Mon Sep 30

6am Days of the Week in Song jazz

From Stormy Monday to Saturday Night Fish Fry, jazz and blues artists let you know how their days are going.

9am Coming Home: New Orleans - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow With Mr. Jazz jazz

Michael J. "Mr. Jazz" Gourrier is a 43-year veteran of Jazz Broadcasting. His career started in the early 70’s at KGBC radio in Galveston, Texas and segued to a 24-year tour at WWOZ-FM in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina relocated Gourrier to Richmond, Virginia in 2006, where he became affiliated with WRIR-FM and in 2008 was named Jazz Director for that station. Over the years he has been an activist, historian and lecturer on and for the arts. He was a Board Member of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation for over 20 years. He has more than three dozen, hour-long interviews with major artists in repository at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Archives. He is a past Board Member and presenter for the New Orleans International Music Colloquium. He is a past Board Member of the Richmond Jazz Society, Guest Lecturer in Jazz History at V.C.U., and twelve-year Presenter at the Richmond Folk Festival. Join us as Mr. Jazz plays his favorites from the past, present, and future jazz artists from the Crescent City.

12pm Reggie Young: America's Guitar Player jazz

With the passing in January 2019 of Reggie Young, America lost one of its lesser known but hugely influential guitar masters. Starting in Memphis in 1956, he became one of the most recorded session players in US history. Touring with The Beatles on their first American tour in 1964, he taught George Harrison some licks and styles that would further his skills. Working at Royal Recording in Memphis and moving to Chips Moman's hit factory American Sound Studio in the mid-60's, he played on countless Soul and R&B classics, Pop hits and County & Western themed recordings. Artists including Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, Joe Tex, Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin and many, many more benefited from his extraordinary tone and feel. We'll be joined at intervals by Red Kelly, The Soul Detective, who was given, by Reggie, the entire set of diaries that he recorded every session in. A excellent resource for knowing all of the story of this prolific and legendary American session player.

2pm Bill Frisell jazz

One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. Join Larry for his favorite recordings while enticing you to pledge to this radio station.

4pm Sacred Steel Guitars jazz

Delve into the gospel-meets-blues tradition of sacred steel guitars. Rooted in African-American Pentacostal churches, this divine music and its secular offspring will make you want to clap, dance, and shout. This show is open to saints and sinners alike and will feature artists such as the Campbell Brothers, Aubrey Ghent, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

7pm Randy Johnston Trio LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

Randy Johnston is a professional jazz guitarist now living in Charlottesville. He has recorded over a dozen albums as a leader, and has performed with many jazz greats including Lou Donaldson, Houston Person and Etta Jones. He'll be accompanied by the great local organist Jonah Kane-West, and drummer extraordinaire Robert Jospé.

8pm Singers Went Unsung: The B Side of Vocal Jazz jazz

Legacies of the great American jazz divas and songsters can never be honored enough. They defined the way we perceived Vocal Jazz, yet they may have also overshadowed a good number of talented singers from getting more attention. No matter how these stories eventually slid into obscurity, their sweet, tender yet very refreshing voices are worth our equal rewards. It'd be nice for them to come home to.

10pm 50 Years of the Art Ensemble of Chicago jazz

The seminal avant-garde jazz ensemble born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. "Point of Departure" DJ David Moltz will play highlights from the group's voluminous discography, which features the visionary playing of Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and Joseph Jarman.

Tue Oct 1

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Ella Fitzgerald: Best of the Songbooks jazz

Ira Gershwin once said that he never knew how good his songs were until he heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them. Between 1954 and 1966, Fitzgerald recorded eight albums reimagining the work of songwriting greats like Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen. This show selects the best of the best for one enchanted evening of vocal jazz magic.

9am NOLA: The Birthplace of Jazz in the Melting Pot of the Blues jazz

New Orleans has been the musical melting pot of peoples who in turn have created unique musical amalgamations such as “jass” (eventually called jazz). This constant celebration of blending music has brought us unique versions of jazz, blues, R’n’B, zydeco and funk. Louis Armstrong was one of the main shapers of this style. Professor Bebop will track the earlier style and Armstrong’s influence on its development, and sample other styles such as blues, R’n’B and funk uniquely defined in New Orleans style.

