• Wenzel Heinrich Veit String Quartets, Vol. 1 – an individual voice

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    Robert Schumann had this to say of Wenzel Heinrich Veit’s music: The form of this quartet contains nothing unusual, there is no boldness or originality, but it is proper and shows a well-trained hand. Both the harmony and the individual voices are worthy of high praise. I think the first part of that assessment’s a […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 11/13/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 11/13/2017 Black Gardenia – Lucky Star (Self-produced): Daphne Roubini sounds a lot like Billie Holiday without the fractured blues drag vocal that characterized Holiday’s later years. The instrumentation is slightly different, but clearly recalls an older era and how Holiday would have likely handled it. The songs themselves certainly recall Holiday’s […]

  • Devon Sproule stops by WTJU, Nov 14

    Charlottesville’s own Devon Sproule will stop by WTJU this Tuesday afternoon, November 14, around 1 (est) for a live session.  Rumor is besides performing, she might even pick out a few of her favorite recordings from other female artists who have influenced her over the years.

  • New Blues News – 11/10/2017

    New Blues News – 11/10/2017 Jim Byrnes – Long Hot Summer Days (Black Hen Music): Jim Byrnes singer/songwriter/guitarist and former television actor (“Wiseguy”, “Highlander” series) releases his ninth release and it is a tantalizing set. His partnership with Steve Dawson (guitars, producer) seems to be a perfect mix. Dawson wrote one song and co-wrote two […]

  • WTJU Classical Marathon airs the richness of the classical repertoire, December 4 – 10

    Ever wished you could enjoy WTJU’s exceptional classical programming all day long? From December 4th through 10th, you can. Tune in for WTJU’s 2017 Classical Marathon, a week of round-the-clock classical music, specially programmed for your listening pleasure. The Classical Marathon doubles as a pledge drive for WTJU as we raise $40,000 from our listeners. […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 37: Cool – Four Brothers After Woody Herman

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    Zoot Sims Bandleader Woody Herman created a distinctive sound around The Four Brothers – the three tenor plus baritone sax front line of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Stewart (later Al Cohn) and Serge Chaloff – and the writing of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. In time, Getz, Sims, Chaloff, Cohn and Giuffre would all become distinctive […]

  • Rock Top 10 Adds — 11/7/2017

    Here’s the WTJU rock department’s top ten records spun this week! Be sure to check out the beautiful new Julien Baker “Turn Out the Lights” music video as well as the more eaze single, “i don’t care” featuring Awful Records’ Slug Christ.

  • Henry Cotter Nixon Volume 2 – Sophomore Slump?

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    I loved the first installment of this three-part series. This, the second, I have a few reservations about. Henry Cotter Nixon spent most of his professional life at the edges of the English musical world. Although his music won awards, his career outside of London hampered performances. This volume features a variety of works that, to my […]

  • Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

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    The biography of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) by Harvey Sachs was considered definitive when it was published in 1978. Sachs, who has devoted a lifetime of scholarship to the study of the life and career of Toscanini, has now published a new biography, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Norton 2016), that is far more […]