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 and Mike Cornette -- 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.
Italian pianist Stefano Bollani stretches the limits of the imagination with improvisations that range from quirky to transcendent. Virtuoso technique and a keen harmonic sense bolster Bollani’s improvisations, which owe as much to Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson as to Sergei Prokofiev and Frank Zappa. Bollani performs an original, “Buzzilare,” and Scott Joplin’s classic, “Maple Leaf Rag.”
The All-Music Guide puts it simply: Clark Terry has ‘the happiest sound in jazz – exuberant, swinging, and fun.’ The veteran of the Basie, Ellington, and Tonight Show bands has been a mentor to generations of musicians. He’s spread good cheer with his virtuosity on the horn, and his trademark ‘Mumbles’ style of singing. Join Bob Seymour for this week’s Saturday Night Jazz, to celebrate the sound and spirit of trumpeter Clark Terry, on the great jazz man’s 93rd birthday.
Guitarist Bill Frisell is featured in 3 distinctly different sets at the Newport Jazz Festival, and we'll sample them all on JazzSet. First, a couple of duets with violinist Jenny Scheinman, a longtime member of his band; then a set of Beatles songs; and finally Frisell and The Bad Plus play music by the late drummer Paul Motain. Dee Dee Bridgewater brings us the sounds of Bill Frisell at Newport, this Friday night.
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her “both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova.” Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D’Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including “Manha de Carnival,” “Batida Diferente,” and “Ceu e Mar.” 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.