Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Joe Bev Experience "Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady"





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This time, in honor of Women's History Month, Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady, written, produced, directed, and narrated by Joe Bevilacqua.

One of the most licensed audiobooks on The Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady is veteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua's award-winning audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman. The hour combines never-before-released archive audio, gleaned from thousands of hours of recordings housed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, period news broadcasts, private conversations with Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the words of Lady Bird Johnson from an interview that has never before been released to the public.


"Lady Bird did such wonderful work. I really enjoyed hearing the back story behind the Hy-way beautification act passed during the Johnson Administration."
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Bevilacqua spent nearly five months listening to the rare tapes and traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview Mrs. Johnson's colleagues and friends. The program features Lyndon Johnson Administration staffers Liz
Lady Bird Johnson
Carpenter, Bess Abell, and Nash Castro, Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Director Harry Middleton, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Director Robert Glass Breunig; Lady Bird biographer Jan Jarboe Russell, and First Ladies Betty Ford and Barbara Bush. Other voices heard on the program include Kirk Douglas and Helen Hayes reading from LBJ's and Lady Bird's love letters. The production was produced in association with KUT Radio in Austin, Texas, and overseen by a panel of scholars and experts, including Lewis Gould, retired University of Texas (UT) at Austin Professor of History; Walt Rostow, UT Professor Emeritus, Elspeth Rostow, former dean of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs; Carl Anthony, Washington, D.C., historian; and Don Carleton, director, The Center for American History at UT.

President Lyndon B. Johnson
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"'Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady,' written, narrated and produced by Joe Bevilacqua, is a love letter to a woman admired not only by her fellow Texans but also by the world. The one-hour program was among four winners in the best documentary category at The New York Festivals."   
- Clay Smith, Austin American-Statesman 


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"Informational, Inspiring. This is an excellent, uplifting journey through Lady Bird Johnson's life, and her growth and transition to first lady under tragic conditions. It's wonderful to hear her voice, rendered here in excerpts from interviews she's given and speeches she's made. It is especially poignant to hear a portion of her first audio diary entry, made the day after JFK's assassination. Nuanced choices of music are a production plus, but the strength is in the spoken word. Wisely chosen excerpts create a rich experience. The hour contains a wide range of voices, from historians to those who worked with her or know her, and they pinpoint her influence on LBJ, and on the capital, and the nation -- particularly in the areas of environment, race, and education. She truly is a force for good."   
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PubRadio Vet Joe Bev Reveals His Cancer Battle on NPR's Latino USA premiering Friday, March 13, 2015

PubRadio Vet Joe Bev Reveals His Cancer Battle on NPR's Latino USA, premiering Friday, March 13, 2015. 

The award-winning actor, writer, producer finds silver lining in prostate cancer: a Chilean immigrant named Patrick Nilo (owner of CJ Cabs, Ellenville, New York).

NAPANOCH, N.Y. -- A diagnosis of cancer is never welcomed by anyone. But for veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua  (Joe Bev), his diagnosis had a silver lining. He struck up an unexpected friendship with the cab driver who took him to his radiation treatments, a Chilean immigrant named Patrick Nilo (owner of CJ Cabs, Ellenville, New York) who came to the US in 1973.

Bevilacqua recorded his cab rides and a 4-minute collage will be broadcast on National Public Radio's Latino USA on March 13, 2015.
Bev completed his prostate cancer treatments on December 1, 2015, with a clean bill of health after 48 radiation treatments.

In addition, the complete four hours of cab ride audio is coming out May 2015, as an audio book, "The Cancer Cabby Chronicles," internationally distributed through Blackstone Audio.

This intimate audio vérité conveys a candid realism that will make listeners will feel as if they are in the cab with Joe and Patrick as they share very personal stories of their lives. It was recorded in November and December 2014 by Joe during two months of one hour cab rides from his home in Napanoch to the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie, New York and back again.

