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Jazz Marathon 2000 - October 13-20

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Marathon Schedule
Fri, October 13th
| Sat, October 14th| Sun, October 15th|
Mon, October 16th| Tue, October 17th| Wed, October 18th|
Thu, October 19th| Fri, October 20th

Premium List

Check out some of the great premiums we have available for donations this year, including the tshirt and "Great Day in Charlottesville", the much talked about portrait of our local jazz artists!


For our first Jazz Marathon of the new century, WTJU decided to celebrate the amazing wealth of talented jazz and blues performers residing within our broadcast range. Many of these same musicians, including Corey Harris, Stephanie Nakasian, Nick Page and George Turner, grace the airwaves with regular programs on 91.1. As part of this celebration, we will broadcast live performances from our new studio by a wide variety of area jazz and blues artists, every evening of the marathon from 7 to 9 p.m. Also watch for special shows hosted by, or featuring some of our "local heroes," such as John D'earth discussing his long and eclectic recording career. Extended tributes to Louis Armstrong, John Zorn (who recently played here before a large, wildly enthusiastic crowd), and others are also planned. As part of this tribute, a photograph was taken of as many jazz and blues musicians as we could gather together in one place at one time, and it is posted on our website. Color 8" by 12" prints are available as premiums. Another premium, as of now only available during the jazz marathon, is a very special CD featuring recordings by various area jazz and blues artists. This disc includes several previously unreleased tracks.

WTJU needs your donations now more than ever, due to the tremendous expense of moving our studios. We are confident that you have already noticed a difference in sound quality, and the jazz marathon will give us a chance to show off our new performance studio and our top of the line production facilities. As always, please give generously, and support not only "Your Sound Choice in Central Virginia," but also all the improvising artists in the area, who help make this such an exciting and vital place to live.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the musicians who are donating their time to the marathon, as well as to Ralph Graves, Grady Lewis, Stubblefield Photo Lab, Mutt's Digital Pics, Corey Harris, Darrell Rose (this year's T-Shirt artist) and the many businesses that donated premiums. To view this year's T-Shirt or any of the Jazz Marathon artwork go to our website at

Gary Funston and David Eisenman
WTJU Jazz Department

Marathon Schedule

Friday, October 13th

Fri 10/13 9:00 -noon
The Local Jazz Scene
WTJU starts this year's festivities off with a bang, with Nick and Steve playing the best recordings by our brightest area-jazz and blues stars, featuring previously unreleased tracks off our new WTJU jazz compilation, available as a premium.

Fri 10/13 Noon - 2:00pm
Altissimus! The Alto Sax Greats
Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker and Benny Carter; Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Phil Woods. You, your checkbook, and WTJU, Tom Klippstein takes your pledges.

Fri 10/13 2:00 - 4:00pm
Bossa Brasiliera
A sweeping overview of Brazil's sweet sounds of Saudade, from the early pop emergence of Joao Gilberto (and Stan Getz), to today's stylings by his daughter, Bebel and other greats. Gal Costa, Rita Ribiero, and Chico Cesar join in as the melodic vanguard of South America's musical jewel. Goldfinger guides.

Fri 10/13 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Fri 10/13 5:05 - 7:00pm
James Brown: I Know You Got Soul
Funky stuff from the JB's, including Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis , and of course, the Godfather himself, James Brown.

Fri 10/13 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: George Turner
Our own guitarist in residence performs with other area Allstars.

Fri 10/13 9:00 - 1:00am
Mark Ribot, John Zorn & The NY Downtown Scene
Challenge your superstitions by tuning into hear two of the most revolutionary composers/arrangers/performers of our time redefine the landscape of jazz. Rob Tucker spins not only official releases, but rare live performances featuring them individually and collectively in a four-hour extravaganza.

Saturday, October 14th

Sat 10/14 6:00 - 8:00am
John Jackson
A long-time Virginia blues man in the classic Piedmont style. This show will feature John's two albums of last year-"Front Porch Blues" and "Country Blues." Hosted by Bruce Penner.

Sat 10/14 8:00 - 10:00am
Stax Records
Join Robin Tomlin for 2 hours of the finest in Memphis Rhythm and Blues. Sweet Soul from your favorites such as Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and a host of those you need to know.

