Welcome music lover!
Welcome, Central Virginia jazz and blues fans! October is your time to bask in eight full days of the infinite permutations of this great American music
This year we are privileged not only to present the last Jazz Marathon of the century, but also to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the jazz world's greatest composer, and one of its most beloved figures, Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington. For the first time in a Jazz Marathon, we devote the 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. timeslot every night exclusively to the many facets of Duke's music. Tune in each evening to hear recordings not only from WTJU's huge archive, but also from the Donald Hanson Collection. Mr. Hanson, a renowned authority and collector of Ellingtonia, has bequeathed his valuable collection to WTJU. It will be housed in a special room at our new studios in Lambeth Commons, when we move later this year. Duke Ellington is also the centerpiece of our Jazz Marathon T-shirt this year. A gorgeous four-color illustration of "the Duke" from Charles Peale, with assistance from Gibson Design, adorns this year's T-shirt and this program guide. Additional "Duke" illustrations in the guide and on promotional posters are courtesy of the designer of our '99 Folk T-shirt, Vicki Majid Affatati.
In addition to the Ellington programs and the many other exciting shows detailed in this guide, we once again present a special concert in Old Cabell Hall to start the festivities off with a bang. This year, the extraordinary guitarist Bill Frisell brings his trio to town on October 1st in one of our biggest shows ever. Please show your support of WTJU and jazz in general by attending the concert, and by phoning in a generous pledge during your favorite program, ensuring that we will be celebrating Ellington's Centennial again in another 100 years. As Duke would say, "we love you madly."
WTJU would like to recognize the following for their invaluable assistance:
David Eisenman, Jazz Director
Gary Funston, Asst. Jazz Director
All the merchants who donated premiums
CALL UP & MAKE A PLEDGE
924-3418 - 924-3959
Friday Oct 1st
GREAT SINGERS YOU DON'T KNOW (BUT SHOULD)
Our resident jazz vocalist, Stephanie Nakasian, uncovers some sadly neglected singers from the heyday of bop to the present day. Tune in to discover the next Ella or Sarah.
Explore the multi-talented career of pianist-vocalist Mose Allison with the Mose slant on Jazz and Blues, hosted by Bruce Koplin.
ESQUIRE'S ALL-AMERICAN JAZZ CONCERT
Tom Morgan presents live recordings of the fantastic jazz concert presented by Esquire Magazine at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on January 18, 1944. Included in the all-star line-up are Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum and Billie Holiday.
TWO-TONE JAZZ: JAMAICAN SYNCOPATION Join your able Ska-la-wags, Goldfinger and Peter Welch, for 2 hours of Traditional and Revival Jamaican Syncopation, as they solicit donations for the station.
JAZZ IS "DEAD"
The Grateful Dead and their extended family were some of the greatest improvisers that rock music has seen. Hal Strong will explore their jazzier side.
ELLINGTON 100TH: THE EARLY YEARS
Peter Jones will play classics and rarities from the first phase of Duke's long career.
BLUES IN THE 90'S
Peter Welch presents a retrospective of the finest blues recordings of the past 10 years.
PROF. BEBOP JIVE CATS VIP THE BOP
Featuring the hipsters, Slim Gaylord, Babs Gonzales, and Dizzy Gillespie among others, beamed to you by hipster in residence, Professor Bebop.
Sat Oct 2nd
THINGS THAT GO PLUNK IN THE NIGHT: JUG BAND MUSIC
A review of jug bands and other improvised weaponry. Hear Cannon's Jug Stompers, the Memphis Jug Band, and anyone else who ever beat music out of unlikely objects.
GERSHWIN PLAYS GERSHWIN
A wealth of recordings by the great composer George Gershwin himself have just been made available in recent years. Hear such classics as "Summertime" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," played as they were meant to be.
JAZZ FOR THE AUDIOPHILE
cwtiii will feature audiophile recordings for jazz lovers. Included in the show will be original LP recordings produced by engineers in the 50's and 60's with an "ear" toward quality sound, as well as modern "audiophile" and re-mastered recordings on both LP and CD. For all of you who like your music "compression-free."
