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Aristo Theater of the Air, Part 2, October 21, 1945

Description: Mark Austad (later known as Mark Evans) hosts the second part of Aristo Theater of the Air, with selections from June Havoc (There Must Be Someone for Me); Wilbur Evans (Girls), a war bonds advertisement, and Corinna Mura (Carlotta_/
Date: October 21, 1945
Duration: 11 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: Evans, Mark, 1917-1988
Partner: UNT Music Library

Autographed group photo with Russ Morgan

Description: Photograph of Willis Conover in a group including Russ Morgan, who is squatting in front of a row of people with one other person on his left. At the top left is a door with a window reading "WTBO studios, 3rd floor," and "Dr. Dewhurst, dentist." The photo is autographed by Russ Morgan.
Date: 1939~
Partner: UNT Music Library

Ben Grauer interviews Willis Conover

Description: Recording of the raw audio of an interview with Willis Conover by Ben Grauer. Grauer mentions that Conover has hosted his program on the Voice of America for the past 20 years, placing the date around 1975. This interview is about Conover's book Lovecraft at Last. There are frequent interjections from someone off-microphone. This audio was used in an episode of the VOA program "New York, New York with Ben Grauer."
Date: 197X
Duration: 57 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Grauer, Ben
Partner: UNT Music Library

Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard

Description: 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."
Date: November 14, 1964
Duration: 23 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Evans, Bill, 1929-1980
Partner: UNT Music Library

Biography in Rhythm

Description: 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.
Date: July 26, 1955
Duration: 54 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: National Broadcasting Company
Partner: UNT Music Library

Bob Dixon, WCBS, July 5, 1962

Description: Bob Dixon's program on WBCS for July 5, 1962, with several guest speakers on poet Robert Frost. A segment by Ralph Story is interpolated near the beginning.
Date: July 5, 1962
Duration: 36 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Bob LaPlante interview with Don Byas; unidentified recording

Description: In the first track, Bob LaPlante interviews Don Byas in 1965. The second track, from the other side of the tape reel, is an unidentified jazz ensemble for roughly the first half. The ensemble in the second half is identified at 27:05 as the Ole Dixon Trio.
Date: November 2, 1965
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Bulgarian-language documentary on Willis Conover

Description: Bulgarian-language documentary on Willis Conover in conjunction with the program Dobro Utro (Good Morning). The program features interviews with passersby on the street, as well as Jordan Rupchev, along with extensive footage of Conover inside VOA studios, performance footage from Milcho Leviev, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. Other topics continue at the 17:50 mark, concluding with the video of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Annie Lennox and Al Green for the movie Scrooged.
Date: 1990~
Duration: 26 minutes 18 seconds
Partner: UNT Music Library
captions transcript

CBS Nightwatch - Duke Ellington, April 28, 1989 / American Masters - John Hammond, August 20, 1990

Description: Videotaped recordings of the April 28, 1989 episode of CBS Nightwatch, and the PBS American Masters documentary John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen. Willis Conover is interviewed along with Mercer Ellington in the CBS Nightwatch segment beginning at 10:19. Due to copyright restrictions, streaming access is embargoed.
This item is restricted from view until January 1, 2111.
Date: 1989/1990
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
Partner: UNT Music Library

Crescent Club Advertisements; Meet Your Congress

Description: Tracks 1 through 5 correspond to side 1 of the disc, which contains five advertisements for the Crescent Club (1338 New York Ave, corner of 14th and New York Avenue) recorded by Al Cummings. The advertisement notes the club's status as a music venue, with nightly performances by the Beach Johnson band. Track 6 corresponds to side 2, which contains an episode of Meet Your Congress, hosted by Blair Moody. This episode features a debate between four United States senators, members of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, on the Taft-Hartley Act
Date: 194u
Duration: 22 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Cummings, Al & Moody, Blair
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland

Description: A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond.
Date: July 2, 1956
Duration: 19 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 & Roberts, Bill
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Billy Taylor discuss jazz and Africa (with examples)

Description: A longer-form discussion of jazz and its potential antecedents in the music and culture of western Africa between Conover and pianist Billy Taylor, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and bandleader and composer Quincy Jones. This version of the discussion includes examples. This material may have been used in Music USA #2352-B.
Date: 1962
Duration: 31 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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