JAZZ CHATS WITH COOL CATS
The State of Jazz And Jazz Radio
Thursday, January 21 @ 5:30 PM EST
Originally scheduled for January 14
Drummer and host, Pete Siers, leads a conversation with area jazz radio host personalities for a passionate conversation about all things jazz! January guests include:
- Dr. George Klein: jazz aficionado, former host of WEMU’s The Groove Yard
- Jessica Webster: WEMU jazz host of The In Crowd, former jazz buyer for Borders Books
- Linda Yohn: WRCJ host of Swing Set, former WEMU Programing Director
George Klein grew up in Philadelphia, attended San Diego State College and the University of Oregon, and taught English and humanities at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and Wayne State University in Detroit. All the while he was listening to jazz and collecting records.
George’s entry point into jazz was at the peak of the LP era in the late 50′s and early 60′s, especially with independent labels such as Blue Note, Prestige, Atlantic, Riverside, Savoy and Pacific Jazz. The first jazz radio to get his attention was WHAT-FM in Philly.
To balance his academic life, George joined WEMU in 1982 and hosted several different programs in addition to live broadcasts of the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival and other music events in southeast Michigan. By the mid-80′s he moved to an administrative position at Eastern Michigan as director of the Study Abroad office, but he remained committed to jazz radio.
For 25 years—from 1989 until he left WEMU in 2014—George was the volunteer host of The Groove Yard, a program focusing on early modern jazz of the 1950s & 60s.