Tonight's show features a couple of live radio broadcasts from the famous "this is Jazz" programmes from 1947.

Presented by author and critic Rudi Blesch, whose book, "Shining Trumpets" is a classic piece of jazz critique, the show put together some of the greatest Chicago and New Orleans players active on the scene.

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The first broadcast is from April 1947 and features guests, James P Johnson, Sidney Bechet and Bob Wilber, along with the regular line-up of Wild Bill Davison, cornet (this is his first appearance on the show, having taken over from Muggsy Spanier), Albert Nicholas, clarinet, George Brunies, trombone, Danny Barker, guitar, James P Johnson, piano, Pops Foster, bass and baby Dodds, drums.

The second show focuses on the great Satchmo, Louis Armstrong. Art Hodes is the guest piano player on this date.

Listen live tonight at 9pm UK time (20:00 gmt / utc 22:00 European time). Repeated Thursday morning at midnight, (23:00 gmt /utc, 01:00 European time).

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A series of boxed 2 CD sets of the complete series ofv these importan broadcasts are available from Jazzology records. Buy the CD Here

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