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Nat "King" Cole Trio with Willis Conover
Willis Conover presents Nat "King" Cole and his trio in a special message broadcast to his sister, Elizabeth, on the occasion of her wedding.
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part II
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton.
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part III
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton.
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part IV
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton
WWDC, Meet the Composer: Duke Ellington, Part I
Willis Conover presents a program on the music of Duke Ellington.
Willis Conover: American Jazz #1
The second part of a broadcast which featured Willis Conover discussing the music of Duke Ellington, followed by a translation in Swedish by an unknown speaker. This program occurred more than five years before the beginning of Conover's long-running VOA program, Music USA.
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.
Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. - 4
A recording only labeled "Sir Oliver," dated November 30, 1951, and likely of "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
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.
Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges
Willis Conover interviews Johnny Hodges. The intended program and broadcaster are not stated.
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.
Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum
Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings.
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.
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
Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong
An interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, and Louis Armstrong, conducted in late June of 1955, in connection with the performance of Louis Armstrong and His All Stars at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Music USA #230-B, Interview with Chet Baker
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Chet Baker.
Music USA #251-B, Interview with Eartha Kitt
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eartha Kitt.
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.
Music USA #295-B, Interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan.
Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections. The interview occurs in Part II.
Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part II
The second part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Duke Ellington.
Music USA #345-B, Interview with Peggy Lee
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Peggy Lee.
Music USA #310-B, Interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich.
Music USA #310-B, Interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Part II
The second part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich.
Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Dave Brubeck.
Music USA #365-B, Interview with George Avakian
Willis Conover interviews George Avakian. This recording only contains the interview, and not the full program.
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part I
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler.
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part II
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. "Laura," the last selection in this part, was not included in the final broadcast.
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. The first and second selections in this part, "Laura" and "Spanish Lace," were not included in the final broadcast.
Music USA #399-B, Interview with Bob Thiele and Steve Allen, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Thiele. The interview with Steve Allen occurs in Part II.
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.
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.
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II
The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy.
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).
Music USA #434-B, Interview with Bob Shad
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Shad, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Mercury Records, broadcast March 7, 1956.
Music USA, Interview with Andy Wiswell
An unedited program, without theme music or a program number, but likely intended for the first hour of Music USA, including an interview with Andy Wiswell, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Capitol Records.
Music USA #429-B, Interview with Eddie Condon
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eddie Condon.
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.
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.
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.
Music USA #569-A
The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast on July 10, 1956, and rebroadcast as #831-A on April 8, 1957. On internal documents, Conover had rated the program "AA," indicating that it was one he was particularly pleased with.
Willis Conover interviews Danny Kaye
Willis Conover interviews entertainer Danny Kaye, who was serving as an ambassador-at-large for the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland
A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.