WUSF, 89.7 has a decades-long tradition of bringing you the best in jazz all night, every night. Our knowledgeable and personable hosts -- Bob Seymour, Mike Cornette, Whitney James, Mark Feinman, and Richard Jimenez -- present the jazz classics along with the best new releases every hour, all night long. We hope you’ll check out our playlist here on the WUSF website, and appreciate your joining us as often as you can for America’s music – jazz – in the late night and early morning hours.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker forged a friendship at Bard College, bonding over their love of jazz and their sardonic humor. And their decades of recordings as Steely Dan, with the band fleshed out by top studio players and jazz artists, is an amazing body of work. The two came by for a Piano Jazz session with Marian McPartland, a show that incudes their originals as well as music of Ellington and W.C. Handy along the way.
Sometimes the most exciting new music is a session that’s been on the shelf for a while. From the private collection of guitarist Pat Martino comes ‘Young Guns,’ a live date from Club 118 in Kentucky, back in the late 1960’s. The fire and virtuosity of Martino’s guitar have long been the stuff of legend, and he’s matched by Gene Ludwig’s wizardry on the Hammond B-3. Fortunately, the tape was rolling – and we’ll hear some of ‘Young Guns’ on this week’s Saturday Night Jazz.
It's just the second performance of a dynamic trio, known as Two Skirts and A Shirt: Rene Marie, Allen Harris, and Carla Cook. They perform meaningful songs by Oscar Brown, Jr. and Donny Hathaway, along with Leonard Cohen's beautiful 'Hallelujah.' Dee Dee Bridgewater takes us where live jazz happens, on JazzSet, and this week it's at the K.C. Jazz Club in the Kennedy Center.
Joe Henderson’s distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his big band sound. His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man’s lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson’s birthday. Wendell Pierce hosts.
WUSF Jazz Programs
Host Bob Seymour brings you great jazz music that you will not find anywhere else on the radio dial. Saturday nights at 10:00 PM, you are invited to take a journey into jazz!
Jazz at Lincoln Center presents concerts that can be heard nowhere else. From the Allen Room, Rose Hall, and the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, all created specifically for jazz, and from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this Peabody Award-winning program brings us thematic programs with the world’s great performers. A number of times each year, these programs feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by the Center’s Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis.
JazzSet is the jazz lover’s eyes and ears on the world of live music. The Grammy and Tony Award winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater takes listeners to stages coast to coast and beyond, to capture the finest performers as they make magic happen. From intimate jazz clubs to the biggest festivals, JazzSet is there, every week of the year.
Now celebrating her 30th Anniversary season, Marian McPartland continues to bring us a fascinating hour of conversation and improvisation each week. Over the years, Piano Jazz has presented visits with more than 500 guests. It’s a program no one but Marian, with her engaging personality, sparkling talent, and deep roots in jazz, could bring us.
For 20 years, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests have brought Classic Jazz and Swing to public radio listeners throughout the country. Each of these concerts from San Antonio’s Riverwalk spotlights a particular artist, style, or locale, with a mix of exciting performance and behind the scenes story-telling that makes the music come alive.