Before They Were (Jazz) Stars

By | August 20, 2012

Listen to This EpisodeTorch singer turned civil rights icon Abbey LincolnIn this hour, it’s a look at the legends of jazz before they were jazz stars. We’ll talk with our producer Lou Blouin about some of the odd jobs your favorite jazzers held down before they made it in the music business and bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to introduce us to Miles Davis—talent scout extraordinaire—and the epic list of A-listers who made their names in the Miles Davis band. That plus a look at the meteoric rise of electric bass hero Jaco Pastorius and how one of jazz’s most fiercely political voices got her start in the schmultzy New York supper club scene are all coming up in this week’s show. (59:00)

 

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