Sat 10/14 10:00 - noon
Johnny Hartman & Cassandra Wilson
A mix of the past with the now. Featuring Hartman's gorgeous baritone and Wilson's innovative interpretations. Sean is your host.

Sat 10/14 noon - 2:00pm
Jazz Is Dead
Hal Strong explores the jazz root of the Grateful Dead, focusing on their improvisational jams, influences, side projects and guest performers. Featuring music of and by Ornette Coleman, Etta James, John D'earth, David Grisman, David Murray and others.

Sat 10/14 2:00 - 5:00pm
Acoustic Miles
The Cool sounds and hot Bebop of "Kind of Blue", "Miles Ahead", "Cookin'", "Sketches of Spain", and your requests? with the Jazz Czar.

Sat 10/14 5:00 - 7:00pm
Don Pullen
Roanoke actually has a basis for its claim to be the "Star City of the south" on the strength of the musical contributions of native son Don Pullen. This former member of the Jazz Messengers, pianist with Mingus, collaborator with George Adams, and leader of the African-Brazilian Connection was both adventurous and infectious. Professor Bebop leads the way.

Sat 10/14 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: Bone Daddy and other area blues artists.

Sat 10/14 9:00 - 11:00
The New Chicago Scene
Since the advent of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) in the 60's, Chicago has been a hotbed of adventurous improvised music. Gary will serve up a deep-dish taste of some of Chicago's most exciting players in Y2K, including Patricia Barber, Ken Vandermark and Liquid Soul.

Sat 10/14 11:00 - 1:00am
Life too confusing? Why not get organized! This show will feature samples of soul jazz, funk and acid jazz, including music by MM&W, Jimmy Smith and others. Hosted by Phil Varner & Christine Majer.

Sunday, October 15th

Sun 10/15 6:00 - 9:00am
In The spirit With "Take 6"
Shawn Felton presents two hours of acapella's finest ensemble. Jazz voices lifted high and walking low, smooth and raspy, all blending precisely and sweetly for the best in gospel.

Sun 10/15 9:00 - noon
Ella Fitzgerald: THE Voice of Virginia
Born in Newport News, in 1917, Ella electrified the world with a voice so pure and technique so masterful that she soared into the pantheon of jazz masters. Scats, ballads, and swing will flow freely as the Professor explores the spectrum of Ms. Fitzgerald's career.

Sun 10/15 Noon - 2:00pm
Cole Porter Songbook
Modern jazz interpretations of one of the last century's greatest song writers; featuring the likes of Sonny Rollins, Grant Green and Dexter Gordon? with Sean at the controls.

Sun 10/15 2:00 - 5:00pm
Blue Note Sunday: The Golden Age
Classic mid '50's thru mid '60's bebop, hard bop, and soul jazz- A three hour feast of Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley & others with the Juddermeister.

Sun 10/15 5:00 - 7:00pm
Blue Note Sunday: The New Generation
Contemporary sounds of the Blue Note label including Charlie Hunter, Joe Lovano, Medeski Martin and Wood and your requests, gladly taken by Tim Beeghly.

Sun 10/15 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: George Melvin & Friends; The SwingKats

Sun 10/15 9:00 - 11:00pm
Allen Toussaint: Crescent City Genius
The music of this great pianist, singer, composer, producer, label owner and ambassador of New Orleans music, brought to you by Peter Welch.

Sun 10/15 11:00 - 1:00am
From Max Roach to Milford Graves, Charles Mingus to William Parker, hear the immortal rhythm sections that have broken the laws of time. With Cameron and Sean

Monday, October 16th

Mon 10/16 6:00 - 9:00am
Women & The Blues
Some say that when a woman gets the blues she hangs her head and cries. We'll show you what happens when she picks up a microphone and wails! Rebecca Foster will play the old and new, the slow and fast, the sad and the sassy.

Mon 10/16 9:00 - noon
Contemporary Big Band
Hear the latest from the active big bands: The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, and The Mingus Big Band. Hosted by Nick Page.

Mon 10/16 noon - 2:00pm
Clarinet kings
Local Clarinet man Lou Kauder samples the recordings of kings of the Licorice Stick: Goodman, Shaw, DeFranco, and More. All with the help of Stephen Soghoian.

