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.
We’ll feature the music of Benny Golson this Saturday night, on the eve of his 86th birthday. Named an NEA Jazz Master, the tenor saxophonist is the composer of several enduring jazz standards. We’ll revisit our All Night Jazz archives to hear him tell the story of writing the ballad, ‘I Remember Clifford.’ Bob Seymour rounds out Saturday Night Jazz with a number of great performers doing music by the leading light of the Bossa Nova, Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler came together with trumpeter Steven Bernstein to form their Hot 9, and the resulting cd, 'Viper's Drag,' was a favorite the past year on All Night Jazz. This Saturday's Jazz Night in America catches the band's takes on early jazz repertoire, right where they first came together, in performance at New York's Jazz Standard.
Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’ has been a big favorite on All Night Jazz, and was a Grammy winner this year. Tonight at 9, we’ll catch up with the man NPR Music called ‘the next great male jazz singer.’ Bob Seymour speaks with Porter as he winds up his European tour (performing in Buckingham Palace a few nights ago!) and is about to make his first Bay Area appearance, this Thursday at The Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall.
Cyrus Chestnut's first public performance was in his family's Baptist church in Baltimore, at age 7, and the church has continued to inform his sound as one of the most soulful and swinging pianists of his generation. We'll hear Marian McPartland and Cyrus Chestnut in an hour of music and conversation this Sunday at 8, on Piano Jazz, with music of Ellington, Cole Porter, and an original by Cyrus called 'Elegant Flower.'
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 9:00 PM, you are invited to take a journey into jazz!
Jazz Night in America is the next generation of jazz programming from NPR Music, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center and clubs across America. This multi-platform show is hosted by Christian McBride, a multiple Grammy award-winning musician. The program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues — and each other — through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of 26 live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today's great artists and venues.
For more than 30 years, Marian McPartland brought us illuminating visits with artists from the jazz world and beyond. These hours of music and conversation form a rich broadcast legacy only Marian could have created. It's an invaluable archive we sample from every Saturday evening on WUSF, your NPR station.