May 25: jazz?

An exploration into jazz and categorization.

Some of the music you’ll hear is not classified as jazz in WCBN’s music library, but I propose that it could be considered jazz.

Some of the music played during this show is filed on the jazz shelves in our library, but I might argue that it doesn’t necessarily belong there.

This installment of Break Your Radio asks you to ask yourself, What is the fundamental nature of jazz? For two hours, I play records and the devil’s advocate about defining jazz, and, by implication, defining anything at all. How useful are definitions and classifications?

This show contains a two-way larry featuring Billie Holiday! Along with the first and last part of the story “Rumpelstiltskin”. The moral of “Rumpelstiltskin”? That naming something equates to killing it.

“Whoever names me destroys me, you know!”

(2 hours)
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