NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,500 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.
EP - 134 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 2
The second installment of the hip-hop series focuses on several more East Coast DJs from the early days of hip-hop. This program includes segments from our interviews with DJ Jazzy Joyce, Johnny Juice, DJ Cash Money and hip-hop advocate and historian Christie Z. Join us and our very special guest musician, curator of culture, and frontman of the Lyrical Groove, Kendrick Dial.
EP - 133 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 1
This podcast begins with an introduction to hip-hop by the one and only DJ Grand Master Caz, followed by three interviewees speaking about the founder of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc! These remarks are provided by Caz, Christie Z, and Kool DJ Red Alert. You will also hear from other pioneering DJs from New York including GrandMaster Flash and Grand Wizzard Theodore. Join us and our very special guest musician, curator of culture, and frontman of The Lyrical Groove, Kendrick Dial.
EP. 132 - AES 75th with Frank Wells
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) was formed in New York in 1948 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary! Join us as we learn about this important organization through the words of Past President Frank Wells. Frank served as a radio and audio technician during his long career and became a Life Fellow of the society, an honor given for his decades of service to the audio community.
EP. 131 - Bob Dylan
To celebrate the artistry of Bob Dylan, the Music History Project team brought our special guest, NAMM’s own Zach (Dylan’s No. 1 fan) Phillips, to the table. Zach provided his views on Dylan as related to interviews in the NAMM Oral History Collection with the likes of Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris, and the “father of festival sound” Bill Hanley and brother/partner Terry.
EP. 130 - Solomon Burke
Join us for this special episode of The Music History Project featuring an interview with Solomon Burke who is known as one of the founding fathers of soul music. In addition to hearing first-hand from Solomon listen to NAMM’s music historian Dan Del Fiorentino as he recounts fascinating memories of his visit in 2006 with the King of Rock and Soul.
EP. 129 - Latin Jazz
Join us, Suzanne, Alex and Dan, as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a fun discussion about Latin Jazz! This episode will feature two legends of Latin Jazz, bandleader, percussionist and songwriter Tito Puente and percussionist and drummer Walfredo Reyes Sr. Hear firsthand from these innovative musicians and help us spread Jazz appreciation!
Great content, production needs improvement
As far as content goes this podcast is a must for any music lover. NAMM has done a wonderful service to the industry by producing this.
Unfortunately the final production needs some work. Pops and static are unavoidable on older interviews recorded on mag tape but these aren’t removed and sometimes blow your eardrums out (particularly on the Elvis episodes). Also while it is unsurprising that the original interview process did not emphasize recording the interviewer’s voice, the interview question is sometimes relevant and you have to turn up the volume to hear it, only to have your eardrums blown out again when the interviewees answer (or worse in one case when the closing theme song plays).
Given this is spoken content it is fine and should be very simple to clean up the recordings at the loss of some fidelity, to make the listening process more enjoyable.
All in all however, a great podcast!
Thrilled to find this podcast, to hear these r&b greats. Solomon Burke, what a hoot, such spirit, amazing stories about coming up. Have to go listen to all the songs after hearing these supreme artists talk. Otis Redding plane crash--Burke came so close to being in that plane.
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I wanted fewer talking heads and more music examples. I sampled different episodes and was disappointed when someone talked about a recording effect or instrument sound with no illustration. After a while, the hosts’ voices got on my nerves.
A lot of interesting information but it’s supposed to be about music. Let’s HEAR it.