A native of Louisville who has achieved some notoriety as a jazz musician, Helen Humes discusses her childhood and parents; Bessie Allen's Sunday School at Ninth and Magazine Street in Louisville, the childhood training ground for many local jazz musician
Mr. Key was a musician. He was born in Louisville but really launched his career in Chicago before touring as a singer. In this interview, he discusses his career, including the stint he did in the U.S. Army in Asia and Europe. He also discusses the music "scene" in Louisville in the middle of the twentieth century, beginning with the nightclubs that were open in the 1920s-1940s, under segregation, and including an assessment of the clubs hosting live music in the 1970s. Mr. Key also assesses the local talent, and discusses the difficulty of making it as a performer in Louisville.
Lyon, a long time professor of brass and music theory at the University of Louisville School of Music, recalls changes within the school and at the University from the time he came in 1938 until his retirement in 1985. During the 1938-1958 years, he headed the University's bands, including the marching band. He has several interesting stories from that experience. He also discusses his role as part-time pastor of Louisville area Churches of Christ from 1943 on.