The late great Nigerian bandleader has been the subject of some recent reissues. Imagine a politically savvy (& savage) James Brown in West Africa's largest nation. With Bruce Penner
MINGUS IN OUR SOULS
The blues-drenched, political sounds of Charles Mingus' seminal compositions are as powerful and innovative as they were 30 or 40 years ago. Ellie will show you why.
JOHN LEE HOOKER
Boogie, chillun', with Charlie Curtis, as he presents his popular, annual Hooker extravaganza. Call in a pledge and request your favorite tune.
ELLINGTON 100TH: SYMPHONIC ELLINGTON
Tim Snider celebrates with Duke's large-scale suites and symphonies.
RANDY WESTON'S AFRICA-JAZZ CONNECTION
Explore the blues-flavored music of this influential pianist-composer. Weston was one of the first American jazz musicians to travel to Africa to absorb the music's roots, and actually operated a jazz club in Tangier in the early 70's. The composer of such jazz standards as Hi-Fly and Little Niles is still going strong at age 73. With Gary Funston.
MODERN BIG BANDS WITH ATTITUDE
Stand back for the mighty blast of some of today's groundbreaking large ensembles, including the Mingus Big Band, Either/Orchestra, George Russell, and many more.
Sunday, Oct 3rd
IN THE SPIRIT: JAZZ EDITION
Sunday Morning Gospel on WTJU, sampling the very latest in vocal and instrumental performance inspired by innovations in jazz. Gospel, as always, to feed your soul and lift you up.
BLUE NOTE SUNDAY: BALLADS, BLUES & COVERS
Running the gamut of musical styles, these two hours will highlight some of the finest selections from this prestigious label. The Jazz Czar gets this great day of classic jazz started right.
BLUE NOTE SUNDAY: COOL STRUTTIN'
Showcasing the music of pianist Sonny Clark and guitar great Grant Green including their collaborative efforts. With Sean G.
BLUE NOTE SUNDAY: DOIN' THE THING
With Horace Silver at the main stem, the Professor will explore the jazz, blues and soul of this pianist's music.
BLUE NOTE SUNDAY: 3 TIMES ON THE MONEY
A three-hour free-for-all, featuring the best of the Golden years of Blue Note. Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean and others. Co-hosted by David Eisenman and Sean Grzegorezyk
BLUE NOTE SUNDAY: NEW SOUNDS OF TODAY
Featuring tomorrow's classics, by such popular Blue Note artists as Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, and Jackie Terrasson, among others. Brought to you by Tim Beeghly.
ELLINGTON 100TH: STRAYHORN AND DUKE
The classic collaborations, including, Take the A Train, Satin Doll, Lush Life, as well as less familiar masterpieces. With Ann Porotti
ACOUSTIC COUNTRY BLUES JUBILEE
Rarely heard sides from country blues masters such as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy.
From the straight-ahead Appalachian swing of Clarence White and the Kentucky Colonels to the hybrid acoustic jazz of David Grisman, bluegrass musicians have always felt a close kinship to the rhythms and improvisation of jazz. Brennan Gilmore plays a sampler of the mountain version of an often urban music.
Monday, Oct 4th
JAZZ IN HIP HOP
The very latest sounds, from Russell Gunn, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby et al, hosted by Matt Pinto
SOCIETY PIANISTS DUCHIN AND CAVALLARO
You're dressed to the nines, out for an evening with your main squeeze at a swank, big city hotel. Stephen Soghoian plays recordings of the two grand masters of 1930's and 40's society piano-Eddy Duchin and Carmen Cavallaro.
THESE GUYS ARE GOOD
Steve Blickstein hosts two hours of music by real pro's, including George Shearing, Ellis Larkins, Duke Jordan, Mulgrew Miller and others.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Join the Bartender, Tom Morgan, as he prepares to leave Charlottesville and WTJU for greener pastures in New Orleans. He will focus on some of the musical highlights of nearly 20 years at WTJU. Make sure you give him a call while he does his last marathon as a member of WTJU.
