Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 32 (1924)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 30th January 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Sound curator James Errington presents the story of recorded music year by year. This time we go back to 1924, the year of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and music critic John Lewis tells us about why this piece, this recording and this composer have all made such an indelible mark on American music, and hold such power nearly a century later. the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

However, as it is too late to do any of those things, here is is on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 31 (1923)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 2nd December 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington once again takes you back to the early days of recorded music with original recordings, this time to 1923, which saw the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

…or as it is already too late to do any of those things, why not use this handy listen again facility?

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 30 (1922)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 5th December 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip back into the past with audio archivist James Errington, this time joined by folk musician Mark Bilyeu from Springfield, Missouri to delve into the music of 1922, the year of the first country music recordings, stride piano from Fats Waller and James P Johnson, and the notorious million-selling Okeh laughing record.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

…or as it’s already too late to do any of these things, you can simply “listen again” to this extended mix at your leisure.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 29 (1921)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 7th November 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio curator James Errington is joined from New York by Michael Daddino to explore original recordings from 1921, including more classical female blues, novelty piano, melancholy Klezmer, the organised chaos of Dixieland jazz, and the most unintentionally sinister recording of the decade.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

…or as it’s too late to do any of these things, here is the Mixcloud player.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 28 (1920)

Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip into the early days of recorded music with audio curator James Errington, this time joined by Grammy-nominated blues, soul, and Americana singer and songwriter Janiva Magness to explore the sounds of 1920, the year Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds kicked off the explosion of female blues singers who broke the white New York stranglehold on the music business and paved the way for the roaring twenties.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

Or, as you have you missed the broadcast, not to worry, the listen again function has magically appeared below.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 27 (1919)

Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 12th September 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another sonic journey into the pre-history of recorded music with James Errington, this time joined by London musician Cecily to listen to some of the sounds of 1919, a lull between the first jazz boom and the start of blues with a cornucopia of exotic sounds springing up to fill the gap.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

Or, as you’ve already missed the broadcast, not to worry, you can use this player instead.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 26 (1918)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 15th August 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

More treasures excavated from musical history with sound curator James Errington. This time it’s 1918, the war is nearly over, but the war records are just getting into their stride, and the shockwave of this new music we’re now calling jazz is still shaking the record industry to its foundations. An exciting, turbulent year for music and for the world.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

Or, as it is too late to do any of those things, just stream it here.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 25 (1917)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 18th July 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio curator James Errington is joined by jazz historian Joe Moore to discuss the astonishing year of 1917, when a new music called “Jass” or “Jaz” or “Jazz” swept the world, changing it forever. A genuinely astonishing time for music, brought to life with contemporary archive sounds.

You can listen to the show live on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

I mean, you could have, it’s too late to listen live now. But no worries, you can still listen here:

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 24 (1916)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 20th June 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

This time James Errington is joined by John Ashlin to explore the music of 1916. While Europe lies devastated in the midst of the darkest year of the first world war, America is hotting up, with the birth of jazz and blues music imminent, while the old world of Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley is struggling to adapt.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

But as you’ve already missed it, here is a mixcloud stream, so you can listen at your leisure. Enjoy!

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 23 (1915)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 23rd May 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington takes you on another journey into the pre-history of recorded sound – this time joined by Cambridge 105 Radio’s own Alex Elbro to explore the music of 1915, from hot dance ragtime to South-American proto-tango, English music hall comedy and some surprising responses to the first world war.

You could have listened to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps. But instead, as you missed it already, you could just listen via this handy mixcloud player.