The Saturday Night Fish Fry with Neal Murray

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  • Big Band
  • Jazz
  • Swing

Just what is The Saturday Night Fish Fry, anyway? For one thing, it’s the title of a 1949 recording by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five; the short answer is that it’s the story of a New Orleans jam session that gets out of control. In order to appreciate it fully, ya just gotta hear it!

Here we present re-broadcasts of Neal Murray’s classic radio show from WHRV in southern Virginia.

The “big bands” have always been with us, but during the 1930s and 1940s they virtually owned popular music. The Swing Era, in particular defined American popular music from about 1935 to 1945. This program presents highlights throughout this era, but ranges further afield to include singers, bands and musicians as they evolve from their swing roots into some of the most popular music stars in the world – people like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and more. We also reach back into the 1920s to explore the beginnings of the Jazz Age and blues.


  • Saturday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am


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