[Dixielandjazz] Jazz on TV in the 50's
verbose at daktel.com
Tue Sep 27 12:00:05 PDT 2005
I have recently returned to the DJML and apparently missed all but the
following email concerning OKOM on TV in the 50's from Dave Richoux. It
jogged my memory also.
> I remember your posting of those performances - thanks for the memory
> jog! Were there other bands performances from that era that have been saved?
> I have several DVDs of movies & short subjects from jazz bands from the
> 30s and 40s but I have not seen anything from later years.
> Dave Richoux
I have some of the same DVD's or videos mentioned above, but have never
seen anywhere the short jazz clips that were shown here on TV in the
early 50's when TV finally came to this area in the form of one channel
from Fargo, N.D on WDAY. Even with only one channel and "late" arrival
of TV in this area, they had trouble getting sponsors for many shows,
even the national ones! Thus they would show the program in its entirety
without commercials (We did not realize how blessed we were!) and then
fill in the final minutes with jazz clips.
It was probably my first real exposure to OKOM, as N.D. was not, and is
not, a "hot bed" of jazz. I particularly remember clips of Jack
Teagarden. Does anyone on the list know if these were clips produced
specifically for that purpose at the time, or were these "Soundie" clips
that someone at the station might have saved? Has anyone seen such
"solo" clips on a DVD or video by Jack?
I was probably intrigued not only by Jack's playing style, but the fact
that my uncle, LeRoy, had been a "jazz trombone" player in an Army band
in the Pacific during WW II. I had heard about that, but never heard him
play. If available, I would like to get some of those Teagarden clips.
Write me personally if you wish, rather then the list.
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