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Special Black History Month Programming


 
WTJU will kick off its fifth annual week-long celebration of Black History Month on Monday, February 18 and continue through Sunday, February 24. This is a creative opportunity for our passionate and knowledgeable DJ’s to concentrate on special programming without distraction. Please 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.
Monday, February 18, 2013
"Black History Week"
on Soundboard
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Various

WTJU's one-hour community affairs program will feature historical speeches and documentaries on African-American issues and interviews focusing on the local African-American community.

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

Get your groove on with the Jazz Messenger as we enjoy 120 minutes of pure Soul Jazz as part of WTJU's Black History Week special programming. Featuring plenty of Hammond B-3 organ, guitar, sax and a distinctive bass-driven, danceable bass-driven rhythm, Soul Jazz borrows stylistically from the Hard Bop and Blues themes of Jazz, reflecting the time that much of it was born (late 1950s through early 1970s). We will cover such artists as Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons, Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Lou Donaldson, Blue Mitchell, as well as many others. Much of this Gospel-informed, Blues-drenched sound has stayed relevant and influences today's sound (such as Acid Jazz, Fusion, and Groove-based jazz), and we'll take a peek at contemporary examples of Soul Jazz-influenced artists such as Medeski, Martin & Woods and Organissimo.

"Dick Clark thru 72"
on Soulful Situation
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: The Rum Cove

The Rum Cove will play in its entirety the most rare record in all of the Memphis-based Stax record label's history. This record is entitled 'Dick Clark thru 72' and it is a recording of a speech given at a testimonial dinner in Detroit. This speaker, Dick Clark, is not the late and very famous TV presenter, but the first African American record promotion man way back in the late 1930's. This speech is entertaining and informative and will take you on a journey back to early days of the R&B record industry. The Rum Cove looks forward to bringing this to you as part of Black History Month.

"The Freedom Train"
on Anything Goes
When: 20:00-23:00
Host: Sean Grzegorczyk

The numerous anthems of the Civil Rights Movement span decades back to Louis Armstrong's "Black and Blue." The struggle for freedom and the injustices of the 50's and 60's also provided inspiration for works by Coltrane, Mingus, Blakey, Duke, Mahalia, Nina Simone and many others. Join Sean as he takes a look back at the riveting and poignant music of the civil rights movement.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
"Black History Week"
on Soundboard
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Various

WTJU's one-hour community affairs program will feature historical speeches and documentaries on African-American issues and interviews focusing on the local African-American community.

"Rhythm, Romance & Soul"
on Rhythm & Romance
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Charles Peale

Please join Charles Peale for a spectacular two hours of simmering and sultry soul music featuring recordings by Ester Phillips, O. V. Wright, Etta James, Marv Johnson, and Mickey & Sylvia. You may also hear some doo wop songs along with great ballads by Otis Redding and Aaron Neville. Don't miss even one minute of this amazing collection of rhythm & soul, romance & blues.

"Marsalis Masters: New Orleans' First Family of Jazz"
on Loose Threads
When: 20:00-23:00
Host: Tim Beeghly

The Marsalis family - father Ellis on trumpet, sons Branford on saxophones, Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone, and Jason on drums - has put an indelible stamp on the world of Jazz. Join Tim Beeghly as he celebrates the music of five talented musicians over thirty years.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
"Black History Week"
on Soundboard
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Various

WTJU's one-hour community affairs program will feature historical speeches and documentaries on African-American issues and interviews focusing on the local African-American community.

"Afrocubism"
on Left of Cool
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Larry Minnick

Join Larry for an exploration of jazz styles from Africa to Cuba that are enjoyed all around the world.

"Caribbean Black Experience"
on Radio Tropicale
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Lesly Gourdet

A collection of Caribbean music that reflects the Pride and Joy of the diverse cultural experience and heritage of that region. Some aspect of Carnival music will be emphasized as it reflects a time of universal celebration throughout the world.

"Country Soul"
on Cosmic American Jamboree
When: 16:00-18:00
Host: Jay Hertel

Join your host Jay Hertel as he samples the sounds of African-American musicians who have blurred the lines between R&B and country music in the genre known as "country soul." He'll feature artists like Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Taj Mahal and many more.

"Sketches In Black: Sepia Soundscapes From Roots To Fruits"
on Living Time
When: 20:00-23:00
Host: MichaelShelton

In what is likely the most ambitious edition of Living Time, the plight of African people worldwide is highlighted with a special journey edition during this year’s week-long tribute to “Black” History. Through the power of song, ‘Roots To Fruits’ tells the story of a people beginning long before Greek names and European agendas, through Enslavement’s Holocaust and up to the seemingly eternal quest for self-determination. A few ‘friends’ also join in to add some spice to the mix. It’s a cross-genre bonanza; an adventurous presentation of redemption, reclamation, remembrance, re-definition, renewal and return to a place beyond a standard of color identification.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
"Black History Week"
on Soundboard
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Various

WTJU's one-hour community affairs program will feature historical speeches and documentaries on African-American issues and interviews focusing on the local African-American community.