Romance with the beat of the South, as we cruise the high seas with Senora Ann. We depart from Cape Verde, then cross to Havana, before coasting to Brazil and Argentina. Hear soothing vocals from Ibrahim Ferrer and Ceasaria Evora, as well as legends of the Argentine Tango, and the family of Cuba musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club.
PORGY AND BESS: JAZZ OPERA
Bill Rowland is your guide through The Complete Jazz Opera of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, which has been recently re-released by the Bethlehem label. There are a limited number of these CD's available as premiums during the show, so keep Bill busy.
ELLINGTON 100TH: OUT DUKE!
Jahan brings you Duke's adventurous side.
BEST OF '99
Join Sarah Shalf, longtime host of Monday Night's new music showcase Earthworks, as she runs down the top new jazz releases of 1999.
The Charlottesville area is blessed by a wealth of jazz talent, as several remarkable CD's released over the last few years attest to. Call in your support for John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Stephanie Nakasian, Hod O'Brien, Greg Howard and others.
Tues, Oct 5th
THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET
Classical announcer Ralph Graves reviews the many recordings of perhaps the classiest jazz group of all time. Re-live the magical interplay among Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Connie Kay and John Lewis.
The Caribbean Basin is rich with the legacy of fat horn band sounds. From the Mazouk and Beguine of the French isles, the Mambo and Rumba of the Latin isles, and the Ska and Calypso of the former British lands, to Porro, Cumbia and Bossa from the continental shores. All different grooves from different lands; all united in the romantic passion to dance away the warm tropical nights.
STAFFORD AND HAYMES
Also known as G.I. Jo, Jo Stafford made her reputation during WWII. Know for having perfect pitch, she sang with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra and other bands. Dick Haymes was equally talented but his reputation suffered due to bouts with alcoholism. Charles Peale will survey their careers both individually and collectively.
From East Coast bebop to West Coast cool, John Simonette will give the low brass its due. Listen for such greats as J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Slide Hampton, Carl Fontana and more.
What would a Jazz Marathon be without the angular rhythms and quirky melodies of composer/pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk? With Peter Jones.
MARSALIS: FIRST FAMILY OF NEW ORLEANS
Patriarch Ellis Marsalis is a great pianist in his own right, but he has been overshadowed by his sons. Wynton is arguably the most popular jazz musician in the world, and saxophonist Branford is also very highly regarded. Trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason are carrying on the tradition. Tim Beeghly samples each of their recordings.
ELLINGTON 100TH: SINGIN' THE DUKE
Al Hibbler, Betty Roche, The Mills Brothers and other crooners and warblers interpret the great vocal compositions of Ellington.
KIRK: WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE
Not James T., but Rahsaan R. Original. Inspirational. Genius. Top hat and sunglasses required. Kevin Kellam plays the music of this saxophone miracle.
STRAIGHT-AHEAD TRANE AND MILES
Adam Popp reviews the music of two giants; before Miles plugged in, and before Coltrane traveled to interstellar space.
Wednesday, Oct. 6th
LIVING ON THE BOTTOM: THE BARITONE SAX
Join classical host Tim Snider as he surveys recordings featuring the bedrock of the sax section-the baritone. Look forward to hearing such giants as the Ellington Orchestra's Harry Carney, Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, and many more.
JAZZ CANARIES ONE MORE TIME
Your favorite female vocalists doing what they do best. Put a nickel in the jukebox and they'll sing for you. Your host is Tom Klippstein.
MINNICK JAZZ VIBES
Hear Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Burton, Lionel Hampton and other monsters of the mellow-toned vibraphone.
THE FIRST TWO LETTERS OF JAZZ ARE "JA"
An island floating through the 50's on swing and R&B horn bands suddenly finds itself independent of Britain and invents an optimistic music called Ska. Hear the R&B roots, the ska pioneers, and the modern fallout; from the Skatalites to the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble to Latin ska. With your host Dr. Mo.
GREENS FROM THE GARDEN: COREY HARRIS LIVE
Acclaimed area blues-man/Alligator recording artist Corey Harris joins Bruce Penner in an exploration of Corey's latest album's music and recipes, live from our studios.