12pm Female Flying Fingers jazz

Join Rebecca as she features great keyboard players, including Marian McPartland, Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Shirley Scott, Marcia Ball, Mary Lou Williams, and some you may never have heard of!

2pm Jazz Greats From Pittsburgh jazz

Steel City jazz such as Dodo Marmarosa, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Eckstine, Maxine Sullivan, Slide Hampton, Sonny Clark, among many more.

4pm Being Home: All Jazz is Local, the Charlottesville Scene jazz

Dozens of recording artists live and make their living in Central Virginia.  Join us as we play recordings across the broad spectrum of our jazz scene.  Requests are welcome.

7pm Jack Sheehan LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

Alto saxophonist Jack Sheehan graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Performance. In the fall of 2017, Jack relocated to Charlottesville, where he performs regularly with many of the area's jazz musicians, several of whom will accompany him for this live performance.

8pm Live at the Lighthouse jazz

In 1949, the Lighthouse burst onto the West Coast Jazz scene, forming its own house band and attracting talented players for generations. In this show we’ll survey the Live at the Lighthouse album series and the giants like Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan who elevated the club to fame.

10pm Trópicos Líquidos jazz

An evening of contemporary Latinx dancefloor psychedelia swirling onto the airwaves from all of the Americas, spiked with tropical futurist improv and blended with as much rhythm as it takes to spill your rum and Coke on the parquet.

Wed Oct 2

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Detroit, My Hometown jazz

An astonishing number of great musicians emerged from the schools and Jazz scenes of Detroit from the 30's to the present day. We'll sample some of the best the Motor City has to offer.

9am Coming Home: Chicago - Blues Guitar Greats jazz

Spanning the diverse and wide universe of Chicago Blues Guitarists, we will hear from as many of them as we can fit in our allotted three-hour time slot. Acoustic and Electric, it’s sure to be eclectic! Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Michael Bloomfield, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Big Bill Broonzy, Eddie Taylor, and many many more.

12pm Caravan jazz

Music just sounds different under a desert sky. Steve Kindig and Eric Angevine take a sonic tour of the Middle East and North Africa, where traditional rhythms and modern jazz combine to create something new. Sit in for music that will soothe your soul, then make you get up and move to the beat.

2pm Broadway's Jazz Standards, From the Heart of New York City jazz

Broadway has spawned hundreds of songs that have become Jazz Standards. The great music from composers like Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, and Cole Porter has been recognized and interpreted by jazz musicians for over a century. Listen to the songs that have made the trip from 42nd Street to the jazz clubs of New York City and the world.

4pm The Blues Location jazz

An eclectic collection of Blues about either coming home or cities to come home from. Featuring such diverse singers as Boz Scaggs, Gatemouth Brown and Doug Sahm, and traditional voices such as Albert King and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins. With songs such as Sweet Texas Rose, I'm Coming Home, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Breakdown and Frisco Line!

7pm Harmonica Blowout LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

This year's Harmonica Blowout will include Waverly Milor (of Hard Swimmin' Fish and $12 Bacon), Art Wheeler (master musician, composer and historian), and Johnny Bishop (of Johnny B. & The Goodes) on harmonica. And this year's backing band, The Goodes, will include Ian Gilliam on guitar, Steve Riggs on bass, and Paul Hammond on drums. They will be performing for your financial support of their favorite radio station... and we hope yours, too!

8pm Top Ten Jazz Concerts in Charlottesville History jazz

Gary and Steve help you relive some of your favorite jazz concerts by playing live recordings from those shows. On the short list are performances by Charles Owens Mingus Awareness Project, Bill Frisell Trio at Starr Hill, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Pat Metheny at Old Cabell Hall, and many more. Vote for your favorite by calling in your pledge in support of great live jazz and great radio.

10pm The Birth and Glory Days of Jazz Rock Fusion jazz

Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the Eleventh House: The Top Fusion Groups When Fusion Was Cool

Thu Oct 3

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home jazz

“No matter where you roam, any place you hang your hat is home.”  Sandy and Louise will take you on a musical journey to places all around the world to celebrate WTJU’s new studio home.  Hang your hat with us because there’s no place like home!

9am Coming Home: Georgia - The Jazzy Peach jazz

Peachy artists such as Fletcher Henderson, Otis Redding, Joe Williams, Ray Charles, Piano Red, John Hicks, George Adams, Blind Willie McTell, Johnny Mercer, Dixie Dregs, Jimmy Garrison, Hank Mobley, Ma Rainey, Mary Lou Williams, Harry James and Hank Moody.

12pm The Alvin Brothers and The Blues jazz

Phil and Dave Alvin were the creative forces of roots rock band The Blasters, and Dave later went solo as an Americana artist. Their primary influences were in the blues of earlier artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Junior Parker, Jimmy McCracklin (from whose band, The Blues Blasters, they stole their own name) and others from that era. Join us for two hours of The Alvin Brothers' Blues on this special edition of The Cosmic American Jamboree.

2pm The Music and Theory of Roland Wiggins jazz

Dr. Roland Wiggins, influential teacher to jazz legends John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, and many others, has called Charlottesvlle home for many years. He will explore music from some of those artists and delve into his work with them as part of this year's Jazz Marathon. Where else can you get this but WTJU? Call in those pledges at 434-924-3959, or online at wtju.net.

4pm Being Home:  The West Coast Tenors jazz

From historical greats Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Teddy Edwards, Harold Land and Zoot Sims to today's tenor monsters David Murray and Kamasi Washington, California has been home to legendary tenor sax players since the advent of bebop.

7pm Hard Modes LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

The Hard Modes is a sextet based in Charlottesville that plays original jazz arrangements of video game music. The arrangements focus on utilizing modern jazz harmonies, rhythms, and improvisation-- "Uematsu meets Mingus." Their goal is to unearth the natural pairing of jazz and game music, bringing gamers closer to the great original American art form known as jazz, and introducing jazz lovers to the imaginative melodies of game composers.

8pm Texas Born Guitarists jazz

Join Steve Dressel, long time TJU enthusiast and former dj of Nothin' But the Blues, and the Juddermeister as they take you on a musical tour of Texas-born guitarists. We'll sample our favorite jazz and blues guitarists such as T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Charlie Christian, and Albert Collins among others such as Zuzu Bolin, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Anson Funderburgh, Doug Sahm and Oscar Moore. Call in a request for your favorite Texas guitarist and pledge money to your favorite radio station!

10pm Drugs, Sex, and Rhythm & Blues? jazz

When we think of bad habits, we think of Rock & Roll. But the Blues, R&B, and even Jazz have all had songs about questionable behavior. So tune in for some rude times with Lil Johnson, Cab Calloway, Butterbeans & Susie, and more.

Fri Oct 4

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Ei Mano, Beleza jazz

The sounds and love of all things Brazilian, with music of Cville mixed in: Beleza! Dance music and strong rhythms will feature prominently!

9am Coming Home: New Jersey - The Jersey Side jazz

Jazz musicians from the Garden State. New Jersey is fertile ground for a plethora of musicians in all genres of music including rock, folk, punk and hip hop. Before all that began, though, NJ made its mark with a stellar lineup of jazz musicians.

12pm Memphis - Home of Blues, Gospel and SOUL! 1969 and 2019: The Fire Still Burns! jazz

Join the Professor on a time travel through Memphis focusing on fifty years ago (1969) and the solid releases from 2019! The Professor will absolutely present the heart of soul blues and also take requests to keep you right at home! 

2pm Space Is the Place jazz

Join us on a deep space sonic journey...spanning eras both past and reimagined...orbiting themes of alienation and cosmic love...straight to the heart of afrofuturism. 

4pm The Soul of ECM jazz

We will feature artists from early ECM recordings like Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and Chick Corea.

7pm Eugene Martin Band LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

The Eugene Martin Band will feature the leader on keyboards and Leslie Scott-Jones on vocals, performing a mix of original tunes and covers.

8pm The Big Harp: Chromatic Harmonica Blues Masters jazz

The chromatic harmonica combined with amplification has produced many blues classics. Featuring blues harp greats such as Little Walter, George "Harmonica" Smith, Carey Bell, Junior Wells, William Clarke, Rod Piazza, Sugar Blue and more.

10pm The Homefront jazz

It turns out that “home" ranks right up there with love and heartbreak as a prime subject for songwriters, unsurprising given the hours musicians spend on the road. Friday’s special edition of The Kitchen Sink will demonstrate all the ways the subject of home has been addressed in popular music, part of the 2019 Jazz and Blues Marathon on WTJU.

Sat Oct 5

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Country Ladies Sing These Blues  jazz

Early rural blues women of the 20s and 30s. Rarely captured musical gems from Mattie Delaney, Mae Glover, Hattie Hart, Pearl Dickson, Geeshie Wiley, and many more will set your weekend up right.

8am The Nervous Beat: Swinging and Subversive Sounds of Crime Jazz jazz

Inspired by Elmer Bernstein's score for the film "The Man with the Golden Arm," Crime Jazz was a fracture of the big band sound that lived in the soundtracks of TV crime dramas and some specialty, mostly one off projects. The last gasp of Crime Jazz was exhaled by the mid-1960s, and the term itself is a retrospective one, serving to identify a species within a subgenre, Join Uncle Dave Lewis as he walks the Crime Jazz beat, naming suspects such as Creed Taylor and Henry Mancini, and exploring the dark underbelly of the lonely side of town.

10am Thelonious Monk jazz

Has any musician been more influential in the jazz world than Thelonius Monk? Monk’s compositions are more covered and quoted than anyone’s, with new covers out all the time. Steve and Sean will sample some of the master’s own recordings as well as covers of such tunes as Misterioso, Bemsha Swing, Criss-Cross, Epistrophy, and many others. Tune in and show your support for WTJU during this year’s jazz marathon.

12pm Kingston Town: the Home of the Jamaican Recording Industry jazz

Not long after Jamaican "mento" (think, the Jolly Boys) became popular in the 1950s, and home-grown talent was inspired by American R&B... it soon became impractical to ship off acetates to England for pressing and having them sent back again. Federal Records was born (former Prime Minister Edward Seaga's employer)... and, so was Ska. Studio One. Dynamic Sounds. Treasure Isle. Randy's. Harry Js. King Tubby's. Black Ark. Joe Gibbs. Tuff Gong. Jammy's. Music Works. Penthouse, etc. Witness the explosion of sound from that tiny island... that small city... that rolled Chicago, Detroit and Memphis all into one. Support your favorite radio station, while you're at it.

2pm Warp Factor 5: Coming Home jazz

Join Captain Kidd and his interstellar spacecraft crew as we set a course for home. Our jazzy soundtrack for the trip will include an eclectic blend of spiritual, avant-garde, hard bop, and new jazz. Expect everything from Sun Ra to GoGo Penguin. No ballads, no slow stuff, just music for traveling the space ways! It’s going to be the jazziest ride home ever!

4pm Jumpin’ on Jersey jazz

Newark (home to the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and jazz station WGBO) was once a hotbed of jazz clubs and music innovators, including such notables as Count Basie, Woody Shaw and Dizzy Gillespie. Newark was also the birthplace of Sarah Vaughan and Savoy Records. Nearby Englewood was home to Blue Note Records founder, and Plainfield was the birthplace of Bill Evans as well as that of your humble announcer, and Parliament Funkadelic. Join us for music from the Garden State and see what grows there besides corn and tomatoes.

6pm Jazz Musicians and Their Community Ties jazz

Join us on a jazz and blues musical travel journey to discover “Conversations With Us.” Your host Jus Joe is bringing in a local author who toured the entire USA on bicycle and recounted the varied American experience with recorded interviews. Listen to discover where our favorite jazz and blues musicians hail from and their link to their community.

