• Jake Blount & Tatiana Hargreaves stop by WTJU, Feb 4

    Jake Blount and Tatiana Hargreaves will stop by WTJU this Sunday afternoon, February 4, a little after 1 (est) for a live session.  Later that evening they will be part of a special event at The Front Porch titled Black and Global Roots Music Project, also featuring Seth Swingle & Fiona Balestrieri, and Jeffrey Scott.

  • New Blues and Soul News – 1/28/2018

    New Blues and Soul News – 1/28/2018 New Blues Adds: Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator): Veteran bluesman Tinsley Ellis (guitar, vocal) offers nine new songs of his own and a cover of “Dixie Lullaby” (Leon Russel-Chris Stainton). The disc features several guitar changes that creates varying moods as the disc progresses. Certainly, Ellis is […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 47: The Experimentalists – Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane

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    Charles Mingus In his book Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965, David Rosenthal outlines a group of musicians within the hard bop idiom that he identifies as “experimentalists”, describing them as “…consciously trying to expand jazz’s structural and technical boundaries: for instance, pianist Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane prior to his 1965 […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 1/24/2018

    New Jazz Adds – 1/24/2018 Jeff Baker – Phrases (OA2): Vocalist/composer/arranger Jeff Baker is a highly regarded composer and performer with a style all his own. On this disc, he creates songs based on a variety of novels as well as rearranging several pop songs by the likes of Billy Joel and Bonnie Raitt. His […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 46: The Songbooks

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    Songs from what came to be known as the Great American Songbook, have been part of jazz perhaps since The Original Dixieland Jazz Band began recording Irving Berlin compositions. In the 1940s, singer Lee Wiley recorded several collections of 78s, known as “albums” – a name that stuck into the LP era, focused on the […]

  • January Jazz Changes: New Saturday Night Show & Mon/Wed Swap

    A new year brings new changes to Jazz. We’ve got a new show, which started last Saturday, and two Jazz staples are changing their times but keeping their sound the same. Replacing The Groove Tube: Radio Superfly Hosted by DJ Shea Butter Do you like funk, soul, and hip hop? How about Latin music, jazz, […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 45: Norman Granz and Verve Records

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    Ella and Louis In July 2, 1944, Norman Granz, a jazz fan and small-time LA promoter staged a concert in the Philharmonic Auditorium with $300 of borrowed money. His “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts were hugely successful and became tours that ran until 1957. These tours and the record labels they spawned – Clef, Norgran […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 1/10/2018

    New Blues & Soul News – 1/10/2018 New Blues Adds: Ghalia & Mama’s Boys – Let The Demons Out (Ruf): Belgian singer/guitarist/composer Ghalia Vauthier has been making visits to the US since 2016 when she broadened her singer/songwriting to include the blues. She was quickly “adopted” by the musicians and populace of Clarksdale, MS and […]

  • WTJU Best of 2017 Releases

    As they have for the last several years, a number of the WTJU announcers look back at some of their favorite 2017 releases (with one or two late 2016 and early 2018 pre-releases making the cut).  Because there were so many wonderful releases by local acts, most of the announcers chose to limit their lists […]