The Revival Will Be Televised: Technologies of New Orleans Jazz

Andy Fry (King's College London)
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17:00 - 18:30
St John's College
St Giles
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St John's College Barn

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Lectures and seminars
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Typically located among scratchy 78s and toothless musicians, The New Orleans Revival Movement of the mid-twentieth century is also a story of cutting-edge technologies: from radio networks to multi-track recording to stereophonic sound. I focus on two moments. First, the California radio shows that were, at the start of the war, among the first to broadcast New Orleans veterans such as Bunk Johnson and Kid Ory, nationally and internationally. Second, the pioneering label Audio Fidelity that, in the late 50s, made the young, white Dukes of Dixieland standard bearers of stereo – and surprise winners of a 1962 Battle of the Bands on television.