Black History Month Specials Thursday, February 28

KFAI will honor the end of Black History Month with a collection of documentaries and artist profiles on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 between 9am and 6pm. Tune in for explorations of the lives and works of Sun Ra, Billie Holliday, Max Roach, Bessie Smith, James Brown, and others.

Program Schedule for Thursday, February 28, 2008 (9am-6pm)
(Note: Regular Thursday programming will return Thursday, March 6th)

BillieBillie Holiday 9am: Jazz Profiles: Billie Holiday
Few song-stylists of any era are as immediately distinctive and arresting as Lady Day. Her rhythmic instinct for melodies brought vocals to the forefront of jazz expression. This one-hour special tells Holiday’s story through music and interviews.

10am: Dakota Dave Hull Black History Special
KFAI DJ Dakota Dave Hull brings together a collection of early blues and jazz recordings, including the first ever interracial recordings made in America. Hull will explore, through music, how American music as we know it grew out of musicians, black and white, influencing each other.

W.E.B.W.E.B. Du Bois 11am: What’s The Word: W. E. B. Du Bois
An exploration of the life, work, and lasting influence of African American teacher, author, and activist W. E. B. Du Bois.

11:30am: What’s The Word: The Blues as Literature
The music that we call the blues emerged in the south in the early twentieth century. An expression of African American experience, the blues touched on everyday hardships and realities. On this special, Houston Baker, Jr. talks about the songs of Charlie Patton and the work of novelist Richard Wright, Robert Cantwell shares his vision of the blues as poetry in the lyrics of Robert Johnson, and Angela Y. Davis talks about the 1920s recordings of classic blues women Gertrude Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.

Noon: Democracy Now

FindingFinding Solid Ground in New Orleans 1pm: Finding Solid Ground
Finding Solid Ground is a one-hour documentary that examines residents' sense of security in New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf Coast, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. From public housing to Uptown mansions, city music clubs to rural fishing docks, this special covers a range of perspectives. As Louisianans continue to piece and patch together solutions to social, environmental, and economic crises, Finding Solid Ground is an audio snapshot that aims to answer the question: What's it like down there now?

SunSun Ra on the Cover of Rolling Stone 2pm: Jazz Profiles: Sun Ra
He was an avatar of free improvisation and the first to bring electronics and synthesizers into jazz. But he was also a pianist for the Fletcher Henderson big band. This show is about Sun Ra's Cosmic Swing.

3pm: Max Roach – Drums Unlimited
A tribute to the late Max Roach. In this hour-long special Max Roach tells his story with frankness and a characteristic sharp wit, supported by special guests including Dizzy Gillespie, and noted drummers Paul Motion and Art Taylor.

4pm: Sly and the Family Stone: Family Affair
A one-hour radio documentary about Sly & the Family Stone, their music, their turbulent history, and the indelible marks they left behind.

JamesJames Brown 5pm: James Brown, Bluesman
The Godfather Of Soul, the late James Brown, will always be remembered for the funk music he developed more than for his blues. But Brown brought his unique spirit and talent to the blues genre and to jazz, even if the recordings were deep cuts on albums or unissued until many years after he made them. This special features some of those deep tracks, including his versions of songs from the repertoire of his greatest influence, Louis Jordan-- as well as his haunting King Heroin and other affecting performances not at the top of the James Brown catalog of hits.