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The UNT Music Library has posted the first ten recordings from its Willis Conover Collection, which were digitized under a grant from the Grammy Foundation. The grant makes possible the digital preservation of the oldest 360 of the approximately 2100 reel-to-reel tapes in the collection, which span the early 1950s through 1969, and include interviews with Dave Brubeck, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Billy Taylor, and many others.
 
 
 
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Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard

Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard

Date: November 14, 1964
Creator: Evans, Bill, 1929-1980
Description: Bill Evans with unidentified bassist and drummer -- likely Chuck Israels and Larry Bunker -- at the Village Vanguard. Container indicates that titles performed include "Slow Dance" and "A Song for Now."
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser

Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser

Date: 1959
Creator: Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Date: April 15, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #172-B, Art Tatum Interview

Music USA #172-B, Art Tatum Interview

Date: May 18, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis & Tatum, Art, 1909-1956
Description: Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck

Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck

Date: November 10, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Dave Brubeck.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #365-B

Music USA #365-B

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

Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges

Date: February 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover interviews Johnny Hodges. The intended program and broadcaster are not stated.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C.

Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C.

Date: 195u
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: A live performance of "The" Orchestra.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover, program pilot for Ballantine Ale

Willis Conover, program pilot for Ballantine Ale

Date: 195u
Creator: Conover, Willis
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong

Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong

Date: June 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library



 
 


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