Tune into Radio Free Athens July 30 for Excursions with Dr. Art Cromwell and more

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Radio Free Athens (RFA) is broadcast Saturdays on WOUB 1340 AM and allows community volunteers and Ohio University students to present music and interview content through a format-free, host-driven program. Find the schedule and details about Saturday’s programs below. Listen to 1340 AM at this link.

A graphic to display the schedule for the Radio Free Athens program this week. The names of the DJs are against the image of an old time radio.

SCHEDULE: July 30, 2022

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. R@T
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. DJ pLOWOHIO
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Michael T.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Jazz Motifs w/Dr. Art Cromwell

Excursions: Jazz Motifs w/Art Cromwell

Saturday’s “Excursions” will commemorate the birthday of alto saxophonist/flutist James Spaulding through an archival interview conducted with James, as he traces his creative life through an auto-discographic
discussion with the artist.

A photograph of jazz musician James Spaulding. He is playing a saxophone.

Born in Indianapolis, James grew up in a vibrant Jazz community that included noted artists such as trombonists JJ Johnson/Slide Hampton/David Baker, the Montgomery brothers (Wes, Buddy and Monk), tenor saxophonist David Young, bassist Larry Ridley, trumpeters Virgil Jones and Freddie Hubbard.

After a sojourn in Chicago James moved to New York where his almost ubiquitous presence on 30 Bluenote recordings, and a member of groups led by Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Randy Weston, the Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington. For 12 years James was a member of David Murray’s Octet and Big Band.

As a leader, James Spaulding managed to record a succession of well received records in which his fiery alto stylings embrace and extend the legacy of hard bop.