Cool Jazz

By | November 28, 2011

This hour it’s a laid back hour of stories and sounds from the world of cool jazz. We’ll talk with our jazz historian Lewis Porter about the birth of the “cool” aesthetic in jazz, and get his picks for some of the champions of the cool sound. And we’ll hear the story of how the cool revolution helped spark a mid-century East coast/West Coast rivalry in jazz, and get to know the cool, quirky and often unsung saxophonist who shaped the sound of the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet.(59:00)

Photo: Trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker was the living embodiment of the cool jazz sound.


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