Jazzville USA Audio Storytelling

A final musical gift for 2016 from the David Leonnig, as provided for the West Texas Jazz Society and West Texas Public Radio.

A few of the recordings in this program feature Buddy Tate, and all include Buck Clayton, both of whom many years later visited the Odessa Jazz Parties. These recordings have just come to light this year from a collection recorded by Bill Savory. This music has been largely unheard for nearly 80 years. Enjoy.

Public Radio Programs – Audio

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra live 2015 Remembering Sir Charles Thompson (1918 – 2016)

We produce a weekly program for both stations that has been running for more than seven years. The programs have multiple formats that have appeared under the West Texas Jazz banner, including the Geography of Jazz and Jazz from the Vaults of the West Texas Jazz Society.

The jazz history of the Permian Basin has generated a number of interesting stories. Regional jazz parties have been held in dozens of cities over the past half century, but the longest continuously running jazz party is the West Texas Jazz Party of Midland and Odessa, Texas. A completed documentary celebrates the first 50 years of the party which began as the original Odessa Jazz Party, founded in 1967 by Odessa’s Doctor O.A. “Jimmie” Fulcher. This program is heard on both Marfa Public Radio and KXWT Odessa-Midland.

1939 in Jazz – with recordings by Jazz Party attendees Bud Freeman, Teddy Wilson, Bob Haggart, Yank Lawson, Eddie Miller and Billy Butterfield.

1994 Odessa Jazz Party recordings – with Randy Sandke, Harry Allen, Jack Lesberg, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Allred, Jake Hanna and Joe Ascione.

A past program highlight about Dallas Tenor Sax Player Marchel Ivery