Many thanks to Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas for providing this wonderful and very historical link - a very extensive interview which Dave did with Willis Conover in 1955, with good musical selections interspersed.
Under the wonderful stewardship of Maristella , UNT have established an archive devoted to the late Willis Conover, Voice of America radio programs.
So the VOA described what freedom was all about to people who had never experienced it throughout the world by using jazz music as the vehicle for the demonstration of what freedom sounded like.
Willis was a contractor to the VOA so all the material that he produced -- scripts, tapes of live programs and interviews, pictures, memorabilia, etc. was personnaly owned by him.
When Willis passed away, his estate donated all of his personal materials from the VOA to the University of North Texas.
As of today, parts of the Conover archive are now online and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the Grammy Foundation to digitize the 360 oldest reels collection, covering approximately 1955 through 1969. There are just under 2100 reels in total.
Click here for the interview with Dave.
1. Theme ("Take the 'A' Train") and introduction
2. Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Stompin' for Milli"
3. Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Stardust" (live, with different melody)
4. Conover introduction, interview with Brubeck
5. Dave Brubeck Quartet, "This Can't Be Love"
6. Brubeck's comments
7. Conover's comments, mid-program identification and theme ("Take the 'A' Train")
8. Interview resumes
9. Conover introduction, and "Audrey"
10. Interview resumes
11. Dave Brubeck quartet, "Take the 'A' Train"
12. Closing theme ("Take the 'A' Train") and announcements
For the remainder of the collection posted to date, click here.
Warmest congratulations to Maristella and all at UNT for this magnificent and culturally important work. Highly recommended to all lover of Jazz and beyond.