[78-L] Centennial? Yes, a centennial.

Rodger Holtin rjh334578 at gmail.com.invalid
Thu Feb 16 20:02:51 PST 2017

Well, somebody else is celebrating:


"On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz
recording. Over the next 100 years, the music of jazz has brought forth
transcendent leaps of creativity and staggering virtuosity. To celebrate
this anniversary, WTJU is telling that story in its radio series - Jazz at
Jazz at 100 is the story of one hundred years of jazz recordings in 100
one-hour programs that will represent music from the century of recorded
jazz history.
"Listeners have experienced the music of crushing pain, breathless romance,
anger, exhilaration and humor," said Rus Perry, host and producer of WTJU's
Jazz at 100. "The series will explore the broad sweep of that narrative, its
players, its durable movements and dead ends, and its popular recordings and

Jazz at 100 will kick off with a special two-hour broadcast on this year's
anniversary of the first jazz recording - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:00
AM - 12:00 PM on WTJU. Then each week, Jazz at 100 will air on Fridays from
9:00-10:00 AM.
More information is online at wtju.net/jazz100. Each week's episode will be
posted there as the series progresses.
WTJU will also be syndicating Jazz at 100 through the Public Radio Exchange,
Drawing on the perspective of current Virginia musicians and scholars and
funded, in part, by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities,
Jazz at 100 takes advantage of the extensive music collection accumulated
over sixty years of broadcasting at WTJU. The work of University of Virginia
professor Scott DeVeaux, especially his history, Jazz, written in 2009 with
critic Gary Giddens, has been a singular inspiration for this effort.
The programs will follow a thematic path structured chronologically to
present listeners with context to follow the evolution of the music.  Social
challenges, technological advances, and international affairs all impact
this truly American story.

The host, Russell Perry, a retired architect and contributor to WTJU over
the past 45 years, brings a fan's appreciation to the music, seeking to
create a soundtrack to illustrate the many available jazz histories and
musical biographies. He will pair pieces of this scholarship with the music
that inspired them to enrich the understanding of this fascinating
Programs will present themes like the antecedents of jazz and the first
recordings in 1917, the diaspora of New Orleans jazz musicians in the 1920s,
the birth and proliferation of big bands in the 1930s, war scarcities and
strikes that created the context for the rise of Bebop in the 1940s, the
divergence of Hard Bop, Cool and Mainstream in the 1950s, the politics of
Free Jazz in the 1960s, the popularization of Fusion in the 1970s and
Mainstream Revival in the 1980s.
WTJU-FM is the University of Virginia's non-commercial community radio
station. For sixty years, WTJU has presented original, rich, and diverse
programming of music and other forms of expression free from the direct
constraints of commercial interests, reflecting the broadest educational
goals of the University. WTJU airs 36 hours per week of jazz & blues
programming on 91.1 FM in the Charlottesville area, 102.9 FM in the Richmond
area, and worldwide at WTJU.net."

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[mailto:78-l-bounces at klickitat.78online.com] On Behalf Of Andrew Homzy
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:13 PM
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Subject: Re: [78-L] Centennial?

While there is argument in favour of Sweatman, many consider his music to be

Is Sweatman recognized by any defining jazz history books (Martin Williams,
Berendt, Morgenstern, Porter, Gridley, Goia) or anthologies - such as the

The music of the ODJB is still part of the jazz repertoire - never was with


> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017, at 3:40 PM, Julian Vein
<julianvein at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> I thought it had been established that Wilbur Sweatman's "Down Home 
> Rag", recorded for Emerson in December 1916 was the first "jazz"
>      Julian Vein
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