Sunday Night Swing - Sundays 9pm-11pm
People who hear me on the radio are often surprised to learn that I'm an English teacher (though I do also teach an introductory course in jazz history). I have been teaching for over twenty years at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. I also do summer seminars on jazz and American popular music at the Chautauqua Institute.
Musically, I am a product of my father's enthusiasms. Dad fell in love with jazz in high school. For years, he was a small town barber who amassed a big time record collection. He played records all the time, and I soaked them up--though I didn't realize I was doing so.
A few bands were still on the road back then, and dad took us to see any band that came within a hundred mile radius. We saw Count Basie, Harry James, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and Bob Crosby. In 1966, Dad took us to see the Duke Ellington Orchestra in a small high school gymnasium in Casey, Illinois. I was impressed. I decided right then to become jazz saxophonist and play just like Johnny Hodges. Sadly, a lack of talent and imagination drove me to the less glamorous but more stable profession of teaching.
Sunday Night Jazz reflects my musical interests and knowledge. The core is mainstream with an emphasis on musical history and swing. At times we drift toward traditional jazz with some Dixieland. At other times we dip into classic pop with the likes of Sinatra, Nat Cole and Bing Crosby.
There are always big doses of the big bands and a variety of creative soloists.
Thanks for listening.