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Special Black History Month Programming

2009 Black History Month Programming Schedule

Join WTJU's observance of Black History Month with special broadcasts showcasing the musical contributions of those of African heritage. Tune in to hear specially themed editions of many of our regularly scheduled programs.

Monday, February 16, 2009
"Sketches In Black"
on Soulful Situation
When: Noon-2:00 PM
Host: Michael Shelton

Tune in to listen to an audio collage of the African experience in America and contribution to American History as told through song. It will include soul, blues, gospel, jazz, world and roots music as well as spoken word excerpts from notable elders.

"Alabama: Jazz inspired by the Civil Rights Movement"
on Anything Goes
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Sean Grzegorczyk

A Civil Rights-inspired Jazz program: The show will focus on pieces inspired by certain civil rights events (John Coltrane's Alabama, Mingus's Wednesday Night Prayer Session, Blakey's Freedom March and Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit) along with some spirituals (the music of Mahalia Jackson, the infamous Wade in the Water).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"Poly-rhythmic Roots & Branches"
on Radio Tropicale
When: Noon-2:00 PM
Host: MichaelShelton

Radio Tropicale celebrates Black History Month with a special presentation of the African poly-rhythmic influence on contemporary music genres. From the jungle through the jazz, into salsa to the rock, the Drum speaks and swings. MichaelShelton hosts.

"Andrew Hill & Greg Osby"
on Straight No Chaser
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Charlie Curtis

Tune in for a special Black History Month show featuring pianist Andrew Hill and alto saxophonist Greg Osby. Both men have contributed to a true expansion of the jazz idiom in both performance and composition.

Thursday, February 19, 2009
"African American Legends of Jazz & Blues"
on Induced to Judder
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Ron Dominic

Spend an evening with Ron Dominic as he plays deep cuts of legendary artists Buddy Miles, Cab Calloway, and blues gutarist BB King. Ron will highlight and define what these artists have injected as musicians into our American culture.

Friday, February 20, 2009
"Aretha"
on Professor Bebop
When: 11:00 PM-1:00 AM
Host: Professor Bebop

Recently recognized in a Rolling Stone musicians' survey as the greatest vocalist of the rock era, Aretha Franklin's voice and style put every listener in closer touch with the passions of the soul and heart, whether bringing the message from the stage, the pulpit, or the Capitol steps.

Saturday, February 21, 2009
"Miles Davis: Kind of Blue"
on Old Vinyl
When: 3:00 AM-4:00 AM
Host: The Melody Man

Special one-hour pre-recorded radio documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2009
"100 years of African American Gospel Music"
on In The Spirit
When: 9:00-10:00 AM
Host: Rebecca Foster

Rebecca will play a sampling from 100 years' worth of African American gospel music starting with the Old South Quartette recorded in 1909. You can hear such artists as the Blind Boys of Alabama and Mississippi, the Soul Stirrers, the Harmonizing Four, Mahalia Jackson, Josh White, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Caravans.

Monday, February 23, 2009
"David "Fathead" Newman & Hank Crawford"
on Nick at Nine
When: 9:00-10:30 AM
Host: Nick Page

The Nick at Nine show will showcase two fabulous late musicians, Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman. Both of them played with the Ray Charles band, Hank on Baritone sax and Newman on Alto and Tenor sax. Both of these gentlemen died in January. This will be a tribute to two of Nick's all-time favorite musicians. Tune in from 9:00 till 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, for the Nick at Nine show only on 91.1 WTJU Charlottesville, The Sound Choice in Central Virginia.

"Art Blakey/ Horace Silver/ Jimmy Smith"
on Funhouse
When: 10:30 AM-Noon
Host: Gerald Watts

Funhouse is dedicated to the music of Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver, the foundation artists in the Blue Note family. The popularity of these artists kept Blue Note alive to record the other greats as they came along. As part of Black History Month, Gerald will be celebrating and sharing the music of these great artists. Tune in!

"50 Years of Motown"
on Soulful Situation
When: Noon-2:00 PM
Host: Robin Tomlin

The Rumcove will explore the Motown Record releases from the last 50 years including Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Funk Brothers and many more.

"Thelonius Monk's Misterioso"
on Anything Goes
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Steve Huff

Misterioso is one of Thelonius Monk's best known tunes and could serve as an epitaph for the enigmatic composer and pianist. It has been covered by many artists and has been the topic of doctoral dissertations. As part of WTJU's tribute to black history this month, the Anything Goes crew will feature several of Monk's performances of Misterioso from different times in his career. Covers of Misterioso by Carla Bley, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Randy Weston and others will add to the celebration.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Herbie Nichols"
on All That Jazz
When: 9:00-10:30 AM
Host: Ann Porotti

Best known for writing Lady Sings the Blues, pianist and composer Herbie Nichols recorded only four discs--The Complete Blue Note Recordings (May 1955-April 1956), and a single offering on the Bethlehem label-- Love,Gloom,Cash,Love. His style -an elegant mix of hard bop, West Indian rhythms, and musical angularity- was often mistaken for that of Thelonius Monk. But Nichols was more unusual than Monk, more melancholic, more poetic. Personal favorites include House Party Starting and Chit-Chatting. Nichols' musical genius was never celebrated during his lifetime, and he died of leukemia in 1963 at the age of 43.