OIL WELL JAZZ: BOB WILLS AND THE PIONEERS OF SWING
Town meets country in Texas and Oklahoma circa 1925 to 1950, creating Western Swing, an amalgam of dance-fiddle music, blues and pop/swing. Enjoy the sounds of Wills, Johnny Gimble, Asleep at the Wheel and more, with Jeff Vogelgesang.
ELLINGTON 100TH: ELLA ON ELLINGTON
Charles Peale plays recordings of Ellington's music by Ella Fitzgerald, perhaps the foremost vocal interpreter of this amazing body of work.
Immerse yourself for four hours in the rich sounds of post-1969 Miles Davis. The hosts of Straight No Chaser and Run the Voodoo Down play selections from the wealth of newly-released CD's of this music, including Bitches Brew, Dark Magus, and others.
Thursday, Oct 7th
Folk musician Debbie Hunter examines the relationships between different folk traditions and jazz.
BIG BAND POTPOURRI
John Simonette presents a cross-section of classic big-band jazz, with visits from Ellington, Kenton, Basie, Woody Herman, Rob McConnell and others.
WHERE'S MY COFFEE?
What's your secret vice? Black coffee? Salt peanuts? Making love after hours? Delve into your musical addictions with caffeine junkie Valerie L'Herrou.
JAZZ GUITAR SPOTLIGHT
Masters of the six-string, both acoustic and electric, from Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to John Scofield and Bill Frisell. Be sure to catch the Bill Frisell Trio in concert at Old Cabell Hall on October 1st.
Aging announcer Tom Klippstein first heard jazz in 1957. He'll try to recapture his youth with recordings from that special year. Give Tom a call and let him know he's got some company out there.
B-3 BLUES AND GROOVES
Ryan Haynes tracks the history of the Hammond organ in modern jazz, from Jimmy Smith, through Larry Young, to some of today's popular practitioners such as John Medeski.
ELLINGTON 100TH: YOUR FAVORITE DUKE
Wherein Aaron Zatcoff shamelessly plays your Duke requests in exchange for cold, hard pledges.
SOUL JAZZ FEATURING CANNONBALL ADDERLEY
Groove to the irresistible soul/funk sounds of saxophonist Adderley and his trumpet playing brother Nat, courtesy of the Juddermeister.
The unique sounds of Charlie Hunter's 8-string guitar took the modern jazz world by storm a few years ago. Dominick presents an overview of this influential guitarist, from his earliest west coast recordings, to his recent duo CD with drummer Leon Parker.
Friday, October 8th
MORNING GUITAR SAMPLER
Wake up to Jim Hall, Barney Kessell, Pat Metheny and a host of others, with Chris Termini.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BOP
Professor Art Blakey has graduated dozens of great musicians from his Jazz Messengers, not the least of which is Horace Silver. Tune in as Stephanie grades the post-graduate work of these artists, many of whom are now highly regarded band leaders themselves.
SONNY ROLLINS, SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS
Since 1949, Newk has wrapped and unwrapped melody with a distinctive tenor sax presence, which places him among the true giants of modern jazz innovation. With Bruce Koplin.
Be sure to join Hal Strong for this annual treat four hours of the music of tenor titan John Coltrane, covering the many phases of his wildly influential career. Requests gladly played for your pledge.
CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS: JAZZ DRUMMERS
Groove to the varied styles of percussion greats like Max Roach, Tony Williams, Matt Wilson and a host of others. Larry Minnick keeps things rumbling along.
ELLINGTON 100TH: THE SONGWRITER
Duke created some of the most memorable songs of the past century, many of them now an integral part of American culture.
PASS THE PEAS: THE SOUL OF THE JB'S
Peter Welch brings you the hard-core funky soul jazz from James Brown and co., including Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley.
SWINGTIME ROOTS AND BRANCHES
The Professor puts on his dancin' shoes to bring you swing connections, from Cab Calloway to Cherry Poppin' Daddies, putting a fitting uptempo end to eight days of great jazz and blues music!