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University of Iowa News Release

June 8, 2005

Parlor Music Featured June 17 on 'Talk of Iowa' Program

On the June 17 edition of "Talk of Iowa," pianist Brent Watkins traces the musical development of ragtime and early jazz by combining oral history with live performance.

"Talk of Iowa," produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910, is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for this 10 a.m. live broadcast at The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Before TV and before radio, the parlor was America's entertainment center from 1880 to 1920 and ragtime and early jazz was the popular form of music. Watkins offers compelling historical insight into the struggle of black musicians to overcome racial and cultural stereotypes. Watkins will highlight the music of Scott Joplin, James Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, and Eubie Blake, as well as Iowa natives T. Fred Henry and Clarence C. Wiley.

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Host Ben Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Talk of Iowa" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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