Crime jazz, on ‘Davisville’

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Crime jazz, on ‘Davisville’

If you’ve watched enough TV or old movies, you could probably hum at least a few songs from this genre — think “Dragnet,” “Shaft” or “Mission: Impossible.”

But although crime and spy jazz produced iconic melodies, says Davis writer Derrick Bang, these days the style is largely dormant. Bang has written two new books, “Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen” (covering 1950-70 and 1971-present), to help bring the music out of the shadows.

On the latest edition of the KDRT program “Davisville,” Bang discusses the music, the way it draws attention, the value of a killer opening theme, and why the style faded.

“Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, is broadcast on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

The interview with Bang, who’s also The Enterprise’s longtime film critic, began airing Monday, will be broadcast through July 19, and is available anytime at or on Apple podcasts.



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