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Steve Allen - "The Jazz Story" - The Sixth and Final Side of the 1958 Coral Records 3 LP Set - This Last Blast Blows Us Toward The Exalted Tones of Jimmy McPartland, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, Terry Gibbs, Bob Crosby and John Graas

The last side of the tasty three platters called ‘The Jazz Story’. We hope you have enjoyed this cool and collected collection of rare tracks and historical perceptions.

Posted 01/08/2014 12:38 PM

Steve Allen - "The Jazz Story" - Side Five of the 1958 Coral Records Six LP Set - The Beat Continues With the Assistance of Swinging Titans Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Ventura, Erroll Garner and The King Cole Trio

There was a jazz club in NYC called Slugs. It was dark and misty joint surrounded by a cool vapor of black and white sights and sounds. I would venture there to catch Roland Kirk or Paul Bley. At 15 it was my live intro to free form jazz. Upon hearing ‘The Jazz Story’ at 16, older doors opened wide.

Posted 01/04/2014 12:17 PM

Steve Allen - "The Jazz Story" - Side Four - The Fourth Chapter of the 1958 Coral Records 3 LP Set Presenting a Cool Yesteryear Overview of That Thing Called 'Jazz" - With Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald and Big Joe Turner

It is said that Steve wrote over 8500 songs. What we know for certain is that his tunes were recorded by the likes of Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., The Andrews Sisters and Ringo Starr. Not bad.

Posted 12/13/2013 09:54 AM

Steve Allen -"The Jazz Story" - Side Three of the 3 LP 1958 Coral Records Box Set - This Session Locates the Importance of Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, The Dorsey Bros., Adian Rollini, Joe Venuti and Jimmy Lundsford

Steve serves up another heapin’ helpin’ of Jazzy rarities along with a cool side dish of keen observations.

Posted 11/17/2013 01:30 PM

Steve Allen -"The Jazz Story" - The Second Side of the 1958, Three LP, Coral Records Set - In This Passage, Steve Takes Us To the Land of Duke Ellington, Meade Lux Lewis, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum - Rare Tracks and Steve's Insight Rule the Grooves!

“The Jazz Story” was developed by Steve Allen and Leonard Feather. Steve was an extraordinary TV, Big Screen and Musical Talent as well as an historian. Feather was a London born musician and Jazz critic. His “How Blue Can You Get?” as recorded by Louis Jordan and B. B. King, is a blues classic.

Posted 09/27/2013 01:00 PM

Steve Allen - “The Jazz Story” - Side One of the 1958 Coral Records 3 LP Set -‘Stevearino’ Narrated and Co Wrote This Entertaining Expedition Into the Origins and Evolution of America’s Original Art Form- Featuring Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith

Steve had true genius in him. There were few funnier, spontaneous, tuneful, literate or evolved as he. Allen gave Lenny Bruce a voice when TV feared his existence. He allowed Zappa to play a bicycle in prime time and he could debate current events with the best. Steve was indeed a singular talent.

Posted 08/29/2013 04:23 PM

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Jerry Lewis & Steve Allen- A Very Funny Phone Call- 1962

The craft of the prank phone call was elevated from juvenile past time to the big time by Steve Allen as he engaged them with guests on his late night television program. This was not junk. It was improvised art with recipients who frequently rose to the occasion. This call is a sit down stand out.

Posted 04/01/2013 10:11 AM

The Steve Allen Plymouth Show- With Jack Kerouac, Frankie Laine and William Bendix- An Historical Evening Of Silliness, Melody and Literary History!

After introducing America to Lenny Bruce, Steve Allen took a literal literary step in the evolution of network T.V. Steve talked NBC into having a man named Kerouac read from his historical document “On The Road” during a prime time special. This is that entire program from Nov.16, 1959. 1 Hr

Posted 01/17/2010 05:40 AM