WUMB September Program Guide

1927: It’s Not Just For Grandma And Grandpa Anymore!

Hi, hope you’re doing well.

With a lot of at home time going on, I’ve found myself diving back into some interests that I’ve let slip for a few years. One of those is my interest in jazz. I still feel like I know woefully too little about it; its origins, its personalities, and its timeline. So I’ve been doing what any pandemic-bound, public broadcasting-loving American would do: I’m revisiting Ken Burns’ 2001 PBS docuseries Jazz. (Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, and slow pans of black & white photos of a bygone era. What more could you want?)

Watching this docuseries (and Burns’ Baseball, and Country Music series) has brought home a salient point for me. 1927 was an incredible year in American culture. From Louis Jordan’s recordings with his Hot Seven band, to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, to the New York Yankees’ Murder’s Row lineup of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (and Ruth’s home run record), to the Bristol sessions of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers that effectively created country music, 1927 seems to me to be unmatched in our modern history.

To explore that more fully I’ll devote an hour of music on the Morning Show to the importance of the year 1927 on Friday, October 2 at 9 AM. We’ll feature monumental recordings, influential artists born, and songs that tell stories from the year that has shaped our culture so profoundly.

1927. It’s not just for grandma and grandpa anymore!

~ Brendan

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