CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (8/18/12) – Murray State's NPR Station, 91.3 WKMS-FM announces a new series, The Swing Era, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Dr. Todd Hill, Director of Jazz Ensembles with the Department of Music at Murray State, presents the 16 part series during the first hour of his weekly Café Jazz program. The Swing Era begins Tuesday, August 21.
The Swing Era is presented in conjunction with Murray State University’s Department of Music Special Topics Course: The Swing Era (MUS 530) for the fall semester 2012, following Gunther Schuller’s book of the same name. The show opens with the bands of the 1920’s including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman, and features the popular groups of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and less well known bands – concluding with the progressive jazz groups of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Boyd Raeburn and others. In all, great music from 58 of the most outstanding big bands will be represented during the one hour programs of the 16 week series.
Dr. Hill says, “This music is a particular passion for me. The clarity of many of the recordings is quite startling. They could record bands very well back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, but the media on which the recordings were issued didn’t sound so great!” He adds, “I think there’s something here that everybody will enjoy, because of the stories, the history, and the music itself. Putting this together has really been a labor of love.”
The opening program of the series airs Tuesday, August 21. Dr. Hill says, “It’s appropriate that Count Basie’s Birthday will be the first night we air the new series. Listen for a special ‘Basie Birthday Bash’ for the rest of Café Jazz that evening.”
In addition to directing jazz ensembles, Dr. Hill also teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba, directs the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, assists with the Racer Band and is the Director of the new MSU Town & Gown Community Band. For many years, he has led his own professional jazz groups throughout the region.
WKMS broadcasts to about 20,000 listeners weekly in western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois and northwestern Tennessee. The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, Tenn., and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org, where weekly schedules of shows are available.
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