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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
Creator: Evans, Bill, 1929-1980
Item Type: Sound

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
Creator: National Broadcasting Company
Item Type: Sound

Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac

Description: 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.
Date: August 25, 1951
Creator: Sumac, Yma
Item Type: Sound

Debrecen Jazz Days 1981

Description: Handwritten notes relating to the Debrecen Jazz Days, July-August 1981
Date: 1981
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Text

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
Creator: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 & Roberts, Bill
Item Type: Sound

Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part I

Description: 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.
Date: July 1967
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Sound

Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part II

Description: 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.
Date: July 1967
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Sound

Groggy's Mambo and other selections

Description: 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.
Date: 1954~
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Sound

Hand-Written Program Lists, 1981-1982

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Text

Hand-Written Program Lists, 1982-1983

Description: Handwritten cue sheets for Music USA, 1982-1983. Includes: Handwritten Program Lists, September-December 1982; Handwritten Program Lists, January-February 1983.
Date: unknown
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Text

Hand-Written Program Lists, Debrecen Jazz Days, September 8-13, 1981

Description: 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-Lakatos Quintet featuring Tat Guinez, conga: Budapest; Thermacnius Quartet: Kobenhaven; Jana Koubkova Trio: Praha; Graham Collier Band: London; Team/Tamas Berki: Budapest; Binder Quintet: Budapest; Jazz Workshop of Debrecen; Pege Quintet: Budapest; Tomsits Quartet: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia; Albert Mangelsdorff, 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 Vukan; Saturnus, 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.
Date: 1981
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Text

Individual Program List, 1981

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Text

Interview with Benny Goodman

Description: 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.
Date: December 21, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Item Type: Sound