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Special Black History Month Programming

Coleman Hawkins


The University of Virginia's radio station (91.1 FM) will kick off its fourth annual week-long celebration of Black History Month on Monday, February 20 and continue through February 26. This is a creative opportunity for our passionate and knowledgeable DJ’s to concentrate on special programming without distraction. Please 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.

2012 Black History Month Programming Schedule (printable):

Monday, February 20, 2012
"Blowing Out in Chicago: AACM and the Chicago Avant Garde"
on The Bump
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Steven Villereal

A reverent look at some of the free spirits from Chicago's south side, with a focus on the hugely creative network of black jazz artists who composed the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

"Soul"
on Funhouse
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Gerald Watts

It's what's in us. It's our essence. It's the principle of life, love, feeling and thought. It's who we are. Join Gerald as he explores the definitions through the music inspired by soul, so much so that soul was put into the title of the song. Listen and hear why these African-American artists put emphasis on these songs by just putting soul in the titles.

"From the Gospel Highway…"
on Soulful Situation
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: The Rum Cove

The Rum Cove traces the movement of gospel lineage from the church to the R&B chartbusters, including the music of Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Mavis Staples and many others.

"The Freedom Train"
on Anything Goes
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Sean Grzegorczyk

The anthems of the Civil Rights Movement are many. The injustices and struggle for freedom of the 50's and 60's also provided inspiration for works by Coltrane, Mingus, Blakey, Duke, Mahalia, Nina Simone and many others. So join Sean as he takes a look back at the music of the civil rights movement.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
"West Coast Bop"
on All That Jazz
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Ann Porotti

Los Angeles' African American jazz community grew up along Central Avenue beginning in the 1920's with musicians arriving from New Orleans. This renaissance of energy and collaboration prospered despite LA's municipal deed restrictions against black ownership of property. Jazz venues thrived: Club Alabam, the HiDiHo , Billy Berg's, Plantation Club (in suburban Watts) and Ritz. All That Jazz salutes the great west coast jazz players who brought BeBop to life from 1946 to the 1950's. Hear famed tenor battles between a young Dexter Gordon and Wardell Grey, the brilliance of unknown bop pianist Carl Perkins and drummer Frank Butler, plus recordings by trumpeter Howard McGhee, tenors Sonny Criss, Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, and bassist Curtis Counce. Showcased, because he too was there, is Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa, the great bebop pianist with Charlie Parker Septet.

"Rhythm&Romance Highlights the Doo Wop Years"
on Rhythm & Romance
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Charles Peale

From 1950 to 1958 there was a Vocal Group Phenomenon across the USA. The black vocal group sound embodies both rhythm and romance, smooth balladeering and a blend of mainstream pop with strong influences from jazz and blues. Join your host Charles Peale on Tuesday morning for a musical exploration of these intricate harmonies, dreamy backgrounds and even some finger poppin' uptempo numbers. Listen to the Clovers, the Penguins, the Drifters, the Platters and more in a glorious blend of youth and magic. Don't miss this rare broadcast.

"They Call Them Blues"
on Walk Right In
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Rebecca Foster

Since W.C. Handy heard the "weirdest music" ever at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi in 1903, the lamentations of the poor country blacks of America have gone on a long strange trip. Countless songs have "Blues" in the title. Rebecca will do a wide sampling using the Walk Right In theme of "vintage, fresh, exotic and local" to see what, if anything, they have in common.

"African-American Voices of the Past and Present"
on A Time for Singing
When: 19:00-21:00
Host: Ann Shaffer

Selections from the opera and concert repertoire performed by some of the finest artists of yesterday and today.

"Harlem Renaissance and the Stride Piano"
on Loose Threads
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Tim Beeghly

During the 1920's and 1930's Harlem became the center for a new age of Jazz with the piano acting as a bridge between ragtime piano of the turn of the century and the new jazz piano styles that were evolving. Join Tim Beeghly, host of Loose Threads, as he explores these new styles including Duke Ellington, James Johnson, Fats Waller and Art Tatum.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"Afrocubism"
on Left of Cool
When: 09:00-11:55
Host: Larry Minnick

Join Larry for an exploration of musical styles of jazz that run from Africa to Cuba, and are enjoyed around the world.

"From the Delta to the Desert"
on Radio Tropicale
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Steve Kindig

This show will explore the musical connections and cross-pollination between American blues and the desert blues of Mali. We’ll hear from Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Lobi Traore, John Lee Hooker and many others.

"The Deseg Center"
on Special
When: 21:00-21:05
Host: Ellen Daniels

In 1967, to facilitate school desegregation in Virginia, U.Va.'s Curry School of Education established the Consultative Resource Center. The Deseg Center, as it later came to be known, helped public schools solve problems remaining after desegregation. Ellen Daniels spoke about the center with researchers Eleanor Wilson, Associate Professor in Teacher Education, and Patrice Grimes, Associate Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Social Studies, both at U.Va.'s  Curry School of Education. "It's a story long overdue in being told," said Grimes. The center's philosophy was based on the belief that dialogue across racial lines would smooth the desegregation process. Over its 14 years, the Deseg Center provided resources to school systems in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Deseg Center contributed significantly to the integration of the public schools, yet its impact is difficult to measure. Mention of the center, though, continues to evoke impassioned memories from those who worked to bring about change in the schools of Virginia and the surrounding states. *Some content taken from "The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia 1905-2005," a history of the Curry School of Education, by Eleanor Wilson.

