Billie Holiday Performs
Billie Holiday performed at the fourth Town Hall Jazz Concert. Holiday would return in 1948 for her first major solo show.
(Photo by Chuck Stewart)
Town Meeting: Let's Face the Race Question
Langston Hughes discussed how “the Race Question” should be handled in America. Although discussing “a question that [was] considered by some timid souls to be dangerous,” the speakers were able to stir up a thoughtful debate which could inspire people around the country to engage in this important inquiry.
Eddie Condon Town Hall Blue Network Broadcast Series
9, 16, 23 & 30 September 1944—Live Recording
Comprising programs 17, 18, 19 & 20
From 1944 to 1945 Eddie Condon (1905-1973) lead a series of recordings at Town Hall that were broadcast weekly on the radio. Condon opened his own club in 1945, and recorded for Columbia in the 1950s. He was one of the gang of young white Chicago jazz musicians in the 1920s. After organizing some record sessions, Condon switched to guitar, and moved to New York in 1929 he lead some sessions for the Commodore label and he became a star.
Town Meeting: What Can We As Individuals Do To Help Prevent World Famine?
In an unusual debate in which all four speakers were in agreement, Former Mayor of New York Fiorello LaGuardia visited The Town Hall to participate in a discussion of how the people of America could help solve the world food crisis. This Town Meeting received the more mail and questions than any had before, showing the deep concerns that people had throughout the country.
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Diz and Bird were joined by Max Roach in this 1945 concert, the record of which was not initially released, either due to the controversial nature of bebop at the time, or simply because the record was misplaced. Either way, we’re very happy that this legendary concert is now available for us to listen to! (More info here and here.)
Town Meeting: Should the Communist Party be Outlawed in the United States?
Joseph R. McCarthy joins Elis Arnall, Edward Arthur Hayes and Leo Cherne
Moderator: George V. Denny, Jr.
Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) was an American senator who accused many individuals of subversive activities and roused considerable public support for investigations and persecutions carried on by the House of Un-American Activities committee. His campaign of slander gave rise to the term "McCarthyism."
Town Meeting: What Can We Do to Improve Race and Religious Relationships in America?
Clare Boothe Luce joins Charles P. Taft and Walter White. Interrogators: Max Lerner and Moderator: George V. Denny, Jr.
American playwright, congresswoman and ambassador, Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1978) was the managing editor of Vanity Fair, war correspondent for Life magazine, and a member of the US House of Representatives. She was the second woman to serve as US Ambassador. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, her plays include: The Women, Kiss The Boys Goodbye and Margin for Error.
Town Meeting: Are We Depending Too Much on Government for General Welfare?
Huberty Humphrey and Owen Brewster
Moderator: George V. Denny, Jr.
Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978) was a Senator from Minnesota and Vice President under Lyndon Johnson. He was unsuccessful as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1968; but was elected in 1970 to the United States Senate and reelected in 1976.
Burl Ives Plays Seven Encores
Burl Ives played for a full house, with hits like "Frankie and Johnnie" and "Lolly Too Dum Day". Per audience demand, he played seven encores.