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.
Oscar Peterson was born in Montreal, 89 years ago this weekend. His amazing virtuosity and 'Will to Swing' (the title of his biography by Gene Lees) made Peterson a worldwide favorite for decades, beginning with a breakthrough at Carnegie Hall in a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. We'll revisit a delightful hour of music and conversation, with Oscar joining Marian McPartland, Saturday evening.
Bill Evans had a huge influence on future generations of musicians. His lyrical and introspective playing, and the way members of his trio interacted with one another, established new standards in jazz. Evans was born 85 years ago this Saturday, and we’ll feature his trios, as well as his playing with Miles Davis and some Evans tributes, on this week’s Saturday Night Jazz with Bob Seymour.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the “soulful erudition” of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the “taut, molten” music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller’s untimely passing in May, 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett’s compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner. 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 9:00 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.
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.