Phil Schaap Jazz
Phil Schaap in the studios of the Columbia University radio station WKCR-FM in 1996. Phil Schaap (1951-2021) was a prominent voice in New York radio since 1970. He taught in the Graduate Division at Juilliard and was the academic head of Swing University for Jazz at Lincoln Center. For 14 years, Phil taught in the American Studies Department at Princeton University. He has been profiled in the New Yorker magazine for his seminal role in the preservation of Jazz music, and is widely regarded as one of its foremost scholars. The knowledge and radio broadcasts on this website are the result of his lifelong immersion in America's finest original art form, and represent the highest possible quality of information available in modern Jazz scholarship. This site is maintained by Phil's students to honor his legacy by providing accurate and explanatory Jazz information through his archival radio broadcasts and writings.

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  • Traditions In Swing: Sidney Bechet Needs To Be Heard

    Listening is emphasized in this program on legendary Sidney Bechet recordings made in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Traditions In Swing: Joe Robichaux

    Phil explores the obscure 1933 recordings of New Orleans pianist Joe Robichaux.

  • Bird Flight: Early 1951 Overview Part 1

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    Part 1 of an overview of Bird’s activities in early 1951.

  • Bird Flight: Early 1951 Overview Part 2

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    Part 2 of an overview of Bird’s activities in early 1951.

  • Bird Flight: 1950-1951 Quintet Part 1

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    Part 1 in a series acknowledges an overlooked quintet that Bird led from late 1950 to early 1951 on a hiatus from Charlie Parker with Strings.

  • Bird Flight: 1950-1951 Quintet Part 2

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    Part 2 in a series acknowledges an overlooked quintet that Bird led from late 1950 to early 1951 on a hiatus from Charlie Parker with Strings.

  • Bird Flight: William Henry Apartments Jam Session

    Phil investigates the jam session recording of January 7, 1951 at Jimmy Knepper and Joe Maini’s apartment.

  • Bird Flight: "Star Eyes"

    Phil plays the recordings of Bird’s January 17, 1951 studio session and examines the repertory choice of “Star Eyes”.

  • Bird Flight: Great BeBop by Bird

    After a successful fundraiser, Phil takes a break from the chronology to play a selection of great BeBop by Bird.

  • Out To Lunch: Frankie Newton Part 1

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    Part 1 of 5 in a comprehensive examination of the lost master of the trumpet, Frankie Newton.

  • Out To Lunch: Frankie Newton Part 2

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    Part 2 of 5 in a comprehensive examination of the lost master of the trumpet, Frankie Newton.

  • Out To Lunch: Frankie Newton Part 3

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    Part 3 of 5 in a comprehensive examination of the lost master of the trumpet, Frankie Newton.

  • Out To Lunch: Frankie Newton Part 4

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    Part 4 of 5 in a comprehensive examination of the lost master of the trumpet, Frankie Newton.

  • Out To Lunch: Frankie Newton Part 5

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    Part 5 of 5 in a comprehensive examination of the lost master of the trumpet, Frankie Newton.

  • Traditions In Swing: Chick Webb Instrumentals

    Phil concentrates on the recorded instrumental tracks to emphasize the greatness of Chick Webb’s orchestra.

  • Out To Lunch: Roy Eldridge with Gene Krupa for Black History Month

    For the closing show in his annual Black History Month series, Phil presents the music that came from Roy Eldridge integrating the Gene Krupa Orchestra.

  • Bird Flight: Cherokees

    With the 1943 demo disc recording as a framework, Phil plays every recording of Parker playing the song “Cherokee”.

  • Bird Flight: Bird on Tenor Saxophone

    Phil plays the almost complete recordings of Bird on tenor saxophone.

  • Bird Flight: 1943 Demo Disc

    Phil reviews the significant 1943 demo disc session done by Bird in Kansas City.

  • Bird Flight: Noble Sissle

    Phil examines the possibility that Bird is present on a May of 1944 recording of the Noble Sissle Orchestra.

  • Bird Flight: Tiny Grimes 1944

    Phil plates the September 15, 1944 Savoy recording date of Tiny Grimes, which featured Bird.

  • Kalaparusha Memorial Broadcast

    Phil offers some brief recollections of saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre for the opening of a memorial program.

  • Traditions In Swing: Count Basie for Black History Month

    Phil brings forth the overlooked actions of Count Basie that justify his place in Black History Month celebrations.

  • Out To Lunch: Larger Ensemble Brownie

    Phil plays the recordings made by Clifford Brown in ensembles larger than his familiar combos.

  • Bird Flight: Benny Goodman Overdubs Part 1

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    Phil investigates the dating of the Charlie Parker overdubs of Benny Goodman small group recordings, and offers some thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Bird Flight: Benny Goodman Overdubs Part 2

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    Phil investigates the dating of the Charlie Parker overdubs of Benny Goodman small group recordings.

  • Bird Flight: Tiny Grimes 1944 Part 1

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    Putting the September of 1944 Savoy session of Tiny Grimes into focus, Phil discusses the practices of the era related to composition and Bird’s original, “Red Cross”

  • Bird Flight: Tiny Grimes 1944 Part 2

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    Putting the September of 1944 Savoy session of Tiny Grimes into focus, Phil discusses the composition “I’ll Always Love You Just The Same” and Grimes’ earlier band, The Cats and the Fiddle.

