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Forgotten Jazz Great: Charleston's Fud Livingston

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Charleston’s Fud Livingston, 'Jazz Age' arranger, composer, and musician, made memorable music.

(Originally broadcast 05/18/18) - Joseph Anthony “Fud” Livingston, born in Charleston, SC, in 1906, was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, and composer who played with some of the most renowned musicians of the Jazz Age, including Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy. He arranged for Broadway and wrote songs, the most famous of which is “I’m Through with Love.”

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Fud’s great-nephew, and jazz historian Ben Franklin V join Walter Edgar to talk about the life and music of Livingston, and his place among the South Carolina musicians in the Jazz Era.

All Stations: Fri, Sep 28, 12 pm | News & Talk Stations: Sun, Sep 29, 4 pm

Please note: The music heard on the broadcast episode is *not* licensed for on-demand publication and is, therefore, not included in this podcast. You can find some of the recordings featured in the broadcast on You Tube:

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The only surviving example of music played by Charleston's Jenkins Orphanage band is in this set of Movietone News out takes.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.