Dick Buckley, a jazz DJ who had a 50-year career on radio, has died. I have probably listened to more jazz on his WBEZ Chicago radio shows than I have from any other source in my life because his extensive record collection, encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, his turn of phrase and his melifluous baritone voice made his shows so appealing. Some typical comments from him were that a trumpeter played a piece, "with all ten fingers and both elbows," or that a song was from album entitled Greatest Garner but that any song by Erroll Garner was great. He'd provide extensive details on a particular recording then add, "Although the liner notes say that so-and-so was on that track, it was clearly the style of what's-his-name who was in the band at the time."
He was an absolute treasure. The Chicago Public Library's Harold
Washington Library Center houses Dick Buckley's Archives of Jazz in the
Music Information Center. It covers 1989-1993, takes up 32 linear feet
and contains over 400 hours from Mr. Buckley’s show on WBEZ,
recorded on reel to reel audiotape, often with a program log included.
The Chicago Tribune web site had a brief
obituary. I anticipate that more
complete coverage will appear in tomorrow's print edition.