You dont have to be a jazz
aficionado to appreciate the significance of Duke Ellingtons contributions to 20th
century music. His remarkable compositions, the poly-ethnic blending of styles, his
pioneering techniques as bandleader and orchestrator, his charming demeanorthese are
but a few of the innovations employed by the Duke which impacted musicians in all genres,
around the globe. Were all familiar with "It Dont Mean a Thing (If It
Aint 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 29,1999the centennial of his birth--to the
memory of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Weve 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
Petkes Evening Classics program is sure to include works written in a Western
European "classical" style by Mr. Ellington. Tom Bowmans "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