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Historic ‘The Complete Jazz at Massey Hall Recordings’ featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play February 5-9

On May 15, 1953, five of jazz's most influential musicians—Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Bud Powell—gathered at Toronto's Massey Hall for what would be the first and only known recording as a quintet. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of this event, Craft Recordings has just reissued this concert, originally released on Debut Records, the label co-founded by Mingus and Max Roach. It's a masterful part of jazz history. It's an essential part of Black history, to be discovered or re-discovered.

From Monday, February 5 through Friday, February 9, one cut from the Hot House: The Complete Jazz at Massey Hall Recordings album will be featured each morning on the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “A Night in Tunisia” from Hot House: The Complete Jazz at Massey Hall Recordings, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.