AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
October 10th marks the 97th birthday of Thelonius Monk. His music will be heard in an all-day marathon broadcast on WKCR.org (WKCR 89.9 FM New York)
WKCR is not an ordinary radio station. On October 10, 1941, KCR began its initial broadcast playing Gene Krupa's, "Swing is Here" featuring Roy Eldridge, Chu Berry, Benny Goodman, Jess Stacy, Allan Reuss, Israel Crosby & Gene Krupa. During KCR's first year, Monk was broadcast, through a remote pickup, "live" from Minton's Playhouse.....three years before his initial studio recordings! These historic recordings will be played, as always, during his birthday broadcast, Oct. 10th.
WKCR's commitment to jazz music continues and its connection to Pittsburgh jazz remains paramount.
After the death of Roy Eldridge's daughter Carol, the entire contents of the Eldridge household, including Roy's collection and memorabilia, were placed in a dumpster outside the Eldridge home. The revelation left the jazz community in numb disbelief, knowing that what was now in a landfill, contained jazz artifacts of incomparable artistic genius. Nothing could be done. The die was cast and that was the end of the story.
Fast forward to 2012: During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, jazz educator and historian Phil Schaap, received a phone call indicating a distraught collector, who had known of Roy, the dumpster and its eventual destination, had gone dumpster-diving, retrieved the contents and transported them to his basement. A sigh of relief is unfortunately premature as Sandy's wrath devastated his house, his basement and Roy's collection, including invaluable acetates, which were now sitting underwater.
Director of WKCR Ben Young, along with several student-interns, headed immediately to the Far Rockaways and filling two vans, retrieved the collection. Under the supervision and expertise of Phil and Ben, what was salvageable was meticulously restored. On Roy's 2013 Birthday Broadcast, jazz aficionados and fans worldwide were giddy with excitement at hearing a previously unknown recording of Roy's masterpiece, "After You've Gone"!
Pittsburgh Jazz Lives! Little Jazz Lives!
WKCR is worthy of your attention.