Mon 10/16 2:00 - 4:00pm
Feminine Gems
Lesser-known and overlooked women who contributed significantly to the fabric of jazz. From the Boswell Sisters to June Christie to Etta Jones and Julie London. Hosted by Helane Fontaine and George Turner.

Mon 10/16 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Mon 10/16 5:05 - 7:00pm
Jazz & The Latin Bolero
The Bolero is THE romantic Latin dance form. Ann Porotti will take us through two hours of ancient and modern interpretations of tropical music.

Mon 10/16 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: John D'earth and Friends

Mon 10/16 9:00 - 11:00pm
12th & Vine: The Kansas City Sounds
Like Beale Street in Memphis and Basin Street in New Orleans, 12th & Vine has been Kansas City's musical landmark since the early 1920's. Swing with Count Basie, bebop with Charlie Parker, and shout the blues with Big Joe Turner in a musical tour of the Heartland with your tour guide, Eric Angevine.

Mon 10/16 11:00 - 1:00am
Straight Ahead 70's
Did Jazz Music "Die" in the '70's? Local musician George Turner takes us through three hours of great "straight ahead", though not necessarily traditional, jazz from that much-maligned decade, featuring Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner John Scofield and others.

Tuesday, October 17th

Tue 10/17 6:00 - 9:00am
Gene Harris
Last year the jazz world lost pianist Gene Harris - "The man who played the Blues". Join Tim Snider as he spans the entire career of the great pianist.

Tue 10/17 9:00 - noon
Rhythm & Romance Spectacular
There once was a time when women bought pop-it beads, TV Guide was only fifteen cents, and music was grown up and polished. Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella and Tony were pop singers of the time. Charles Peale takes you there.

Tue 10/17 noon - 2:00pm
Mingus Among Us
Wasiq Khan traces the development of Charlie Mingus' mature sound as heard on "Meditations on Integration", starting with early swing-era recordings and following a lifelong passion for the music of fellow composer Duke Ellington.

Tue 10/17 2:00 - 4:00pm
Blues Under Cover
Rebecca Foster & Kendell Church celebrate the blues influence on rock and roll and other popular music. Tune in for original recordings by Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, & Memphis Minnie - along with covers by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Lucinda Williams.

Tue 10/17 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Tue 10/17 5:05 - 7:00pm
First Family of Jazz: The Marsalis'
Ellis Marsalis is a great pianist in his own right, but he has often been overshadowed by his famous sons. Tim Beeghly samples the recordings of America's most talented musical family, including brothers Wynton on trumpet, saxophonist, Branford, trombonist, Delfeayo, and drummer, Jason.

Tue 10/17 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: Big Ray & The Kool Kats

Tue 10/17 9:00 - 11:00pm
Skin Tight - Modern Drummers
Kevin Kellam will examine the explosion of talent behind the kit since Tony Williams reinvented the role of the modern drummer. Matt Wilson, Cindy Blackman, Jeff Watts and others will be featured for your pleasure.

Tue 10/17 11:00 - 1:00am
The Jazz in Hip Hop
Myson King explores the jazz that has influenced Hip Hop music heard today - innovative artists like Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd will be featured.

Wednesday, October 18th

Wed 10/18 6:00 - 9:00am
Byrd Song in the Morning
Charlie Byrd, is there a better way to start the day? Ralph Graves - Radio Star is your host.

Wed 10/18 9:00 - noon
Grant, Wes, Bill & Pat
Tune in as Larry Minnick explores the music of four legendary players who redefined jazz guitar in the modern era. From the early classics of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery to the modern day Americana of Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, we'll serve up a guitar showcase that's truly left of cool.

Wed 10/18 noon - 2:00pm
Caribbean Cruise
This cruise begins in New Orleans with Cubanisimo's new album of crossover hits and departs for points south in the islands on a voyage of grooves. Radio Tropicale's Dr. Mo & Bruce will be at the helm.

Wed 10/18 2:00 - 4:00pm
Tribute to Tito
Ann Porotti and Bruce Penner will host a tribute to Latin king Tito Puente, who died this summer after a long and fruitful recording career. They will feature hits from El Rey and a taste of the Puerto Rican and New York Latin styles he drew from.

