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Special Black History Month Programming


The University of Virginia's radio station (91.1 FM) will kick off its third annual week-long celebration of Black History Month on Monday, February 21 and continues through February 27. This is an opportunity for our passionate and knowledgeable DJ’s to concentrate on special programming without the distraction of fund-raising.

Join WTJU's observance of Black History Month with special broadcasts showcasing the musical contributions of those of African heritage. Tune in to hear specially themed editions of many of our regularly scheduled programs.

2011 Black History Month Programming Schedule:

Monday, February 21, 2011
"African American Singers"
on Nick@Nine
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Emily & Nick Page

Beginning in the slave fields, black vocalists have helped to shape the sound of music in America. On the Nick@Nine show, we'll explore African American singers who have shaped the sound of jazz. Tune in at 9am on February 21, 2011, here on WTJU, Charlottesville, the Sound Choice in Central Virginia.

"Influential African-American Artists"
on Fun House
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Gerald Watts

In celebration of Black History Month and WTJU’s annual Black History Week, Funhouse will feature a bevy of highly influential African-American Artists. From Miles and Coltrane to Jimmy and Wes, from trumpet to piano, hear why these musicians are so highly regarded. Tune in to listen and discover or just remember the significance of these artists.

"Fifty Years of Motown Records"
on Soulful Situation
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: The Rum Cove

Join the Rum Cove for a special Black History month edition of the Soulful Situation as he celebrates the begining of what came to be the largest African American owned corporation in the USA. That's right, it's two whole hours of Motown, Tamla, Soul, Gordy and VIP records, the sound of young America direct from the Hitsville studio in Detroit!

"Songs of Freedom"
on Anything Goes
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Sean Grzegorczyk

The spirituals of the slaves not only provided inspiration and solace during the difficult times of slavery, but also provided an important role in their struggle for freedom. These timeless gems continue to be a source of inspiration for African Americans today in the church, communitiy and movements for social justice. In celebration of Black History month, Anything Goes pays homage to the black spiritual. Both instrumental and vocal recordings by jazz and gospel legends such Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Grant Green, Hank Jones and the Blind Boy of Alabama will be the subject of this annual favorite.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
"Duke Pearson (1932-1980)"
on All That Jazz
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Ann Porotti

Pianist/composer who shaped the hard bop direction of Blue Note Records during his tenure as a producer, 1963-1970, Pearson started out in 1959 in the Donald Byrd Band. His brief and somewhat modest musical career includes writing credit for popular songs "Jeanine " (which he wrote for Lee Morgan) and "Sweet Honey Bee," as well as many solo recordings. But his composition "Cristo Redentor", written for Donald Byrd's 1963 New Perspective album, shines now as then for its unique jazz modernity. Blue Note Records revisited, through the music and performances of Duke Pearson.

"The Rhythm&Romance Vocal Group Extravaganza!"
on Rhythm & Romance
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Charles Peale

Ninety minutes of amazing Do-Wop Classics from The Clovers, the Duprees, the Drifters, the Five Satins and the Flamingos. "Ship of Love" by the Nutmegs, "Shadows Of Love" by the Pearls, "One Summer Night" by the Danleers, and so much more.

"Jazz Music during the Harlem Renaissance"
on Loose Threads
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Tim Beeghly

Prelude: Martin Luther King Special from UVa Today

The music in Harlem's clubs and theaters during and after the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's and 30's deeply shaped the way jazz entered and informed virtually all of American culture. Join Tim Beeghly, host of Loose Threads, as he celebrates WTJU's Black History Week with the early music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and many more whose careers were launched in Harlem.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"Afrocubism"
on Left of Cool
When: 09:00-11:55
Host: Larry Minnick

Prelude: Martin Luther King Special from UVa Today

Join Larry for an exploration of musical styles of jazz that run from Africa to Cuba, and enjoyed around the world.

"Carnaval in Brasil and Spain"
on Radio Tropicale
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Bruce Penner

Carnaval is a major event in Caribbean and South American cultures, as far north as New Orleans, the major Caribbean port of the US.  It is a time of inversion of the usual order, so that the black cultures that were suppressed during slavery in most Latin countries for the majority of the year were given a place and time to celebrate their own.  In Cadiz, an ancient Spanish seaport that had a slave population, Carnaval became an amalgam of Mediterranean and New World influences, including creole and black cultures, as early as the 17th century.  After its suppression by Franco ended, Carnaval in Cadiz has come roaring back bigger than ever, featuring music on almost every street corner and filling indoor venues.

