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John Hammond – Interview segment with Gilbert Seldes


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John Hammond, the record producer who helped guide the early careers of Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen and many others in all fields of popular music.

Here, along with host Gilbert Seldes in a 1950s CBS TV broadcast, Hammond briefly discusses the pairing of Fletcher Henderson and Benny Goodman, making Swing a pop music phenomenon.

They are then joined by Buck Clayton, Doc Severinsen, Carl Pool (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Morton (tb), Tony Scott (cl, as), Sid Cooper (as), Ben Webster, Paul Quinichette (ts), Billy Taylor (p), Mundell Lowe (g), Eddie Safranski (b) and Ed Thigpen (d) as they deliver “King Porter Stomp”. Soloists include Clayton, Quinichette, Scott, Clayton, Webster and Morton.

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