"The Last Time I Saw Paris"
on All That Jazz
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Ann Porotti

Many American jazz musicians moved to France during the mid-20th century -- some in flight from racial prejudice, others to widen their horizons. Two hours of their music -- Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Thompson, Arthur Taylor, Baden Powell, and Kenny Clarke -- whose soundtrack collaboration with Miles Davis on Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, 1958) centers this ex-pat tribute.

"Black and Blue Revue"
on Wild Women & Friends
When: 20:00-21:00
Host: Sandy Snyder

Featuring music by Jazz icons W. C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Big Maybelle, combined with performances by the blues divas Ruth Brown, Linda Hopkins, and Carrie Smith, "Black and Blue is a celebration, indeed an epiphany, of a great and marvelous cultural legacy: the Classic African-American tradition of dance, song, and music." (Dan Morgenstern, from the Broadway recording liner notes)

"Unsung Bluesmen"
on Induced to Judder
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Marilyn Wright & David Eisenman

An exploration into the music created by some underappreciated bluesmen including New Orleans' Eddie Bo; Baton Rouge's Larry Garner; Vicksburg, Mississippi's Terry Evans; and Beirut, Lebanon's Otis Grand.

Friday, February 22, 2013
"Black History Week"
on Soundboard
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Various

WTJU's one-hour community affairs program will feature historical speeches and documentaries on African-American issues and interviews focusing on the local African-American community.

"Jelly Roll Show"
on Jazz Essence
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Paula O'Buckley

Paula will play music from the repertoire and pen of Jelly Roll Morton, self-proclaimed "inventor" of jazz. One of the original New Orleans Jazz pianists of the early 20th century, we'll hear the first recordings to the latest reincarnations.

"The Classical Side of Duke Ellington"
on Melodiya
When: 18:00-20:00
Host: Ann Porotti

Join Ann for a Black History Month tribute to the classical side of American composer Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Tonight's playlist will include Ellington's award-winning film score to Anatomy of a Murder (1959), his ballet Three Black Kings (1943), The Far East Suite (1967), and other short works.

"The Big and Little of It All"
on Nothin' But The Blues
When: 20:00-23:00
Host: Peter Welch

Blues artists with "Big" or "Little" in their names.

"Social Commentary - The Minority Report"
on Professor Bebop
When: 23:00-01:00
Host: Professor Bebop

Professor Bebop examines social commentary from the African-American community, covering a wide array of musical styles and social and political perspectives. Get the message from Billie Holiday, The Last Poets, Curtis Mayfield, Swamp Dogg, Nina Simone -- and, oh yes, Grandmaster Flash -- among others.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
"Good Rocking Tonight: the African American Roots of Americana and Having a Good Time"
on Jumpin' On The Bed
When: 16:00-18:00
Host: David Soyka

Jumpin' on the Bed examines the African American roots of Americana and rock 'n' roll: blues, country blues, gospel, work songs, R&B, jazz and swing music. You'll hear everything from Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix, Bessie Smith to Erykah Badu, Louis Jordan to Sly and the Family Stone. We promise to keep the juke joint jumping to start your Saturday night off right.

"Herbie Hancock"
on The Live Wire
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Koli Cutler

The Fusion of Jazz and Funk. Two hours of electrifying music that pulses outside the box. Live jams, innovative performances and collaborations with marquee artists you might be very surprised to hear. One of the greatest influences on jazz musicians in this era, hear how Herbie does it, on a whole other level.

Sunday, February 24, 2013
"Black College Gospel"
on In The Spirit
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Rebecca Foster

A special Black History version of In the Spirit will feature early recordings of spirituals and gospel music including the performances of college groups that toured the country to raise money for their schools at the same time as raising awareness of the musical accomplishments of African American people. Listen for the formal sounds of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Southern University Quartet and the Hampton Institute Quartet. At the other end of the spectrum we’ll hear some early recordings of blues musicians and storefront preachers delivering their gospel messages with soul and sometimes homemade instruments.

"Jazz Vocalists"
on Jazzmania
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Dusty Garwood

Join Dusty Garwood for Jazzmania with 2 hours of great Jazz vocalists. You’ll hear Abby Lincoln, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and many more. What a great way to start your Sunday brunch!

"Traditional African Tales"
on Tell Us A Tale
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Peter Jones

For well over a decade Tell Us A Tale has been celebrating Black History Month, blending traditional African tales and legends with music from some of our favorite African American artists. We are pleased to join our friends in the jazz and blues department in this special weeklong celebration.

"Magnolia Muse"
on Walkin' Blues
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Bill Adams

Country blues, R&B, Cajun, Creole, all from the great state of Louisiana. You can find it on Magnolia Muse.

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