After a tumultuous summer that included the retirement of our long-time General Manager and the hiring of his replacement, WTJU has emerged stronger and more focused, and we are eager to present our wonderful mix of great music and knowledgeable announcers to a wider audience.In keeping with that desire, the WTJU Jazz Department is pleased to announce the return of the Jazz Marathon fundraiser, in which we dedicate seven solid days to jazz, blues and R&B programming, beginning at 6:00 a.m. each morning and continuing on through the night.
Herein you will find a wealth of listening pleasure unavailable in most other parts of the world. From Monday morning October 11th through Sunday evening October 17th, you will be able to hear strains of Latin, blues, reggae, gospel, dance music, acid jazz, trip hop, R&B, and ska. Of course, all of that falls in between the requisite shots of bebop, swing, trad, cool, fusion and avant-garde jazz, brought to you courtesy of our uniquely knowledgeable volunteer DJs. A live performance on October 13th at the UVA Chapel by bass colossus William Parker and his Quartet highlights the Marathon, and we hope to see many of our listeners there. Also, listen for live on-air performances from our studio with Chapman stick master Greg Howard and his UpTet, clarinetist Dave Kannensohn, gypsy jazz guitarist Rick Olivarez, jazz guitarist Adam Larrabee, and an acoustic blues summit including Ralph Rush, Hunter Wolf, Jack Roy, and Bill Adams. And don’t miss the funk of the Soul Transit Authority on Sunday night to close out our live in the studio performances.
Your financial support is essential to keeping WTJU on the air and playing the jazz and blues diversity not often found on the airwaves these days. Please help spread the word, and either call in your pledge during the Marathon, or contribute online any time at http://wtju.net.
David Eisenman, Jazz and Blues Director
Gary Funston, Assistant Jazz and Blues Director