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WWUH Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's Birth: "Blutopia," a Day-long Salute,
Airs April 29th, 1999

    You don’t have to be a jazz aficionado to appreciate the significance of Duke Ellington’s contributions to 20th century music. His remarkable compositions, the poly-ethnic blending of styles, his pioneering techniques as bandleader and orchestrator, his charming demeanor—these are but a few of the innovations employed by the Duke which impacted musicians in all genres, around the globe. We’re all familiar with "It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing) and "Sophisticated Lady", but these standards only hint at his overall importance to contemporary music.
    WWUH has decided to pay homage to this musical genius by devoting our entire broadcast day on Thursday, April 29,1999—the centennial of his birth--to the memory of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. We’ve chosen to call our tribute Blutopia, after a 1944 Ellington suite for jazz orchestra. To demonstrate the scope of his influence, and the diversity of our programming, we will maintain our regular format, albeit with ample tips of the musical hat to the maestro. For instance, Steve Petke’s Evening Classics program is sure to include works written in a Western European "classical" style by Mr. Ellington. Tom Bowman’s "Mostly Bluegrass" will undoubtedly feature a rousing flat-picked rendition of "Take the A Train" and other classics. We also hope to feature archive interviews with our honoree as well as alumni of his ensembles.
    Please join us at 91.3 FM on April 29th for Blutopia, our special salute to the musical legacy of Duke Ellington!

Copyright©WWUH: March/April Program Guide, 1999

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