Bill, I recall in the 1960s Karl Hass doing classic music commentary on WJR from Detroit. It was wonderfully done, and I can still remember his theme music, the second movement from one of the Beethoven symphonies. We would plan our evenings around it, (or was it Saturdays?) as we used to do with Prairie Home Companion.
You are a most worthy successor. The just-completed two weeks devoted to the wide range of black music was splendid. I am sure it represented an enormous amount of work by you and your staff. Thank you.
Bill Long Madison, Wisconsin
By the way, I lived in Toledo until the mid 60s and was well aware of Art Tatum. What a talent!
Posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 - 08:54 am:
The final show in this series played last night, and I for one am sad. Not only was this exploration bold and deep, but also way too short. Thank you for making it OK to consider Jazz in such a appreciative manner. Another series delving even more into such greats as the Byrd, Coltrane, Davis, Ellington would resonate strongly. But the selections that were made on the last in the series were as near perfection as possible. (for me) Thank youf ro all your shows, but this one was one of my absolute favorites.
Judith Johnson Unregistered guest
Posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 - 07:01 am:
Thank you for this series. It is so interesting! Please continue to broadcast this type of material.
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 - 10:19 pm:
This has been a great series. Might there be a series contrasting, comparing classical and jazz? I would hope my local station would support the diversity of music.
Val Rogers Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:12 am:
I echo Ruth. Please add orchestral and band compositions by African-Americans into your regular rotation. When I hear this music, I hear America! The show on the blues was very informative too. Thanks!
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 - 08:30 pm:
Thanks for playing Joe Hill. I did not hear you mention the music by Earl Robinson, a Seayyle composer who wrote such songs as the House I Live In and Ballad for Ameericans. My late wife Pat Travis, Pittsburgh folk singer, was a friend of Earl's in his last years.
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 09:01 pm:
This was a great show, with so much good music we never hear! I would like to hear these pieces mixed into the usual fare in the Classical line-ups during the day. The jazzy and bluesy bits were great.