Wed 10/18 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Wed 10/18 5:05 - 7:00pm
MF Horn
That's the calling card for Maynard Ferguson, who is still going strong after fifty years of exciting big band jazz! Join John Simonette as he showcases MF's virtuosity - including early Maynard and his current group: The Big Bop Nouveau Band.

Wed 10/18 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: Greg Howard & friends

Wed 10/18 9:00 - 11:00pm
D'earth On D'earth
Easily the most recognized jazz musician in Charlottesville, Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and teacher john D'Earth has been a fixture on the local scene since 1981. He currently performs in five or six different groups and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble. Tune in as John plays and comments on cuts from his forthcoming CD.

Wed 10/18 11:00 - 1:00am
Multicultural Jazz
From the beginning, jazz musicians have been deepening their sound by borrowing from and mixing non-American influences. Wasiq Khan explores how the latest wave of jazz artists are creating a new world sound.

Thursday, October 19th

Thu 10/19 6:00 - 9:00am
Ray Charles: Jazz + Blues
Is it jazz? Is it blues? Is it pop? Whatever you call it, it's Genius! Rebecca Foster traces Ray's development from the early years through the blossoming of the full-blown sound that earned him the nickname "The Genius".

Thu 10/19 9:00 - noon
Is You Is? And Other Musical Questions
Join Tom Klippstein and his canaries as they pose the perennial stumpers about the depth of the ocean, the height of the moon, and the state of true love.

Thu 10/19 Noon - 2:00pm
Oscar Peterson
Stephen Soghoian takes you through a career retrospective of the famed Canadian pianist.

Thu 10/19 2:00 - 4:00pm
Honky- Tonk Blues
Songs about lyin', cheatin', drinkin' and bar life. Matt Combs takes us cruisin' with great Honky Tonkers through the ages - from Hank, Sr., to Hank IIIrd, with detours through Buck, Merle, Tammy, and Lyle.

Thu 10/19 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Thu 10/19 5:05 - 7:00pm
Singers With Benny Goodman
Music from Benny Goodman and his orchestra, featuring singers like Martha Tilton, Helen Ward, Art Lund, Peggy Lee and more. With your host Charles Peale.

Thu 10/19 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live in our Studio: Stephanie Nakasian, Hod O'Brien & Nick Page & The Smoothies

Thu 10/19 9:00 - 1:00am
Electric Miles
Charlie Curtis & Kevin Kellam present a panorama of Miles Davis' electric fusion period, including "Bitches Brew", "In a Silent Way", "Live: Evil" and other reissued live recordings.

Friday, October 20th

Fri 10/20 6:00 - 9:00am
Daybreak in the Crescent City
Join Mare as she roams around in the very musical city of New Orleans, birthplace of Mahalia Jackson, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver, to name a few. Brass bands, keyboard boogie and straight-up blues will escort you on into the weekend.

Fri 10/20 9:00 - noon
Louis Armstrong: Father Of Modern Jazz
As we approach the centennial of Satchmo's birth, Stephanie gets the festivities rolling with three hours of the voice and horn of the first ambassador of jazz.

Fri 10/20 noon - 4:00pm
John Coltrane: Chasin' The Trane
Follow 'Trane from hard bop through the Avant-Garde, and into Free Jazz. Be ready with your requests for this ever-popular four-hour saxophone orgy! Hosted by Aaron and Eric.

Fri 10/20 4:00 - 5:00pm News

Fri 10/20 5:05 - 7:00pm
Fats At 96: The Music Of Fats Waller
Fats Waller was one of the most unique personalities and creative artists of the past century of jazz. Russ Perry brings you two hours devoted to the innovative organist, composer, and witty entertainer.

Fri 10/20 7:00 - 9:00pm
Live In Our Studio: Darrell Rose & Friends

Fri 10/20 9:00 - 11:00pm
Voices & Guitars Of Mali
Mali is known the world over as one of the birthplaces of the Blues. Join local musician Corey Harris for an exploration of the voices and guitars of Mali.

Fri 10/20 11:00 - 1:00am
New Millennium Groove Guide
New school artists with old school chops!! We will be featuring the works of groups such as Soulive, Galactic, Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson, & others. Hosted by Ryan Haynes

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