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Black History Month: Part Three -- From Ragtime to Post-Bop & Cool jazz with BILLY FOSTER

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 16, 2016 

GUEST:  BILLY FOSTER -- Jazz Musician & Jazz Educator

Topic: “The Evolution of Jazz: Ragtime to Post-Bop & Cool Jazz “


February is Black History Month and in respect to that, each February installment of the weekly program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” has been part of a month-long series with guest co-hosts and live performers spotlighting the evolution of Black Music in America.

Co-hosting TONIGHT‘s segment — “JAZZ: From Ragtime to Post-Bop & Cool Jazz” — is BILLY FOSTER — a respected pianist, composer, educator, radio show host and producer.  Over the past 35 years, Mr. Foster has performed across the U.S.   He has written and produced recordings with his own groups as well as with the Valparaiso University Jazz Faculty Trio, and he is the producer/host of the local radio program, “Billy Foster Jazz Zone” (on WGVE/88.7FM in Gary).

Louis Armstrong, Duke EllingtonMiles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others will be part of the conversation as host Tom Lounges and Mr. Foster discuss some of the real movers and shakers of Jazz and how some of the various sub-genres came to be, with musical selections from some of these great artists and other played to illustrate.

Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.