The Hidden Factor

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Much has been said about the African and European strains in jazz, but the American Indian element, although pervasive, has largely been ignored.

In this three-part series, Ian Carr looks at the work of musicians with Indian blood in their heritage and assesses the importance of their contributions to the music.

In the first programme, he concentrates on trombonist Kid Ory, saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, trumpeter Bubber Miley and composer Duke Ellington.

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Ian Carr explores the work of musicians with American Indian blood in their heritage and assesses their contributions to jazz.

The second of three programmes features the great bass player Oscar Pettiford, who was three-quarters Italian.

Pettiford was one of the pioneers of bebop and later joined Duke Ellington in the Jimmy Blanton role.

Also in the spotlight are trombonist Jack Teagarden and trumpeter Harry `Sweets' Edison.

/ Three programmes in which Ian Carr looks at the work of musicians with Indian blood in their heritage and assesses the importance of their contributions to jazz.

In the second programme, he looks at the work of the great bass player Oscar Pettiford, who was three-quarters Italian.

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Concluding the series in which Ian Carr looks at the work of musicians with American Indian blood in their heritage and assesses their contributions to jazz.

In this programme, he begins with the music of trumpeter Don Cheatham, whose mother was full Cherokee and father half Choctaw.

He also looks at the work of guitarist Jim Hall, trumpeter Art Farmer and pianists John Lewis, Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver.