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 Collection: Music Library Conover Collection
1969 New Orleans Jazz Festival, "One at a Time Blues"
"One at a Time Blues," featuring multiple soloists at the 1969 New Orleans Jazz Festival. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc847478/
American Airlines: Preventative Maintenance and Progressive Overhaul
Willis Conover narrates a promotional video featuring American Airlines' systems for preventative maintenance, progressive overhaul, and quality assurance. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc849899/
Aura Rully with Duke Ellington at the 1972 Newport Jazz Festival
Aura Rully (Urziceanu) performs with Duke Ellington at the 1972 Newport Jazz Festival. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc847485/
Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard
Bill Evans with Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums at the Village Vanguard. The reel-to-reel tape container indicates that titles performed include "Slow Dance" and "A Song for Now." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701832/
Biography in Rhythm
A 1955 radio program presenting an account of the history of jazz. Willis Conover later adapted this program's introduction for use in the Jazz at the Smithsonian television programs which he hosted. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772510/
Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac
A recording found in Willis Conover's collection of reel-to-reel tapes: Yma Sumac performs at the 22nd annual Chicagoland Music Festival, at Soldier Field. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800484/
Count Basie with Willis Conover, others
Photograph of Count Basie, an unidentified person, Jimmy Rushing, and Willis Conover digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743775/
Debrecen Jazz Days 1981
Handwritten notes relating to the Debrecan Jazz Days, July-August 1981 digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc111/
Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland
A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790431/
Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Billy Taylor discuss jazz and Africa
A recording of a discussion on jazz and Africa by Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy Gillespie, apparently made for use in Music USA #2352-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824412/
Duke Ellington and Willis Conover
Photograph of Duke Ellington, Willis Conover, and two unidentified people. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743724/
Duke Ellington, final interview with Willis Conover
Willis Conover's last interview with Duke Ellington, with Ellington also playing the piano. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc847212/
Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part I
The first of two recordings from which selections for Music USA #4618-B were taken, featuring Gerry Mulligan playing a borrowed alto saxophone in a jam session at Moscow's Molodezhnoe (Youth) Café. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824873/
Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part II
The second of two recordings from which selections for Music USA #4618-B were taken, featuring Gerry Mulligan playing a borrowed alto saxophone in a jam session at Moscow's Molodezhnoe (Youth) Café. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824877/
Groggy's Mambo and other selections
A live recording of mambo selections. The title "Groggy's Mambo" appears to refer to Maurice "Groggy" Gervitsch, the proprietor of the Cairo Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Gervitsch organized mambo dances in 1954. The group may have been led by Buddy Rowell. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824408/
Hand-Written Program Lists, 1978-1981
Handwritten program lists for Music USA, 1978-1981. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc116/
Hand-Written Program Lists, 1981-1982
Handwritten cue sheets for Music USA, 1981-1982. Includes: Individual Program Lists, February and March 1978; Handwritten Program Lists, December 1981; Handwritten Program Lists, January-March 1982; Interview with Lee Bark; Notes for Art Farmer program; UDC Lab Jazz Band; Toni Wilson notes. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc115/
Hand-Written Program Lists, 1982-1983
Handwritten cue sheets for Music USA, 1982-1983. Includes: Handwritten Program Lists, September-December 1982; Handwritten Program Lists, January-February 1983. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc114/
Hand-Written Program Lists, Dates Unknown
Handwritten cue sheets for Music USA, unknown dates. Includes: Gyorgy Szabados, piano: Budapest; "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks, vocals & guitar: USA; Radio Big Band: Berlin; Pori Bigband featuring Ted Burson: Finland; Jazz group of Rousse/Bulgaria; Kati Bontovica and Supertrio: Budapest; Fusti-Labatos Quintet featuring Tat Guinez, conga: Budapest; Thermacnius Quartet: Kobenhaven; Jana Koubkova Trio: Proha; Graham Collier Band: London; Team/Tamas Berki: Budapest; Binder Quintet: Budapest; Jazz Workshop of Debrecen; Pege Quintet: Budapest; Tomsits Quartet: Novi Dad, Yugoslavia; Albert Mangelsforff, trombone & Weet Gev. Aladar Pege, bass: Budapest; String Connection: Warsaw, Poland; Markovic-Gut Sextet: Beograd, Yugoslavia; Christian Esconde and his Workshop: Paris, France; Siger Small Band: London; Workshop Group of Gyorgy Nukan; Sattinus, Budapest; Erich Klunshuster Quintet: Vienna, Austria; Jazz Band Radi Ostrava: Tscheckoslovakia; Enrico Rava Quartet: Milano, Italy; Workshop Group of Gyorgy Szabados: Budapest; Kaszako Group: Budapest; Hulin Quintet: Szeged, Hungary. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc109/
Handwritten Program Lists, March-July 1982
Handwritten cue sheets for Music USA, March-July 1982. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc113/
Individual Program List, 1981
Hour-by-hour breakdown of music played on Music USA, 1981. Includes: Duke Ellington Tribute Programs, April 1978. Handwritten program notes, 1978-1979 and unknown date. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc97/
Individual Program List, July-October 1982
Hour-by-hour breakdown of music played on Music USA, July-October 1982. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96/
Interview with Benny Goodman
Unedited audio of Willis Conover's interview with Benny Goodman, including short statements for various broadcast services within VOA, and a longer interview presumably for Music USA #394-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772504/
