October 6, 2010 — America's classical music – jazz – will be in the spotlight as WTJU kicks off its fall 2010 fundraiser, "Jazz-tober," on Oct. 11. The station, at 91.1 FM, is a service of the University of Virginia.
The jazz marathon, which runs through Oct. 17, signals a return to WTJU's tradition of single-genre fundraising, allowing a week-long focus on one of the station's four music genres: jazz, classical, folk and rock.
WTJU receives support from the University, underwriters and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but listener support is also critical.
"Many listeners and supporters told us this summer that they value WTJU's eclectic nature and variety of music," jazz and blues director David Eisenman said. "This is a chance for the community to help ensure that WTJU retains its unique character."
DJs are planning such shows as "Jazz Goes to the Movies," "The Music of Johnny Mercer," "Ella Fitzgerald," "Funky Drummers" and "Birth of the Blues." For the complete schedule, click here.
Live music sets will be broadcast at 7 nightly. Among the visitors to the station's live-performance studio will be the Greg Howard UpTet on Monday, clarinetist Dave Kannensohn and his trio on Tuesday, Rick Olivarez and his gypsy jazz trio on Wednesday, Adam Larrabee on Thursday and Acoustic Blues Summit on Saturday.
Coinciding with the jazz marathon, WTJU is helping to bring world-renowned jazz bassist and composer William Parker to Charlottesville for a three-day residency. Parker will be a special guest on the jazz bass program hosted by Michael Shelton on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The goal is $40,000 and 150 new supporters. "Listeners' financial support is essential to keeping WTJU on the air and playing the jazz and blues diversity not often found on the airwaves these days," Eisenman said.
Listeners can support the station by calling 434-924-3959 or by visiting the secure donation page here. Among the premiums are the 40th Anniversary Columbia Legacy box set of the famous 1970 release "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis and a 100 percent cotton navy-blue, long-sleeved shirt with the WTJU logo.