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Don Manning former KBOO "Bebop Spoken Here" Dies

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  • Started 3 years ago by Craig_Adams
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  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Thanks to Terry Currier for the heads up on this:

    Don Manning has died at age 82. He hosted "Bebop Spoken Here" (The Don Manning Jazz Show) on KBOO from 1979 to 2005. Don also was a DJ on KCNR "Cool Jazz 1410" in 1986 while still with KBOO.

    From the KBOO website:

    Today KBOO will broadcast "Don Manning -- A Portland Bebop Legend!" 12 Noon to 2:00pm. Nick Gefroh gathers a few of the friends of former jazz programer Don Manning, professor of Bebop-ology, for a live tribute program. Portland jazz historian Bob Dietsche co-hosts. If you have a Don Manning story to share, come down to 20 SE 8th or call in during the show at 503-231-8187 (as time permits). Don interviewed many famous jazz musicians he knew, like Dizzy Gillespie, live in KBOO's old Yamhill studio, in about 1980. The show will include some archived material from Don's shows.

    This was written about Don in "The Oregonian" June 19, 1985:

    "DON MANNING has a jazz radio show every Wednesday at Noon on KBOO. Called "Bebop Spoken Here" the show delves into jazz of the 40's and 50's. Manning has a large and apparently well-cared-for collection of Charlie Parker recordings. When Savoy Records decided to re-release a double LP of "Bird's" music, it found Manning's records flawless enough to use for the reissue. The new LP is called "Bird At The Roost: The Complete Royal Roost Performances," which features a young Miles Davis and Max Roach in live settings. Manning is credited on the LP sleeve."

    Posted on September 10, 2014 - 01:23 AM #
  2. shipwreck

    "Crusty" Don had an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and an impressive collection, perfect for his KBOO show. His best shows were when he had some of his jazz buddies on with him, even though they talked as much as half the show.

    Posted on September 10, 2014 - 09:07 AM #
  3. Andy_brown

    The jazz of the 40's and 50's is not given enough credit in today's music scene for being a training ground for many of the jazz musicians of the 60's which in turn helped shape just about genre of music going forward.

    I need to look into Bird At The Roost. Miles Davis has been a major influence in many of today's top composers in many genres.

    Thanks for posting.

    Posted on September 10, 2014 - 12:41 PM #
  4. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Don Manning, Oregonian obit. Memorial today. Don was 87 years old. Not 82 as first reported:

    Posted on September 21, 2014 - 03:02 AM #