Interview with Ella Fitzgerald, for Voices of VISTA #127
Willis Conover interviews Ella Fitzgerald for "Voices of VISTA" program number 127. The short programs featured various celebrities and were used, like Treasury broadcasts in decades past, to promote the U.S. government's Volunteers in Service to America program. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824411/
Interview with Gil Evans
An interview with Gil Evans, apparently included in Music USA #4884-B, broadcast May 16, 1968. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824407/
Interview with Marshall Brown and George Wein
Willis Conover interviews Marshall Brown and George Wein about their 20-nation talent-searching tour for Newport International Youth Band. This recording is the raw audio, apparently incorporated into Music USA program #1147-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790428/
Interview with Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and Farmingdale High School students
The interview which accompanied Music USA #551-B, broadcast July 2, 1956, featuring Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and four Farmingdale (New York) High School students. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824272/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I
The first part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. This recording is the raw audio, and includes a glitch in the tape in the opening seconds, and other preliminaries before the interview begins. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800490/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II
The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800495/
Interviews at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1967
Willis Conover interviews Flavio Ambrosetti, Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and George Gruntz at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824878/
Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King
Willis Conover interviews Billy Eckstine and Teddi King at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, on the RCA Victor Starliner train. Eckstine and King were performing to benefit the March of Dimes; the interviews were apparently used in Music USA programs #420-B (Eckstine) and #421-B (King). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790424/
Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan
Willis Conover interviews June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan backstage at a performance at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. The interview with Nat "King" Cole was likely used in Music USA program #520-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790425/
Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, and Willis Conover
Photograph of Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, and Willis Conover. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743906/
Louis Armstrong interview, fifth hour
The fifth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790429/
Louis Armstrong interview, first hour
The first of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his early life and career, interspersed with musical selections. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790430/
Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour
The fourth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses playing the trumpet, his health, and race relations, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790423/
Louis Armstrong interview, second hour
The second of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses the Hot Five and scat singing, interspersed with musical selections. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790427/
Louis Armstrong interview, third hour
The third of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his favorite musicians, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790426/
Louis Armstrong interview transcript, fifth hour
A transcript of the fifth hour of Willis Conover's interview with Louis Armstrong on July 13, 1956, with corrections made in blue ink by Conover. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770641/
Louis Armstrong playing "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean," and singing "This is the Voice of America"
Louis Armstrong playing and singing "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" (the melody used in the VOA interval signal) and singing "This is the Voice of America, Washington, D.C." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824822/
Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser
A tape from Louis Armstrong, with the container addressed to his manager, Joe Glaser. The contents of the tape include recorded music and a spoken message from Armstrong. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701824/
Magazine of the Air "97": "A Short History of Jazz"
A short Indonesian-language program on the history of jazz, including excerpts of recordings. "Magazine of the Air" was a weekly program of the Voice of America, broadcast on Tuesdays. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824871/
Mercer Ellington, Jack Teagarden, and Willis Conover
Photograph of digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743811/
Music from Trinidad, Part 1
One of two reels of music from Trinidad found in Willis Conover's collection. The artists and recording date have not been determined. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824274/
Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Kai Winding. This is the first interview conducted for Music USA. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701833/
Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum
Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701825/
Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with pianist Billy Taylor. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770494/
Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Marian McPartland digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772516/
Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with George Shearing. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770490/
Music USA #226-B, Interviews with Barney Bigard, Bobby Hackett, Woody Herman, and Louis Armstrong
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and interviews with Barney Bigard, Bobby Hackett, Woody Herman, and Louis Armstrong. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770493/
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