Robert Garfias KRAB Radio shows recordings, 1970s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias KRAB Radio shows recordings
4 items  :  EC/OT - 2 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono (1 side only), 7"); 2 AIFF files; Duration: 1:17:33
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Jazz radio programs hosted by Robert Garfias, broadcast on KRAB Radio in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Historical NoteReturn to Top

KRAB radio was the fourth commercial-free, listener-supported radio station in the United States when it was founded by Lorenzo Milam in Seattle in December 1962. KRAB radio was on air for 21 years, during which time a wide variety of programs were aired, including music, poetry, discussions, and commentaries. The radio station went off the air in 1984.

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Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Robert Garfias, jazz radio show host.


79-32.1 EC (79-32.1.aif) - Tr. 1 - Garfias introduces the Digga Rhythm Band (1:07); Tr. 2 - Digga Rhythm Band: Sweet Sixteen (8:03); Tr. 3 - Garfias discusses the Digga Rhythm Band and Lucky Thompson (4:06); Tr. 4 - Lucky Thompson, tenor sax, & big band: Homecoming (Groove Meridian LP) (3:32); Tr. 5 - Lucky Thompson, soprano sax, with bass & piano: Tea Time (5:26); Tr. 6 - Lucky Thompson, tenor sax: Lazy Day (introduced by Garfias) (4:55) (total duration: 27:11)

79-32.2 OT (79-32.2.aif) - Tr. 1 - Garfias introduces saxophone quartet (1:39); Tr. 2-6 - Saxophone quartet (9:42); Tr. 7-13 - Tangos from Argentina, Russia, Vienna (37:51); Tr. 14 - Garfias discusses the tango examples (1:08) (total duration: 50:22)

Note in 79-32.2 OT tape box - "1st 50" of XYZ tape (sax quartet, tangos) / 50", 7 1/2, half tk mono master, date unknown / intro: 'One of the peculiar styles of music that the...' / outro: music"

Transmission Data: Digital files created 1/2012 (48 kHz / 24-bit)

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Big band jazz
  • Big band music
  • Big band music--United States
  • Dance--Argentina
  • Dance--Russia
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk dance music--Argentina
  • Jazz
  • Music--Argentina
  • Music--Austria--Vienna
  • Music--Russia
  • Piano music
  • Radio
  • Saxophone music
  • Tango (Dance)
  • Tango musicians
  • Tangos
  • Tangos (Band)
  • tango--traditional--latin
  • Corporate Names :
  • KRAB-FM Radio Station (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Argentina
  • Russia
  • World
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Folk music radio programs
  • Radio programs
  • Sound Recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Garfias, Robert (performer)
    • Thompson, Lucky (Drummer) (performer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Digga Rhythm Band (performer)