Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:08 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Join us for the forthcoming presentation of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm Central on Saturday the 16th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also offer, as is our happy custom, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 17th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

Each week, our program spins modern jazz, both recent and classic, from Basie and Brubeck to Chet and Corea, from Metheny and Mingus to Ella and Escoffery. Also, the second half of our two-hour program always carries a "theme."

This time around, in honor of the 70th anniversary of "Oklahoma!" --- that landmark American musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1943 and ran for a then-unprecedented 2,212 performances --- our theme will be the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Of course, "Oklahoma!" was later, in the mid-1950s, converted into a very successful and popular motion picture; see imagery herewith. And around these here parts --- meaning, in the Sooner State --- the music of this show, whether it's been absorbed from stage or screen, is pretty much part of the soundtrack to life itself. Thus, on our forthcoming R&H edition of ATJ, we'll hear jazz takes on such classic "Oklahoma!" themes as "People Will Say We're in Love" and "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top."

We'll also hear other jazz-tune masterpieces from this most beloved of musical-theater writing teams, from their other shows, including "Shall We Dance?" and "My Favorite Things."

Tune in, y'all.

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