"Ella & Louie: Alone, Together & with the Mills Brothers"
on Rhythm & Romance
When: 10:30 AM-Noon
Host: Charles Peale

Charles will feature duets and solo performances by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong along with each of them singing with the Mills Brothers.

"Lead Belly"
on Walk Right In
When: Noon - 2:00PM
Host: Rebecca Foster

One hour of Lead Belly's music will illustrate Black History as seen by one of America's most beloved folk singers. He sang the blues, children's songs, work songs, pop songs and protest songs. One of the things that was wonderful about Lead Belly is that he gave the music context, explaining where the songs came from to his mostly-white audiences. Take a trip back to the first half of the 20th century and spend some time with Rebecca and Lead Belly.

"The Marsalis Family"
on Loose Threads
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Tim Beeghly

Tim Beeghly will showcase the first family of modern jazz from the Crescent City featuring the music of the Marsalis family including Ellis, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"Black Action Figures"
on Left of Cool
When: 9:00 AM-Noon
Host: Larry Minnick

The music of Greg Osby, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran on Blue Note 1998-2008.

"Sonny Rollins"
on Straight No Chaser
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Dusty Garwood

Sonny Rollins is one of the most popular contemporary tenor saxophonists of the bebop/hard bop era. Sonny has been recording since the 1940's and continues to record and be an inspiration to many in the world of jazz today.

Thursday, February 26, 2009
"Piano Black Magic"
on Jazz Songline
When: 9:00 AM-Noon
Host: Tom Klippstein

Black pianists from Fats Waller through Mary Lou Williams and Cedar Walton.

"The Wild Women of the Classic Blues"
on Eclectic Woman
When: 7:00 - 9:00PM
Host: Sandy Snyder & Joyce Dudek

For our special Black History Edition of The Eclectic Woman Show, we will celebrate the Classic Blues women who "ushered Black Culture into the American mainstream" (Calliope Films): Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Sippie Wallace, and the women they inspired.

"Unsung Heroes"
on Induced to Judder
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: David Eisenman

For Black History Month the Juddermeister features four unsung heroes of four genres of interest? in jazz, the tenor saxophonist, composer and band leader, Hank Mobley. In soul, the house band leader of Atlantic Records, saxophonist King Curtis. In New Orleans R&B, singer/ songwriter/ producer, Earl King, and in blues, singer/ guitarist Luther Allison.

Friday, February 27, 2009
"Jazz Singers in the Blues Groove"
on Stef-o-Scope
When: 9:00-10:30 AM
Host: Stephanie Nakasian

From Bessie to Dinah to Dakota to Etta- From Jimmy Rushing to Joe Williams- there have been scores of great black jazz singers who came out of blues roots. Of course, all jazz is rooted in the blues to a great extent, but some singers just do the blues better. We'll examine the lineage of great jazz blues singers who mixed the genres to perfection. Aretha gives total credit for her sound to Dinah Washington and there are so many other great jazz singers who use blues as a mainstay in their jazz styling. We'll swing and find the blues groove with these ladies (and men) from the 30's to present-day stars on the scene.

"Charles Mingus"
on The Jazz Messenger
When: 10:30 AM-Noon
Host: Brian Keena

Composer, band leader, arranger, bassist and pianist Charles Mingus left behind a staggering catalog of work. Beginning in 1947 he performed on recordings with jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, and many others. Passionate about civil rights and painfully aware of the injustices of post-War American society, he was outspoken regarding his political views. Mingus expressed those views most powerfully and effectively through his music, composing such durable compositions as "The Original Fables of Faubus," "Better Git It In Your Soul," and "Saturday Night Prayer Meeting."

"Vee-Jay Records"
on Nothing But The Blues
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Peter Welch

Vee-Jay Records was the most successful independent black-owned record company prior to Motown Records. Peter will focus on Blues recordings on Vee-Jay, including artists such as John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, Eddie Taylor and Billy Boy Arnold.

"B.B. King"
on Professor Bebop
When: 11:00 PM-1:00 AM
Host: Professor Bebop

Last of the Blues Giants, Riley B. King is one of the greatest blues singers, writers, and guitarists to emerge in past 60 years. Join Professor Bebop for the real deal, Lucille.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
"John Mason & South African Jazz"
on Living Time
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Gary Funston

Author, photographer, and University of Virginia history professor John Mason will join Gary to discuss Mason's upcoming book about traditional parades and music in South Africa. Mason has traveled to South Africa many times and taken part in these parades, documenting them in words and pictures. For this appearance, Mason will play examples of South African jazz and discuss differences in style from region to region.

Sunday, March 01, 2009
"Dexter Gordon"
on Jazzmania
When: 10:00 AM-Noon
Host: Eric Angevine

You might remember Long Tall Dexter Gordon for his full tenor sound, or recall his face in the iconic photograph by Herman Leonard. You may even have seen him in his Oscar-nominated role in the film "Round Midnight". But did you know he was the son of one of our country's first prominent black physicians, and grandson of a renowned "Buffalo Soldier"? Hear history come alive in the music of Dexter Gordon on Sunday, March 1st, on Jazzmania.

"Lonnie Johnson"
on Walking Blues
When: 9:00-11:00 PM
Host: Bill Adams

Lonnie Johnson, born in New Orleans and co-inventor, with Eddie Lang, of jazz guitar soloing.

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