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2013 Jazz Marathon: Everywhere There's Jazz

2013 WTJU JAZZ MARATHON & FUNDRAISER ----  Sept 30 - Oct 6

Pledge Line during the Marathon:  434-924-3959

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between classical music and jazz.
I feel there is no boundary line.”
Duke Ellington

“We don’t need no stinkin’ boundaries.”
WTJU Jazz Department

Crossing musical boundaries is what we here at WTJU are all about. The 2013 Jazz Marathon celebrates the lack of boundaries in proclaiming “Everywhere There’s Jazz.” For one very special week of programming running from September 30th to October 6th, WTJU provides you with boundless jazz music from around the world. Bookended by two live concerts, broadcasting at 91.1 FM and streaming to your computers and smartphones at, our autumnal rite aims to raise $40,000 in listener donations to help this unique station remain unrestricted by boundaries.  

Our travel plans kick off with a special concert featuring Detroit chanteuse Kathy Kosins with Bob Hallahan on the Steinway piano taking place on Friday, September 27th at 8 pm at Brooks Hall. On the way to our final destination is a stop at The Haven to hear multi-instrumentalist Jessica Lurie and her band on Friday, October 4th at 8 pm. Both shows are presented in conjunction with the Charlottesville Jazz Society and a portion of all ticket sales go towards our marathon goal (did me mention we need to raise $40,000?).

The live music goes on all week from our studios, with special performances from 6-8 pm by jazz and blues performers from around Virginia. These include CHARST, composed of area high school and college students, as well as mentors such as John D’earth and Art Wheeler. Bassist Chris Dammann, who played and studied in Chicago, summons up some of that city’s flavor with his group’s performance.

Be sure to check out your favorite DJs, such as Professor BeBop presenting “Blues from Everywhere,” Brian Keena with “Hard Bop: New York Jazz Scene 1950-1965,” and Rebecca and David Lee presenting “Jazz North of the Border: Canadian Men vs. Women.” There’s much, much more—you can check out the entire schedule here.

Come with us and cross musical borders to enjoy sounds you may never knew existed, as well as visit familiar tunes and locales. We’re going places, but we can only get there with your help. Make your donation to the 2013 Jazz Marathon and receive our boundless thanks (and maybe get a cool t-shirt to proclaim yourself a fellow traveler). 


David Eisenman
WTJU Jazz & Blues Director

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