Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II

July 28, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Bill’s exploration of the music of African-American composers continues this week. We will hear Bill conduct a work by Anthony Davis, plus music composed by Bill’s friend Jeffrey Mumford. Our two-week celebration ends with a poem from Langston Hughes as well as music from Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Michael Jackson.


Episode 1

Taj Mahal: Blues With A Feeling
Taj Mahal
Blues with a feeling The Very Best of Taj Mahal
BMG Heritage 82876 55610

W.C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
Katharine Handy Lewis, voc.
W.C. Handy Blues Sung by his daughter Katherine Handy Lewis in Traditional Style
Folkways Records FG 3540

Interview with W. C. Handy

W.C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars
Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
Columbia CL 591

Eddie House: County Farm Blues (excerpt)
Eddie “Son” House, gtr. & voc.
Heroes of the Blues: The Very Best of Son House
Shout! Factory DK 30251

Traditional: Drifting Blues (excerpt)
Lightnin’ Hopkins
Blues Master Works
Delta Blues DELB002LP

Traditional: Drifting Blues
Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers
Drifting Blues / Groovy
Aladdin 112

Traditional: Drifting Blues (excerpt)
Albert King, gtr. & voc.
Thursday Night in San Francisco
Stax 032

Slide Hampton: Frame for the Blues
Maynard Ferguson, tpt. & voc.
A Message From Newport
Roulette 52012

Hailstork: Epitaph For A Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series Vol 2
Cedille 61

Traditional: Deep River
Howard University Ch. Choir
Deep River
Smithsonian Folkways 4007208

Blegan & Sayer: History of the Blues
Blegan & Sayer
Classical Cartoon Music
Aardvark 222

B.B. King: The Thrill Is Gone
R Hawkins
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail
MCA Records MCA 27005

Episode 2

George Gershwin: “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”
Todd Duncan, bar.; Anne Brown, sop.
Gershwin Performs Gershwin
Music Masters B000000FMO

Aaron Copland: “Simple Gifts”,
“The Boatmen’s Dance”,
“The Little Horses”
& “Ching-A-Ring Chaw” fr. Old American Songs

William Warfield, b. Aaron Copland, p.
Expanded Edition – Copland Conducts Copland
Sony 90403

Giacomo Puccini: “Vissi d’arte” fr. Tosca
Rome Opera House Orchestra/Fabritiis; Leontyne Price, s.
Leontyne Price – The Complete Collection Of Operatic Recital Albums
RCA 794051

G. Verdi: “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio” fr. La Forza Del Destino
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
Leontyne Price – The Complete Collection Of Operatic Recital Albums
RCA 794051

Gershwin: Introduction, “Summertime”
& “O Lawd, I’m On My Way” fr. Porgy & Bess

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Skitch Henderson;
Leontyne Price, s.; William Warfield, bar.
Leontyne Price – The Complete Collection Of Operatic Recital Albums
RCA 794051
6:20. 00:18

Duke Ellington: “Come Sunday” fr. Black, Brown & Beige
Mahalia Jackson, s. w/ Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
Black, Brown and Beige
Columbia CK 65566

Episode 3

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite suite de concert, Op. 77
III. Un sonnet d’amour
IV. La tarantelle fretillante

Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series – Vol I
Cedille 055

Jeffrey Mumford: Her Eastern Light Amid
a Cavernous Dusk Aspen Wind Quintet

Aspen Wind Quintet
Jeffrey Mumford: The Focus of Blue Light
New World 650

Hale Smith: Evocation
Natalie Hinderas, p.
Piano Music by African American Composers
CRI 629

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
New York Phil/Bernstein; André Watts, p.
Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century
Phil 456 985

Alvin Singleton: In Our Own House
Karen Walwyn, p.; Jason Marsalis, perc.
Dark Fires Vol 2
Albany 384

