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Saturday Night Function, the name of an early Duke Ellington tune, is a locally created and produced KWMR music program featuring a rich and nourishing gumbo of the blues, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, zydeco, reggae, funk and contemporary dance music.
 
KWMR volunteer programmer soul brothers Marc Matheson and Mark Potts created the show, and Jeffry Wilkinson now co-hosts with Marc a classic juke joint atmosphere for late Saturday nights from 10 pm to midnight every week.

Juke (or jook) joints were informal establishments operated by African Americans in the rural South that offered a safe and hospitable place for music, dancing, food and drink, and gambling. Mos' definitely not sanctified by the church establishment, juke joints served as community centers and night clubs for hard working country folk. Well known jazz bands as well as up and coming stars of jazz and blues performed at juke joints throughout the Southern United States.

The term "juke" is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly. A juke joint is also known a "barrelhouse."

Although gambling, collard greens and alcohol aren't served at Saturday Night Function, discerning listeners may find themselves kicking off their shoes and grooving to our considered and elegantly sophisticated assortment of mellow, lively, funky and hoppin' tunes.

So stick around after Rick's Jazz Café or Greg's Groove for the Saturday Night Function after party. You won't regret it, and you may well want to return - you're always welcome!

Saturday Night Function airs live every Saturday night at 10:00, for two hours. Archived recordings of the show are available for sharing within a few hours. (Scroll down for the archives, which are posted for a week to ten days only.)


Listen live to the program at www.kwmr.org!

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Jitterbugs (II) circa 1941 by African American painter William Henry Johnson (1901-1970) courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum. Click here to learn about the artist.

For more on jook joints, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juke_joint.

 

Upcoming Broadcasts:
Saturday, August 2 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday, August 9 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday, August 16 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday, August 23 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday, August 30 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Saturday Night Function (2013-08-11) posted Sun Aug 11 00:30:03 2013

Every week, from 10pm to midnight, "Saturday Night Function" brings the best of late night cool and funky jazz, the blues, soul, Motown, rhythm & blues, and more to the radio and Internet airwaves.

This week, co-host and program creator Marc Matheson celebrates the musical legacy of his mother, Nancy May Nalle, born on this date 87 years ago. It was Marc's mom who gifted him a love of music, including jazz, bossa nova and much more, and who introduced him to the musical traditions of African America.

 


Saturday Night Function (2013-07-28) posted Sun Jul 28 00:30:05 2013

"Saturday Night Function", the name of an early Duke Ellington tune, is a locally created and produced KWMR music program featuring a rich and nourishing gumbo of the blues, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, zydeco, reggae, funk and contemporary dance music.

KWMR volunteer programmer soul brothers Marc Matheson and Mark Potts created the show, and Jeffry Wilkinson now co-hosts with Marc a classic juke joint atmosphere for late Saturday nights from 10 pm to midnight every week.