"Sketches In Black: Jazz, Vol. One"
on Straight No Chaser
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Michael Shelton

"Sketches In Black" features a storyline told through music.  The Jazz, Vol. One edition will focus on the themes 'Speaking Out' and 'Release From Bondage'.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
"Black Gospel: Jazz Has Never Been the Same"
on Pulse!
When: 09:00-12:00
Host: David Lee

The gospel music of the African American churches in the 1940’s and 50’s provided fuel for the struggle for civil rights , and made an indelible impact on Jazz around the world. This show is a celebration of that music and how its spirit and its influence have endured. 

"The Eclectic Black Woman"
on Eclectic Woman
When: 19:00-21:00
Host: Rebecca Foster

The Eclectic Woman celebrates Black History Week with two hours of folk, roots, blues, funk, r&b, soul, jazz and rock featuring the talents of African American women.  Listen for Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Big Maybelle, Irma Thomas, Elizabeth Cotton, Ruthie Foster and Cassandra Wilson among many others!

"Injuns On Parade"
on Induced to Judder
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Marilyn Wright, Janet King, & David Eisenman

Join the Krewe du Judder along with Big Chief Michael Gourrier from tribe WRIR in Richmond for a special celebration of the Mardi Gras Indians, the masking African-American Carnival revelers in New Orleans, who dress up for Mardi Gras in elaborate homemade suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel. We'll explore the music which will include the Wild Magnolias, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Monk Boudreaux, Bo Dollis, the Neville Brothers, Donald Harrison, and many more.

Friday, February 25, 2011
"The Black Trumpeters"
on Stef-o-Scope
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Stephanie Nakasian

Prelude: Martin Luther King Special from UVa Today

Join Stephanie as she surveys her favorite black trumpet players throughout the history of recorded jazz.

"Soul Jazz"
on The Jazz Messenger
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Brian Keena

Get funky and groovy on Friday, February 25, with the Jazz Messenger as we celebrate Black History Week programming with Soul Jazz. A brief look at the twist in the hard bop branch, featuring artists such as Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Kenny Burrell, Big John Patton, and more. Featuring plenty of Hammond B-3 organ, guitar and sax, Soul Jazz borrows stylistically from Hard Bop, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Blues themes.

"African American Female Blues Singers"
on Nothing But The Blues
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Peter Welch

Classic women blues singers from the 1920s and 1930s with a performance by Dr. Levine & The Dreaded Blues Lady live in the studio.

"The Sanctification of Secular Music - Gospel, R&B, and Soul"
on Professor Bebop
When: 23:00-01:00
Host: Professor Bebop

Professor explores the impact of gospel music on the development of rhythm & blues and classic soul. The service is 2 hours long, but the sermon is short! Guaranteed to shake your booty and move your soul.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Billy Preston"
on On The Edge
When: 03:00-06:00
Host: Ponch McPhee

All things Billy... both solo & session work for the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Aretha Franklin, and many others.

"From Duke to Prince and Everything In Between"
on Vagabond Shoes
When: 18:00-19:30
Host: David Soyka

Vagabond Shoes celebrates Black History Month by jumping among genres to present significant African-American musicians in pop, jazz, folk, blues and rock - and whatever is in between. From Duke to Prince, from Hendrix to Holiday, from Miles and Mingus to Ike and Tina Turner, to the Godfather of Soul and Sly and the Family Stone, Odetta and Ella and Sarah.

"Africa Evoked"
on Living Time
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Gary Funston

Music inspired by the African continent, it's people, geography and history.  Performed by some of the greatest African-American jazz artists, including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune and a host of others.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
"In the Spirit celebrates Black History Week"
on In The Spirit
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Rebecca Foster

Every week is Black History Week on In the Spirit as we play one hour of African American gospel and spiritual music.  You'll hear vintage recordings of the college groups that toured the world raising awareness of the rich musical contributions of African Americans, as they raised money for education.  In the Spirit features Jublilee and quartet gospel singing, down home spirituals sung by blues musicians and church choirs, and the great gospel soloists like Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

"The African American Jazz Artists on Blue Note"
on Jazzmania
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Dusty Garwood

An array of Jazz greats on the classic Jazz label.

"Roots, Rock and Ragtime"
on Walking Blues
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Bill Adams

Early banjo styles to ragtime piano and rock 'n' roll.

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