Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Revisited Lives

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Revisited Lives

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On October 6, 1967, Duke Ellington's What Am I Here For introduced Hazen Schumacher's Jazz Revisited for the first time, on the University of Michigan FM station, WUOM. A few years later, the program went national. As many of you may remember, each program was an informative narrative connecting six related recordings. Sometimes the topic was an artist, sometimes a year, sometimes a unique theme conceived by the presenter. Sourced records were all 78 rpm (at least as originally issued), since the program was strictly limited to the period through 1947. The official reason for the time limit was that the period before the LP was a specific era in jazz history. Another explanation may have been that the original 'catalog' for the WUOM record collection was a marked-up copy of the Charles Delaunay discography, which ends in that year. The program's inspiration was the collection.

In the early 1960s, collector Phil Diamond donated a thousand 78 rpm jazz records to the university station. When Ed Burrows, then the station manager, realized that no one on the classically oriented staff was qualified to play this material on the air, he asked Hazen Schumacher, the university's Director of Broadcasting, for help. Jazz buff Hazen volunteered some on-air service to the station and the rest is, as they say, history. When National Public Radio was established in the early 1970's, Jazz Revisited went national on the network, at its peak, carried by about 150 stations.

In 1996, a new station manager elected to replace the classical, jazz, and Broadway station format with an all-talk one. …

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