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Belle Isle's Civil War Prison

Today, Belle Isle is one of the most popular destination in Richmond for mountain biking, rock climbing and enjoying the river. For more than a century, the island was a sprawling industrial site, but Belle Isle is significant for much more than just commerce and recreation. During the Civil War, it was the location of a Confederate military prison where thousands of Union soldiers suffered and struggled to survive. 88.9 WCVE’s Peter Solomon spoke to John Coski, Historian at the American Civil War Museum.

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Charles Owens Trio Visits WCVE's Studios Part 2

Saxophonist Charles Owens is releasing a new recording on the Richmond label Jellowstone Records. The Album is called “A Day with Us” and features drummer Devonne Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo. I invited Charles to come to our studios to perform some of the music off of his new recording. They perform Frank Loesser’s “Slow Boat to China,” an original called “Dutch,” Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” and the Ellington/Tizol classic, “Caravan.”

Charles Owens Trio Visits WCVE Studios Part 3

Saxophonist Charles Owens is releasing a new recording on the Richmond label Jellowstone Records. The Album is called “A Day with Us” and features drummer Devonne Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo. I invited Charles to come to our studios to perform some of the music off of his new recording. They perform Frank Loesser’s “Slow Boat to China,” an original called “Dutch,” Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” and the Ellington/Tizol classic, “Caravan.”

Richmond Jazz Artist Lucy Kilpatrick Releases Debut CD

Lucy Kilpatrick is a Richmond-based piano player who divides her time between working as a kindergarten teaching assistant, teaching private piano students and working in all kinds of different freelance engagements from nightclubs to churches. A solid piano player with a quiet and humble personality, Lucy is the opposite of the ambitious self-promotional musician who releases albums as soon as he or she is out of school. She waited to until she really  had something to say before she released her own recording.

Richmond Folk Festival Feature: Quatro Na Bossa

The Richmond-based Braxzillian Ensemble Quatro Na Bossa has appearred on WCVE’s Jazz program several times over the years and it’s always a blast to have them live in the studio. The members of the group include guitarist Kevin Harding, singer Laura Ann Singh, percussionist Andy Brockman and bassist Rusty Farmer.

In this segment that originally aired in July of 2012, you’ll hear music of Joao Donato, Joao Gilberto, Carlos Lyra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

2015 Richmond Folk Festival Feature: Virginia Folklife Area Part 1

For ten years the Virginia Folklife area has celebrated Virginia tradition bearers - craftsmen that specialize in building instruments and furniture and musicians that keep alive gospel, bluegrass and old-time music.

This year, instead of focusing on the preservation of folk traditions, the Virginia Folklife area will celebrate the youth that have embraced those tradition and made them their own. 88.9 WCVE producer Peter Solomon has more.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Play Richmond September 8th

For more than thirty years, Toronto-based saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett has been studying, teaching and performing with Cuban musicians. She’s collaporated with both established legendary performers and young up-and-coming musicians. Her current band features fuve brilliant female Cuban musicians: Dayme Arocena, Magdelys Sevigne, Yissy Garcia, Danae Olano and Celia Jimenez.

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