"Sketches In Black, Vol 2: The Freedom Vibration"
on The Summit
When: 21:05-23:00
Host: MichaelShelton

The freedom vibration is the undercurrent animating actions of prayer, protest, liberation, self-determination, and peace. Its original prime movers were the drum and the voice, evolving into a brilliant multitude of artistic expressions. This presentation of The Summit - the cornerstone in its month-long journey of special programming - reflects the influence of this vibration in the musical expression mainly of the African Diaspora, yet not wholly confined to it... because, as we know, the freedom quest does not discriminate. Bring your backbone and have your seat belt handy for this lively and provocative edition of Wednesday night Jazz.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
"Black Gospel: Jazz Has Never Been the Same"
on Pulse!
When: 09:00-12:00
Host: David Lee

The gospel music of the African American churches in the 1940’s and 50’s provided fuel for the struggle for civil rights and made an indelible impact on Jazz music around the world. This show is a celebration of that music and how its spirit and its influence have endured.

"Diaspora"
on Eclectic Woman
When: 19:00-21:00
Host: Robyn Kells

The voices of Black women both in Africa and the New World, including the Caribbean and Central/South America.

"The Prince Of Darkness"
on Induced to Judder
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: David Eisenman

What better way to celebrate Black History Week than a show dedicated to the music of Miles Davis, where we'll feature not only his musical performances but explore his music through the insightful interpretations of others such as Wes Montgomery, Michael Wolff, Sonny Clark, and others.

Friday, February 24, 2012
"The Black Singers"
on Stef-o-Scope
When: 09:00-10:30
Host: Stephanie Nakasian

Join Stephanie as she surveys her favorite black singers throughout the history of recorded jazz.

"Soul Jazz"
on The Jazz Messenger
When: 10:30-12:00
Host: Brian Keena

Get your groove on with the Jazz Messenger as we enjoy 90 minutes of pure Soul Jazz as part of WTJU's Black History Week special programming. Featuring plenty of Hammond B-3 organ, guitar, sax and a distinctive bass-driven, danceable rhythm, Soul Jazz borrows stylistically from the Hard Bop and Blues themes of Jazz, reflecting the time that much of it was born (late 1950s through early 1970s). We will cover such artists as Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons, Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine, as well as many others. Much of this Gospel-informed, Blues-drenched sound has stayed relevant and influences today's sound (such as Acid Jazz, Fusion, and Groove-based jazz), and we'll take a peak at contemporary examples of Soul Jazz-influenced artists such as Jamiroquai and MMW.

"Blues Live in the Windy City"
on Nothing But The Blues
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Peter Welch

Classic live recordings from clubs such as The Checkerboard Lounge, Theresa’s, Pepper’s, Rosa’s and many others.

"Memphis and Nashville: R&B and Soul"
on Professor Bebop
When: 23:00-01:00
Host: Professor Bebop

These two musical cities are among the most famous contributors to American popular music in terms of style and development.  Mostly known as the home of Country Music, Nashville was actually the first major producer of R&B in the state and region. Memphis, on the other hand, became the center of the greatest classic soul sound of the 60's. The Professor will host a comparative listen to some of the greatest rhythm 'n' blues and soul recordings produced in these two musical capitols in the 40's, 50's, and 60's. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012
"Paying Tribute to the Immortal Arthur Lee & Love"
on On The Edge
When: 03:00-06:00
Host: Ponch McPhee

An amazing journey and reflective look through the back pages of psychedelic/folk/rock, born through the magic of Genius Composer & Lyricist Arthur Lee, his "forever changes" persuasive & influential songster ability both heavy and soft in popular music, Not forgotten. Truly a Black History Artist Month Exclusive, On The Edge.

"Vagabond Shoes celebrates Black History Month"
on Vagabond Shoes
When: 18:00-19:30
Host: David Soyka

Vagabond Shoes celebrates Black History Month by focusing on African American artists in various genres to present interesting connections among pop, jazz, folk, blues and rock and whatever else in-between. From blues to bebop, R&B to rock and roll, zydeco to a zillion other modes of expression that black artists have made part of the unique American idiom. Join us on Saturday, February 25th, for wherever our two feet lead us.

"Portraits of African American Innovators in Modern Jazz"
on Living Time
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Gary Funston

Whether inspired by their roots in the black church, or by civil rights causes in the 60's, or by interest in their African roots, musicians like Don Pullen, Julius Hemphill and David Murray have made many thoughtful, entertaining works of art that will stand the test of time. Tune in to hear examples of the powerful, creative works of these and other artists.

Sunday, February 26, 2012
"Music of Adolphus C. Hailstork"
on Classical Sunrise
When: 06:00-09:00
Host: Deborah Murray

Selections from the music of this versatile composer.

"All Our Favorites"
on In The Spirit
When: 09:00-10:00
Host: Terry Carpenter

Tune in Sunday, February 26th, when we celebrate Black History Month with a special edition of "In the Spirit." We will feature some on our favorite gospel groups, such as the Swan Silvertones, the Soul Stirrers, the Heavenly Gospel Singers, and the Harmonizing Four.

"The Art of the Ballad"
on Jazzmania
When: 10:00-12:00
Host: Dusty Garwood

Celebrating the influences of African Americans in modern jazz, Dusty Garwood will offer up some background music for your Sunday morning.

"Celebrating Black History Month"
on Tell Us A Tale
When: 12:00-14:00
Host: Peter Jones

For well over a decade Tell Us A Tale has been celebrating Black History Month, blending traditional African tales and legends with music from some of our favorite African American artists. We are pleased to join our friends in the jazz and blues department in this special week-long celebration.

"Black By Persuasion"
on Walking Blues
When: 21:00-23:00
Host: Bill Adams

Roots and Legacy of Johnny Otis

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