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Langston Hughes Project at VCU

Langston Hughes published the 800-line poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” in 1961. One of his most ambitious works, the poem touches on so many different things that it’s very hard to describe in a few sentences. In large part, it’s a meditation on the struggle for freedom in the U.S. and elsewhere in the early sixties. It references major figures in the American civil rights movement and the leaders of African nations that were gaining independence at the time.

Doug Richards Releases Long Awaited Recording "It's All in the GAME"

It’s taken fifteen years for the 2001 recording “It’s All in the GAME” featuring Doug Richards and The Great American Music Ensemble (aka GAME) to finally see the light of day. Doug Richards founded VCU’s Jazz department. He’s a world renowned Ellington scholar, he’s an accomplished educato,r and his arrangements for big band are unique and masterful. Legendary critic Martin Williams called him “the most original writer for big band since Gil Evans.”

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.

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