An audio recording of "When Lights Are Low," composed by Benny Carter (1907-2003) and Spencer Williams (1889-1965), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor…

An audio recording of "You're Blasé," composed by Ord Hamilton and Bruce Sievier, and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies…

An audio recording of "Tenderly," composed by Walter Gross (1909-1967) with lyrics by Jack Lawrence (1912-2009), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor…

An audio recording of "The Jitterbug Waltz," composed by Fats Waller (1904-1943), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies…

An audio recording of "Bad Moon," composed and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies and professor at the University of…

An audio recording of "Descarga," composed and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance tenor saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies and professor at the University of…

An audio recording of "No More Blues," composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes (1913-1980), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a…

An audio recording of "'O Sole Mio," composed by Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917), with lyrics by Giovanni Capurro (1859-1920), and performed by Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini live on-air on WUCF-FM on April 23, 2007. Jeff Rupert (b. 1964) is a freelance…

An audio recording of "Rhythm of Our World," composed and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences…

An audio recording of "Englishman in New York," Sting, and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences…

An audio recording of "Solo Scat," composed and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into…

An audio recording of "Blues for Diz," composed and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into…

An audio recording of "Jewsharp Solo," composed and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into…

An audio recording of "I Got You (I Feel Good)," composed by James Brown (1933-2006), and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first…

An audio recording of "Drum Solo," composed and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into…

An audio recording of "Hot House," composed by Tadd Dameron (1917-1965), and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first musician to bring…

Noble "Thin Man" Watts (1926-2004) was a blues and jazz saxophonist from DeLand, Florida, who worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, and rock, including Buddy Holly (1936-1959), Dinah Washington (1924-1963), Jerry Lee Lewis (b. 1935),…

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Dublin Core

Title

Jazz Collection

Alternative Title

Jazz Collection

Subject

Music--United States
Jazz--United States
Orlando (Fla.)

Description

Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of jazz in Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

The roots of jazz music began in the fields of the American South, as African-American slaves sang “call-and-response” work songs and “spirituals” to help them get through the brutal hours of forced labor. As Europeans immigrated to American cities in the late 19th century, they brought their musical traditions with them, and soon African-American musicians, such as Ernest Hogan and Scott Joplin, combined these styles with polyrhythmic African music, creating ragtime. New Orleans was an especially diverse cultural melting pot and became a place for musical experimentation by the early 1910s. European music merged with blues, folk, marching band music, and ragtime, creating a new genre called “jazz.”

By the 1920s, the First Great Migration brought millions of African Americans to the urban Northeast and Midwest. Young, white Americans became enamored with jazz and blues music and the genre was soon being played on radio stations, at dancehalls, and in homes across the country. New York City, Kansas City, and Chicago began to establish their own styles of jazz. Big band swing became the most popular style of American music in the 1930s and 1940s.

The most definitive feature of jazz is improvisation. The Great Depression forced many bands to cut down in size, leaving more space for intricate melodies and room for exploration. Bebop, which emerged in New York in the early 1940s, was aimed at a listening audience, rather than a dancing one, and became known as “musician’s music.” Bebop paved the way for Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz in the 1950s, when musicians, such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, incorporated Latin rhythms by playing with Cuban musicians in New York. The popularity of rock music in the 1960s and 1970s led to jazz-rock fusion, which combined improvisation with rock rhythms and amplified instruments. By the 1980s, smooth jazz emerged, creating a commercial form of the genre that drew criticism from many purists, who felt that the musicians were more concerned with making money than creating art with substance.

Although Florida might not be as closely associated with jazz as cities like New Orleans, Chicago, and New York City, it has made significant contributions nonetheless. Afro-Cuban jazz developed simultaneously in New York City and Havana in the early 1940s, and Florida’s Cuban immigrants had a profound cultural impact on areas like Miami and Tampa. Since its foundation in 1979, the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival has become one of the most popular jazz festivals in the country, featuring some of the top names in the genre, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie, George Benson, and Herbie Hancock. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday began around the same time and has also evolved into a major international jazz festival. In addition to the legendary Sam Rivers, who moved to Orlando in the early 1990s and continued to perform until his death in 2011, Florida has been the home to a number of prominent jazz musicians, including Cedric Wallace, Ira Sullivan, George Tucker, Nathen Page, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Jackie Davis, Rich Matteson, Jeff Rupert, and the University of Central Florida’s Jazz Professors.

Contributor

Is Part Of

Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Type

Collection

Coverage

Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach, Florida
DeLand, Florida
Young Musicians Camp, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
WUCF-TV, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Curator

Cepero, Laura
Cravero, Geoffrey

Digital Collection

External Reference

Alkyer, Frank. DownBeat--the Great Jazz Interviews: A 75th Anniversary Anthology. New York: Hal Leonard, 2009.
Gioia, Ted. The History of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. Jazz: A History of America's Music. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

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