  • Bird Flight: Clyde Hart 1945 Part 1

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    Phil tells the story of Bird’s involvement in two vocal dates on the Continental label organized by pianist Clyde Hart in January of 1945.

  • Bird Flight: Clyde Hart 1945 Part 2

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    Phil tells the story of Bird’s involvement in two vocal dates on the Continental label organized by pianist Clyde Hart in January of 1945.

  • Bird Flight: Bird with Lennie Tristano and Allen Eager

    Phil takes a break from the chronology, playing Bird’s recordings with Allen Eager and Lennie Tristano.

  • Bird Flight: Red Norvo 1945 Part 1

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    Phil delves into one of the first BeBop recording sessions, Red Norvo’s June 6, 1945 date for Comet.

  • Bird Flight: Red Norvo 1945 Part 2

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    Phil delves into one of the first BeBop recording sessions, Red Norvo’s June 6, 1945 date for Comet.

  • Traditions In Swing: Louie Bellson Memorial Broadcast

    Phil remembers legendary drummer Louie Bellson.

  • Traditions In Swing: Leonard Gaskin Memorial Broadcast

    Phil remembers bassist Leonard Gaskin, the patriarch of Brooklyn BeBop.

  • Out To Lunch: Tommy Flanagan 79th Birthday Broadcast

    Phil celebrates the birthday of Detroit pianist Tommy Flanagan, who made music with John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Out To Lunch: Territory Bands

    Phil explores the concept of territory bands, featuring obscure music from the 1920s by Lloyd Scott, Cecil Scott, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Walter Anderson, George Osborne, Arnold Frank, The Marigold Entertainers, Wally Erickson, Slatz Randall, Charlie Creath, Oscar Celestin, and Fate Marable.

  • Bird Flight: Spring 1945 Concerts Part 1

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    Phil discusses a Sarah Vaughan record date and two concerts, all recorded in the spring of 1945.

  • Bird Flight: Spring 1945 Concerts Part 2

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    Phil discusses two concerts and a Red Norvo record date, all recorded in the spring of 1945.

  • Bird Flight: June 22, 1945 Town Hall Concert Part 1

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    Phil presents the music of the Town Hall concert given on June 22, 1945 by Dizzy Gillespie’s working quintet.

  • Bird Flight: June 22, 1945 Town Hall Concert Part 2

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    Phil presents the music of the Town Hall concert given on June 22, 1945 by Dizzy Gillespie’s working quintet.

  • Bird Flight: June 22, 1945 Town Hall Concert Part 3

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    Phil presents the music of the Town Hall concert given on June 22, 1945 by Dizzy Gillespie’s working quintet.

  • Bird Flight: June 22, 1945 Town Hall Concert Part 4

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    Phil presents the music of the Town Hall concert given on June 22, 1945 by Dizzy Gillespie’s working quintet.

  • Max Roach Birthday Broadcast (85th)

    After examining some miscellaneous Max Roach items, Phil jumps into a presentation on the drummer’s 1949 recordings done after leaving Charlie Parker’s group.

  • Out To Lunch: 39 Records for Phil's 39th Broadcast Anniversary

    On the 39th anniversary of his first WKCR broadcast, Phil plays a selection of 39 different legendary to obscure Jazz records.

  • Traditions In Swing: Benny Morton 102nd Birthday Broadcast

    Phil Provides a brief biography of trombonist Benny Morton, and plays his recordings with Billie Holiday.

  • Out To Lunch: New Orleans Rhythm Kings

    Phil plays the early and pioneering recordings of the legendary New Orleans Rhythm Kings from 1922 and 1923.

  • Traditions In Swing: Coleman Hawkins on Keynote

    Phil plays the complete recordings as a leader by Coleman Hawkins done for the Keynote label in 1944.

  • Bird Flight: Joe Albany Birthday Broadcast

    Phil takes a break from the examination of unidentified 1951 material to celebrate the 80th birthday of pianist Joe Albany.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 1

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 2

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 3

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 4

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 5

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Bird Flight: Bird's Issued Records Part 6

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    Phil explores the recordings of Charlie Parker that were released and widely available in his lifetime.

  • Out To Lunch: Cannonball Adderley 80th Birthday Broadcast Part 1

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    Phil celebrates the 80th birthday anniversary of the legendary alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley with a program on his earliest recordings.

  • Out To Lunch: Cannonball Adderley 80th Birthday Broadcast Part 2

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    Phil celebrates the 80th birthday anniversary of the legendary alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley with a program on his late 1950s recordings with Miles Davis.

  • Out To Lunch: Cannonball Adderley 80th Birthday Broadcast Part 3

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    Phil celebrates the 80th birthday anniversary of the legendary alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley with a program on his 1960s recordings as a leader.

  • Freddie Hubbard Memorial Broadcast Part 1

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    Phil remembers and pays tribute to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

  • Freddie Hubbard Memorial Broadcast Part 2

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    Phil remembers and pays tribute to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

  • Freddie Hubbard Memorial Broadcast Part 3

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    Phil remembers and pays tribute to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.