HARLEM TIMELINE - 1. PART 1 (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th September 2017
Soweto Kinch begins a four-part journey of discovery in Harlem, a few square miles in northern Manhattan which have given the world great musical riches.
He hears from Pulitzer Prize winning novelist David Levering Lewis (author of "When Harlem Was In Vogue") about the origins of the area and visits the site of the "Tree of Hope" where superstitious musicians have touched the bark to help launch their careers.
We hear about the unique Harlem Stride style of piano jazz; visit speakeasies and the site of the famous Lincoln Theatre (which is now an Episcopalian church); and journey to Sugar Hill, the home of the Harlem Renaissance movement which saw intellectuals produce some of the area's richest writing, poetry and painting.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2009.
Kurtis Blow - One Two Five (Main Street Harlem USA) [Mercury]
Billy Eckstine - Love Is Just Around The Corner [Emarcy]
James Brown - Gonna Have A Funky Good Time [Charly/Atlas]
Eubie Blake - Charleston Rag [Classic Jazz/Charly]
Louis Armstrong - (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue [CBS]
Duke Ellington - Cotton Club Stomp / Misty Morning [Bluebird]
Baby Dee - Look What Baby's Got For You [Delmark]
Adelaide Hall & Bill Robinson & Duke Ellington - I Can't Give You Anything But Love [CBS]
Duke Ellington - Freeze And Melt [Bluebird]
Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher [Castle Communications]
Cab Calloway - Kicking The Gong Around [ASV Living Era]
Cab Calloway - Trickeration [JSP]
Fats Waller - Handful Of Keys [Properbox]
Scott Joplin - Elite Syncopations [Biograph]
Fats Waller - The Joint Is Jumpin' [Proper]
Fats Waller - Carolina Shout [Proper]
Butch Thompson - Maple Leaf Rag
Don Ewell & Willie “The Lion” Smith - I Found A New Baby [Delmark]
Fats Waller - Rusty Pail [Proper]
Gregory Hopkins & Male Choir Of Convent Avenue Baptist Church - Highway To Heaven [AJB]