• Jazz at 100 Hour 25: Yardbird – The Savoy and Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker

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    Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and Miles Davis Emerging from the Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City and relentlessly curious about how to play the new music he heard in his head, Charlie Parker found sympathetic players in New York, especially Dizzy Gillespie. In November of 1945, Bird, as he was universally known, began to record with […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 8/16/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 8/16/2017 Fabian Almazan & Rhizome – Alcanza (Biophilia): Fabian Almazan began his career as a leader with a goal to fuse classical, Latin, and post-bop jazz-based musical languages into a complex whole. Two releases later, Almazan offers an hour-long, nine-movement suite that still seeks to meld these styles in a deeper […]

  • WTJU Presents Co-Operative Jazz Trio, Aug 24

    WTJU joins the Charlottesville Jazz Society in presenting co-operative jazz trio 10³²K (pronounced 10 to the 32nd K) in concert August 24 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  The group features trombonist Frank Lacy, who is a member of the Mingus Big Band and has performed with Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and others. […]

  • South African Jazz Celebration on World Turning, Aug 18

    Tune in this Friday afternoon, August 19, from 12-2 (edt) for a special look at South African Jazz.  Joining us in studio on WTJU will be South African natives Wendy Grove and Lisa Grove, as well as Todd Leback.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure on Lambeth Live, Aug 18

    Charlottesville’s own funk band, Choose Your Own Adventure, will put on the August 18 edition of Lambeth Live (heard each Friday night from 8-9 on WTJU), and you are invited to be part of the studio audience for this FREE concert broadcast!  You can of course listen to it (91.1 FM around Charlottesville, on-line at […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 24: Bebop’s Twin – Rhythm and Blues

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    Some of the same forces that launched Bebop as a break from Big Band Swing, also fueled the birth of Rhythm and Blues – the rise of independent labels in the wake of the recording ban of 1942 – 1944, the economic infeasibility of touring with 16-member orchestras, the decline of dance halls in the […]

  • New Blues and Gospel News – 8/9/2017

    New Blues & Gospel News – 8/9/2017 Eli Cook – High-Dollar Gospel (Self-produced): Nelson County resident Eli Cook offers his seventh disc and it is both intriguing and captivating. Eight of the eleven songs are originals and the remainder are covers of Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had”, Roosevelt Sykes’ “44 Blues” […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 8/8/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 8/8/2017 Charlie Ballantine – Where Is My Mind? (Self-produced): Guitarist / composer Charlie Ballantine, graduate of the Indiana University Jazz Studies program. He identifies his major influences as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix. In addition to Ballantine’s electric and acoustic guitar playing, the rest of the players […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 23: Birth of Bebop

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    Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie “By the early 1940s … a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggressive pursuit of instrumental virtuosity, and an increasingly adventurous harmonic language.” – Scott Deveaux “Because its loose, improvisatory format offers an obvious point of contrast to […]