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Merritt Johnson: The Prairie

Description: A commissioned work for the 1971 South Dakota all-state chorus and orchestra.
Date: unknown
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser

Description: 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.
Date: 1959
Creator: Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
Partner: UNT Music Library

Willis Conover, program pilot for Ballantine Ale

Description: A short pilot program, from the early 1950s, followed by Conover discussing the various programs he hosted in the Washington, D.C. area. The pilot combines elements of WEAM's "House of Sounds" and a late-night program at that station. The tape had been previously used, and may have come from WEAM, which was a country music station at the time; remnants of a country music show or pilot follow Conover's material, and include a performance by the Bluegrass Valley Boys.
Date: 195u
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #365-B, Interview with George Avakian

Description: Willis Conover interviews George Avakian. This recording only contains the interview, and not the full program.
Date: November 29, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Dave Brubeck.
Date: November 10, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
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
Creator: Evans, Bill, 1929-1980
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Description: 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.
Date: April 15, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Marian McPartland
Date: June 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part II

Description: 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.
Date: December 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
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
Creator: National Broadcasting Company
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #429-B, Interview with Eddie Condon

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eddie Condon.
Date: January 31, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III

Description: 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.
Date: December 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library