8pm Syncopation Station jazz

The show that focuses on songs with anticipated back beats that keep us yearning for an accent on the one. Syncopation Station praises the drummers who resist the normal "boom chops" in which they are expected to play, and instead choose to explore the unknown. 

10pm Jazz Is More Than America: The Light in London jazz

Jazz is the only true American art form. Or so they say. This show looks across the sea for the torchbearers of today's jazz. In London, a sound has been crafted and a scene formed. Much of the innovation and excitement in jazz today is based in the UK. Jazz can no longer just be American.

Sun Oct 6

12am Local Jazz Overnight jazz

Tune in overnight on WTJU as our 24/7 jazz programming continues with classic recordings by your favorite Charlottesville-based jazz musicians such as John D'earth, Robert Jospe, Charles Owens, Veronica Swift and others. It's all part of the 2019 WTJU Jazz Marathon. And yes, you can even make an online pledge at our secure server by going to www.wtju.net/donate. Thank you for supporting WTJU!

6am Cotton Club: The Harlem Years jazz

Beginning with Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, and Don Redman, up to the race riots of the 30's, the Cotton Club was a space that launched the careers of many budding musicians of color. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Dorothy Dandridge, and Ethel Waters will play starring roles in this show.

8am Power of Prayer jazz

At some time we have all asked the Lord for advice, help or forgiveness. So this marathon, let's hear some our favorite songs about praying. And we can ask once again for the support of our listeners.

10am Remembering Miles… jazz

With the September release of Stanley Nelson, Jr.’s Miles Davis documentary, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” we are inspired to take a reverential listen to the great tunes of Miles and his associates.  From” Birth of the Cool” to New Directions, we’ll cover the music of Miles, and ask for your support… with Aaron, the JazzCzar.

1pm ECM... Enough Said jazz

ECM is an independent record label founded in Munich in 1969. ECM has been at the forefront of contemporary jazz for the past five decades. Dusty will feature the music of Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Charles Lloyd, and many more.

3pm Peace, Love and Radio jazz

Exploring the evolution of jazz music from 1962-1972 featuring the bossa nova and the jazz fusion movements. Artists include Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderly, Walter Wanderley, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Larry Coryell.

5pm Yearning jazz

Miss home, going home, won't you come home, home at last. We've all had that lonesome yearning, that fulfillment. Bring it on home to WTJU with Bill Adams on YEARNING during the 2019 Jazz Marathon Fall Fundraiser.

7pm Dhara Goradia & Quiet Fire LIVE at 2244 Ivy jazz

First call Charlottesville bassist Dhara Goradia (John D'earth band, Wild Common and others) will lead her quartet, Quiet Fire, for this special Jazz Marathon performance. In a variation on her long standing Quiet Fire group, she will have tabla master Loren Oppenheimer and guitarist Eric Knutson with her.

8pm Classic Blues LIVE In-Studio with Andy McLeod jazz

Walkin' Blues DJ Sophie Abramowitz is joined by local musician Andy McLeod, who'll talk, and spin, traditional and classic blues and ragtime, and perform his traditional songs and original experimental compositions live at WTJU's studio. A guitar, fiddle, and banjo player who lives in Staunton, Virginia, and performs often in Charlottesville, McLeod has an intimate knowledge of American traditional music and a tactile and shifting sound.

10pm Jazz Covers Rock, Rock Covers Jazz jazz

"Jazz is strictly for the stay at homes," Buddy Holly once famously sneered. But jazz and rock have long had a co-dependent relationship, and we'll explore the summit meetings that led to Joni Mitchell interpreting Mingus, the Alex Skolnick Trio covering Judas Priest, Herbie Hancock tackling Nirvana, and the Dream Warriors sampling Quincy Jones and Dave Brubeck to make a bombastic hip-hop jazz style. Radio Wowsville's Rick and Don will set the traps for three hours of cross-genre mind meld.