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Jazz Musician James Moody

Last year, Terry talked to him about his then new CD, "Young At Heart". It is a collection of Frank Sinatra tunes. Just after World War II, Moody joined the bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie and played with Milt Jackson. His most famous recording is of an improvisatory piece he performed in 1949, now known as "Moody's Mood For Love." (REBROADCAST FROM JULY 23, 1996)

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The Quintessential Jazz Man Sonny Rollins

Rollins has been called the greatest living jazz improviser and the greatest virtuoso that jazz has ever produced. Rollins's latest release is "Silver City" (Milestone), a two disk anthology released by Milestone, his recording company, in celebration of their 25 year affiliation with Rollins. Rollins has played with musicians of modern jazz such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. (REBROADCAST from 2/2/94)

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Jazz Saxophonist James Moody

Moody's new CD, "Young At Heart" is a collection of Frank Sinatra tunes. Just after World War II, Moody joined the bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie and played with Milt Jackson. His most famous recording is of an improvisatory piece he performed in 1949, now known as "Moody's Mood For Love." In the new CD, Moody performs as vocalist, tenor/alto/soprano saxist and flutist. He talks about his career and how his hearing problems have affected his career.

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From the Archives: Controversial Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Enjoys Worldwide Recognition.

Grammy Award winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. He's been playing the trumpet since he was six, and won his first Grammy at 20. His albums include "The Majesty of the Blues," "Thick in the South," and "Citi Movement," with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Marsalis is also the co-founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He recently broke up the Septet so he could spend more time with the Lincoln Center. "Sweet Swing Blues on the Road" (W.W.

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Remembering Drummer Art Taylor

Taylor died Monday at age 65. He played with Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. His recent book "Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews" features conversations with fellow musicians. It was one of the few books about black jazz musicians by a black man. We replay our 1994 interview with Taylor.

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Controversial Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Enjoys Worldwide Recognition

The Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. He's been playing the trumpet since he was six, and won his first Grammy at 20. Marsalis is also the cofounder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He recently announced that he is breaking up the Septet so he can spend more time with the Lincoln Center. "Sweet Swing Blues on the Road" is his new book, written in collaboration with photographer Frank Stewart.

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Jazz Musician and Author Arthur Taylor.

Drummer Arthur Taylor. He's played with Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk and he's put together a new expanded collection of interviews he's done with fellow musicians: "Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews," (Da Capo Press). It's one of the few books about black jazz musicians by a black man, and because of that Taylor's subjects were able to talk freely about the role of black artists in white society.

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Willie Ruff Discusses His Life and Career.

Jazz French horn player Willie Ruff. Ruff's autobiography, "A Call to Assembly," chronicles his childhood in the South, his enlistment in the army in 1946, his gaining admission to Yale, and his decision to pass on a career in classical music and follow a life in jazz. It's published by Viking. (Rebroadcast. Original date 7/24/91).

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Willie Ruff Discusses His Life and Career.

Jazz French horn player Willie Ruff. Ruff's new autobiography, "A Call to Assembly," chronicles his childhood in the South, his enlistment in the army in 1946, his gaining admission to Yale, and his decision to pass on a career in classical music and follow a life in jazz. (It's published by Viking).

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