139 episodes

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.

The Music History Project NAMM Resource Center

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    • 4.4 • 36 Ratings

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 - 139 The Otis Redding Foundation

    EP - 139 The Otis Redding Foundation

    This episode of The Music History Project highlights the important philanthropic work of the Otis Redding Foundation — launched in 2007 by Otis’ wife, Zelma, to honor his memory. Otis’ grandson Justin Andrews, director of special projects and outreach, and his daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, vice president and executive director, describe the foundation’s music and arts education programs, which are designed to empower, enrich and motivate young people through music, writing and instrumentation. As a special treat for all Otis Redding fans, Justin and Karla gracefully share their insights about Otis Redding as a father, his music and his support for education.

    • 25 min
    Ep - 138 Yes

    Ep - 138 Yes

    Joining the Music History Project podcast team for a special episode dedicated to the band Yes with our guest longtime musician, arranger and our friend Mr. Bill Kilpatrick! Together we will explore the incredible talents of those in the band we have interviewed over the years including Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP - 137 Sylvia Massy

    EP - 137 Sylvia Massy

    Back by popular demand! While listening to our favorite music, we often overlook the unseen force, creativity and vast knowledge of the recording engineer. We repost this exciting episode of the Music History Project (with a special guest) as we discover the background and techniques of a true pioneer, Sylvia Massy!

    • 37 min
    EP - 136 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 4

    EP - 136 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 4

    The final podcast in our series dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop provides the views of leading DJs and how equipment advanced as well as the growth of the mobile DJ and DJ battling. Check out this episode with DJ Qbert, Dave Lopez, DJ Imperial JayCee (may he rest in peace), DJ Aladdin and DJ Sir Jinx. Join us and our very special guest musician, curator of culture, and frontman of the Lyrical Groove, Kendrick Dial.

    • 52 min
    EP - 135 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 3

    EP - 135 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 3

    For this third episode of the hip-hop series, the focus shifts to the West Coast with interview segments from Chris The Glove, DJ Tony G, Chopmaster J and Arabian Prince. Join us and our very special guest musician, curator of culture, and frontman of the Lyrical Groove, Kendrick Dial.

    • 32 min
    EP - 134 Hip-Hop @ 50 Part 2

    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.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

tr1999 ,

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!

Soulful Lamb ,

Rare opportunity

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.

skabandmama ,

Music History Project

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.

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