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Knoxville “Jazzbilly”
Branding itself the “Cradle of Country Music,” Knoxville has long been associated with the descendants of so-called “Hillbilly” music. Less well-known is the city’s rich culture of jazz and swing, which existed alongside and mingled with country, bluegrass, old-time and other roots music. Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound archivist Eric Dawson will join Jack Neely to discuss some of the key musicians and moments in Knoxville’s Jazzabilly history. Rare, one-of-a-kind audio recordings and visuals from the TAMIS vaults will be presented, including the earliest known acetate disc recording by Chet Atkins, a cassette of jazz great Stéphane Grappelli’s 1981 appearance at The Bijou recorded by local old-time fiddler Newman Wise, film of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong’s return to East Tennessee, the earliest known recording of WNOX’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round hosted by Lowell Blanchard and more!

Feb 25, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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