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Williams Ave. jazz


Portland’s NE Williams was a thriving place for jazz artists in the 1950’s. Singer Sweet Baby James Benton, and players Cleve Williams and Bobbie Bradford talk about those rich times of Portland’s jazz scene. Jazz drummer Mel Brown talks about growing up around these Portland jazz greats. If you weren’t eating, you were playing music. Get into the groove and listen to some serious music from some serious cats playing at Billy Reed’s.

First Broadcast: 2001
Producer: Tom D’Antoni

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Oregon Art Beat: Episode #208
Original Broadcast: January 4, 2001