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A Short History of Jazz

The evolution of jazz from the early 1900s to the 1990s and beyond.

A Short history of Jazz event
Photo RNZ/Steve Burridge

Jazz history can be divided into ten year brackets from the 1920s on. Here, each decade is encapsulated in a programme hosted by a band leader who discusses the progression of jazz during that time, while offering musical, social and personal insights. The talk is supported by a jazz quintet who play selected pieces of music throughout the session so that listeners can hear the development for themselves.

These sessions were recorded live by RNZ at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August 2014 and broadcast in April 2016 on RNZ Concert. Introduced by John Pilley and Hannah Griffin and produced by Darryl Stack for RNZ. Live series producer was Andrew Laking of Pirate and Queen Productions with assistance from the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.