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The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev "Fletcher & Sidney"



The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev
"Fletcher  & Sidney"

"I'm Just Wild About Harry", "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Christopher Columbus" will be among the 78 RPM records  heard on this week's edition of Jazz-O-Rama Hour.




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Host Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor:  "Fletcher  & Sidney", including:
1. Swing Parade - Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers (1941)
2. Viper Mad - Sidney Bechet (1938)
3. Limehouse Blues - Sidney Bechet (1941)
4. Grand Terrace Rhythm - Fletcher Henderson (1936)
5. I'm Just Wild About Harry - Sidney Bechet (1937)
6. Polka Dot Rag - Sidney Bechet (1936)
7. Polka Dot Rag - Sidney Bechet (1934)
8. Hold Tight - Sidney Bechet (1938)
9. Marche Du Coloneo Bogey - Sidney Bechet & Willie The Lion Smith (1939)
10. Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson (1934)
11. Meringue D'amour - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
10. Sous Les Palmiers [Meringue] - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
11. Baba [Rhumba] - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
12. All God's Children Got Rhythm (1937)
13. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) - Fletcher Henderson
14. Christopher Columbus - Fletcher Henderson (1936)
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Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.


James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr.
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. His was one of the most prolific black orchestras and his influence was vast. Fletcher Henderson led the most commercially successful of the African-American Jazz bands of the 1920s. The smooth sound of his orchestra gave birth to the Swing style of the next decade.

"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" is a 1936 song, written by Louis Prima and first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang and released in March 1936 as a 78 as Brunswick 7628 (with "It's Been So Long"
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as the B side). It is strongly identified with the big band and swing eras. It was covered by Fletcher Henderson and most famously Benny Goodman. Originally entitled "Sing Bing Sing", in reference to Bing Crosby, it was soon retitled for use in wider contexts. The song has since been covered by numerous artists. The original version of the song by Louis Prima includes lyrics, but, due to the better-known Benny Goodman version being instrumental (and including many musical flourishes in its arrangement), many assume the song was written as such.


On July 6, 1937, "Sing, Sing, Sing" was recorded in Hollywood with Benny Goodman on clarinet; Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and Chris Griffin on trumpets; Red Ballard and Murray McEachern on trombones; Hymie Schertzer and George Koenig on alto saxophones; Art Rollini and Vido Musso on tenor saxophone; Jess Stacy on piano; Allan Reuss on guitar; Harry Goodman on bass; and Gene Krupa on drums. The song was arranged by Jimmy Mundy. Unlike most big band arrangements of that era, limited in length to three minutes so that they could be recorded on one side of a standard 10-inch 78-rpm record, Goodman band version was an extended work. The 1937 recording lasted 8 min 43 seconds, and took both sides of a 12-inch 78. At its longest, a live recording (with impromptu solos) was recorded and took 12 min 30 sec. Mundy's arrangement incorporated "Christopher Columbus", a piece written by Chu Berry for the Fletcher Henderson band, as well as Prima's work.


Noble Sissle
"I'm Just Wild About Harry" is a song written in 1921 with lyrics by Noble Sissle and music by Eubie Blake for the Broadway show Shuffle Along. "I'm Just Wild About Harry" was the most popular number of the production, which was the first financially successful Broadway play to have African-American writers and an all African-American cast. The song broke what had been a taboo against musical and stage depictions of romantic love between African-Americans.

Originally written as a waltz, Blake rewrote the number as a foxtrot at the singer's request. The result was a simple, direct, joyous, and infectious tune enhanced onstage by improvisational dancing. In 1948 Harry S. Truman selected "I'm Just Wild About Harry" as his campaign song for the United States presidential election of 1948. Its success in politics led to a popular revival.

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, and produces 14 other shows: The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, The Joe Bev Audio Theater, The Voice Actor Show, Lorie's Book Nook, Fred Frees Favorites, Audio Classics Archive, The J-OTR Show, The Lost OTR Show, Aroma Thyme Radio, What's Cooking?, The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Celebrity Interviews, and the upcoming new show Movies on the Air.

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