The Big Bands celebrates the Swing Era of the 30s and 40s every week, as well as the wealth of post-World War II and modern big-band jazz birthed to us by this grand American musical tradition.
You'll hear all the greats—Basie, Ellington, Miller and more-as well as forgotten chart giants of yesteryear, such as Kay Kyser and unsung leaders like Sam Donahue and Boyd Raeburn. The joy and vitality of swing is timeless, whether you're looking to tap your toes, do the Lindy-Hop, or just swoon to a romantic strain. The Big Bands is there for you every Friday night at 9pm on WFIU.
Joe Bourne is producer/host of The Big Bands. He began his career in public radio some 30 years ago (before NPR!), while a Sociology student at Bellarmine University. Two years at the Louisville School of Art intensified his interest in the visual arts, but it was music that won out when he returned to radio, hosting classical programs and establishing the first jazz programming at WFPL in Louisville. Commercial stints would follow at WAVE and WAKY.
Joe is now in his 25th year as jazz director & host at WFIU, where his goal has been "to bring to listeners my love for an art form with a fascinating history…When you listen to the music I play, you’ll also get to know the musicians."