Roland Hayes: Lit’l Boy
Robert Sims, bar.
Robert Sims Sings the Spirituals of Roland Hayes
CD Baby

Episode 4

Georg Friedrich Händel: “Let the Bright Seraphim” fr. Samson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/John Nelson; Wynton Marsalis, trp.; Kathleen Battle, s.
Baroque Duet
Sony 46672

Richard Strauss: IV. Im Abendrot fr Vier Letze Lieder
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Jessye Norman, s.
Vier Letzte Lieder/ 6 Orchesterlieder
Phil 475 8507

Olly Wilson: Sinfonia, II (Elegy for Olly Wilson Sr. and Calvin Simmons)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
Sinfonia/ Symphony No. 1
New World 80331-2

Roberto Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra, II
Sinfonia Varsovia/Giancarlo Guererro; James Carter, sax
Caribbean Rhapsody
Decca 001547202

Anthony Davis: Maps – I. Timothy Island
Kansas City Symphony/William McGlaughlin;
Shem Guibbory, v.; Gerry Hemingway, perc.
The Ghost Factory
Gramavision R2 79429

Traditional: Kothbiro
Regina Carter, vln.; Yacouba Sissoko, kora
Reverse Thread
Koch 2090

Traditional: N’Teri
Regina Carter, vln, Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Will Holshouser, acc.;
Chris Lightcap, db.; Alvester Garnett, percussion
Reverse Thread
Koch 2090

Johannes Brahms: Ballade #3 In B Minor, Op. 10/3
Pratt, p.
A Long Way From Normal
EMI 55025

John Williams: Air and Simple Gifts
Anthony McGill, cl.; Itzhak Perlman, v.; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.; Gabriela Montero, p.
The Music of America: John Williams
Sony 770636

Episode 5

Langston Hughes: Night and Morn
Langston Hughes
The Voice of Langston Hughes
Smithsonian Folkways 47001_06

Joe “King’ Oliver: West End Blues
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five
1926 – 1928
Fremeaux and Assoc. 1354

Handy: Cold in Hand Blues
Bessie Smith, voc.; Louis Armstrong, tpt.
The Bessie Smith Story Vol 1
Philips BBL 7019

James P. Johnson: Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson, p
Snowy Morning Blues
Decca Jazz GRD 604
1:16 excerpt

Darius Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Op. 81 (excerpt)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Branford Marsalis
Sony Classical Sk 89251

Duke Ellington: Jungle Nights in Harlem
Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra
Jungle Nights in Harlem
Bluebird NL82499

Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
Karrin Allyson, voc.; Rod Fleeman, gtr.,
Randy Weinstein harm., Ed Howard, bs.
Round Midnight
Concord Jazz CJA 3266202

Traditional: How Long Blues (excerpt)
Count Basie and His Orchestra w/ Jimmy Rushing
With Count Basie and His Orchestra 1938 – 1945
Giants of Jazz CD 53298
1:57 excerpt

Mary Lou Williams: Hesitation Boogie
Mary Lou Williams, p.
Classics 1050

Traditional: Piney Brown Blues (excerpt)
Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann
The Last of the Blue Devils – The Kansas City Jazz Story
E for films 2869012

Parker: Ornithology
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
Ornithology / A Night in Tunisia
Esquire 10 027
1:19; :34

Denzil Best: Move
Miles Davis nonet
The Complete Birth of the Cool
Capitol Jazz 94550

Miles Davis: All Blues
Miles Davis sextet
Kind of Blue
Columbia COL 494853

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner
My One and Only Love / Lush Life
Impulse! 45 218

Ray Evans and Jay Livingston: Mona Lisa
Nat “King” Cole
Capitol Records H357

Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke (excerpt)
Steve Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life
Motown 3746303402
1:39 excerpt

Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (excerpt)
Michael Jackson
Epic EK 38112

Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes

Duke Ellington: Come Sunday
Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, vln.
Black, Brown and Beige
Columbia CK 65566