Up A Lazy River With George Melly

An eight-part series in which singer and broadcaster George Melly undertakes an epic journey across America, tracing the development of jazz and blues.

Along the way he talks to bluesmen, composers and arrangers, and plays music from the archives.

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An eight-part series in which singer and broadcaster George Melly undertakes an epic journey across America, tracing the development of jazz and blues.

Along the way he talks to bluesmen, composers and arrangers, and plays music from the archives.

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In this second programme, he is in Oxford, Mississippi, where he visits the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi, and tracks down the hospital - now a hotel - where singer Bessie Smith died.

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In this third programme, he stops off in Beale Street, the home of jazz and blues in Memphis, and visits the home of W C Handy, which is now a museum.

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In the fourth of eight programmes, he surveys the famous Gateway Arch of St Louis from the deck of a paddle steamer.

At Scott Joplin House he explores the connection between jazz and ragtime and meets the composer's descendants at a family reunion.

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In the fifth of eight programmes, he visits Kansas City, the home of Big Joe Turner and Bennie Moten, and talks to bandleader Jay McShann, whose band included Charlie Parker

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In the sixth of eight programmes, he pays the first of two visits to Chicago, where he goes to the University of Chicago Jazz Archive.

He then takes a cruise around the city to explore the sites where the great jazz clubs used to be.

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In the seventh of eight programmes, he explores the postwar heritage of jazz and blues in the Windy City.

He talks to cult jazz poet Ken Nordine, discusses segregation with Charles Walton, and takes a late-night trip to a blues club with guitarist Greg Parker.

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He travels back to his starting point in New Orleans, where he takes a look around the Jazz Museum, pays a visit to the grave of voodoo queen Marie Laveau and talks to singer, composer and arranger Allen Toussaint.