Nailed down to the floor, set in stone, immutable and inevitable, now it can be told: RADIOLA! returns to WHCL-FM 88.7 this Friday at 8 PM ET with a celebration of New Orleans Jazz.
I started Radiola! this summer with the intention of presenting a tangy miscellany of 20s and 30s jazz and popular music, with some ventures into early Calypso, the British Music Hall, and a few recordings that don't easily fit into any category. My objective is to keep the proceedings light and fun--the music shimmers with levity and wit and beats with the pulse of life. Radiola is a spirit medium for the raucous ghosts of voices from more than 70 years ago, communicating back to us the joy of being alive.
No city lived more fully than New Orleans. Throughout its history there was a sense of the sweetness and precariousness of life. The music reflected this deep joy, made all the deeper through its awareness that nothing is permanent. This is the spirit I hope to convey on this Friday's program, with recordings by Oscar Papa Celestin, The Halfway House Orchestra, The New Orleans Owls, Sam Morgan's Jazz Band, Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight, Joseph Robichaux's New Orleans Rhythm Boys, and many others.
So, to summarize--Radiola! this Friday (September 9) at 8 PM ET on WHCL-FM 88.7 and http://www.whcl.org.