Radio Documentary

As a tribute to Tony Levin, and his substantial contribution to British jazz, Alan Musson dedicated an entire episode of his show, Jazz Kaleidoscope, to Tony’s music. The programme, broadcast June 20th on 102.5 The ‘Bridge (available on 102.5fm) included contributions from some of Tony Levin’s friends and musical associates including Simon Spillett, Paul Dunmall and Tony Dudley-Evans, as well as contributions from Tim Wall, Professor of Popular Music at BCU who collaborated with Tony to develop tonylevin.org

Alan Musson has kindly allowed us to feature a full version of the programme that was originally broadcast. In order to cover the whole of Tony’s career in the programme many of the recordings were featured in edited form. Here you will be able to hear the tracks in their entirety, in an eight-part extended version of the programme.

Jazz Kaleidoscope can be heard every week on 102.5 The ‘Bridge (available on 102.5fm in Stourbridge and the surrounding area), and streamed at www.thebridgeradio.net every Monday from 9pm UK time.

Part 1:

Music- Second City Steamer.

Alan intro

Tony Levin on early years, education,

Alan intro about Tony’s paper round & purchasing drums

Tony on first set of drums

 

Part 2:

Music- Mexican Green

Alan & Tim discuss Mexican green & about Tony teaching, playing with students

Music- Inner Urge

Alan- back announcing

 

Part 3:

Alan- Welcome back, intro into section with Simon Spillett

Simon Spillett section inc: Getting into Tony, members only, second city steamer

Music- Second city steamer (extended version)

Simon Spillett- Meeting Tubby Hayes, talk on rhythm sections

Simon Spillett- getting to know Tony, jazz writing (Dancing slipper)

Music- Walking

Alan- re-announcing programme details

 

Part 4:

Alan- intro into Simon Spillett

Simon Spillett- ‘Kindness’, getting to know Tony & his personality

Simon Spillett- Playing with Tony

Simon Spillett- Talks about TCB album

Music- Skidmore One on One

Alan- re-announcing Simon Spillett

Simon Spillett- on free Jazz, working with Paul Dunmall

Simon Spillett- On Tony’s health

Alan- Programme details, ‘reminisce’ of Tony Levin

Music- California Here I Come (Gordon Beck Trio)

Alan- back announcing track. Alan & TIm discuss Appleby,

Music- Journey

Alan- back announces Journey. Alan & Tim discuss

 

Part 5:

Music- Bull Dance

Alan- Welcome back (2nd hour), back announces ‘Labyrinth’. Alan & Tim discuss.

Music- Pause

Alan- back announces track. Alan & Tim discuss, intro into Shadows

Music- Shadows

Alan- back announces track. Alan & Tim discuss track

 

Part 6:

Tony Dudley-Evans. First met Tony.

Alan intro into Tony about Mujician

Tony Levin- Talks about Mujician

Alan- intro into Paul Dunmall

Paul Dunmall- talks about Tony (the man)

Paul & Alan talk about Tony (interview esq) on swinging

Paul Dunmall on Mujician

Music- The Hands are Just Shadows

Alan- back announces Mujician. Alan & Tim discuss

 

Part 7:

Alan- back announces programme details

Music- Dunmall Wind

Alan & Tim discuss

 

Part 8:

Music- Footloose

Alan- back announces track, intro into Ray Warleigh

Ray Warleigh – talks about Tony

Alan & Tim discuss Tony, his health & death, his legacy

Music- A Flower is a Lovesome Thing