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Sun, May 19


Waldo Pizza

1959 - the Greatest Year in Jazz

Listen to lead-up music related to this amazing LP. Then enjoy the entire album on a hi-fi stereo brought in just for the show.

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1959 - the Greatest Year in Jazz
1959 - the Greatest Year in Jazz

Time & Location

May 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Waldo Pizza, 7433 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64114, USA

About the event


Ask people to name the single most important year in recorded music history? From 1877 (Edison phonograph) to 1948 (first Long Play 33 1/3 record) to 1964 (British Invasion). But 1959 is possibly the most significant, certainly the most creative year for Jazz, which was the most popular music in the world at the time. With the passing of Charlie Parker in 55 and Lester Young and Billie Holiday in 1959, the old guard of Jazz was making way for new stars and new styles. Many of the constructs of traditional Jazz, along with Be Bop and Hard Bop, were finally ready to be challenged. The foundations of Jazz styles like Free Jazz, Modal, Jazz, Third Stream, etc. were all laid in 1959 by some giants and some new faces.

Join us along with our special co-host local Jazz, Blues, and all-around music expert Teddy Dibble. We'll celebrate 60 years since 59 and play lead up that will take you from the birth of recorded Jazz through to 1958. Then sit back and "Listyn" while we play you selected cuts from the albums that made 1959...The Greatest Year in Jazz!


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