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Playlist: Black History Month

Compiled By: Emma Geddes

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Songs for the Struggle-Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement (episode 1)

From Daniel Polletta | 58:25

Longtime WCPN Cleveland/ideastream jazz programmer Dan Polletta has created "Songs for the Struggle- Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement." This is a two-part musical survey of the work jazz musicians have created that called attention to the struggle for civil rights from the 1920s to the present.

These segmented 58:30 shows are a perfect fit as Black History Month specials. While the programs can stand alone, they are better presented as a package to provide a more comprehensive listening experience. They could be run back to back or over consecutive days or weeks.

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"Songs for the Struggle-Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement" takes a deep dive into the stories behind music jazz musicians have recorded that have called attention to the fight for Civil Rights.  

Hour one opens with Louis Armstrong's recording of "Black and Blue," including the story of how a gangster caused the song to be written. We examine the special orders that the owner of Cafe Society made each evening before  Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" to accord the singer and the song the respect it was due. Charles Mingus satirizes racist Governor Orville Faubus with his "Original Faubus Fables" and we hear  trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's "The Core" which was his salute to the Congress of Racial Equality, recorded in 1964.   

The segmented show is 58:30 The program has a billboard. 

There is a 5 minute opitional music bed to fill news hole

There are three segments with floating breaks for first and second segments. Each of those segments has a separate music bed for optional use

The shows can stand alone. but would be better presented as a package to provide a more comprehensive listening experience.  They could run back to back, or on consecutive days or weeks.  They would be ideal as Black History Month specials

the show has a promo with space for a tag.  The promo for show 2 could be added at the end of show 1 as a tease for the second episode.

Songs for the Struggle-Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement (episode 2)

From Daniel Polletta | 58:25

Longtime WCPN Cleveland/ideastream jazz programmer Dan Polletta has created "Songs for the Struggle- Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement." This is a two-part musical survey of the work jazz musicians have created that called attention to the struggle for civil rights from the 1920s to the present.

These segmented 58:30 shows are a perfect fit as Black History Month specials. While the shows can stand alone, they are better presented as a package to provide a more comprehensive listening experience. They could be run back to back or over consecutive days or weeks.

Songs_for_the_struggle_small

"Songs for the Struggle-Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement" takes a deep dive into the stories behind music jazz musicians have recorded that have called attention to the fight for Civil Rights.  

Episode two picks up John Coltrane's epic recording "Alabama and examines the story of what prompted the saxophonist to record it. We also look at how the movement began to expand its' scope to include opposition to the Vietnam War with Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues" as well 1968's "Poor People's March," by tenor saxophonist Harold Land, which acknowledged Dr. King's final initiative...plus more contemporary recordings from singers Cassandra Wilson and Jazzmeia Horn

   The segmented show is 58:30 The program has a billboard. 


There is a 5 minute opitional music bed to fill news hole

There are three segments with floating breaks for first and second segments. Each of those segments has a separate music bed for optional use

The shows could run back to back, or on consecutive days or weeks.  They would be ideal as Black History Month specials

The show has a promo with space for a tag.