Jazz Profiles

Singer Nancy Wilson hosts this Gold Medal award-winning, documentary series chronicling the people, places and events in jazz.

Jazz Profiles features jazz topics that are varied and all-encompassing, but focuses largely on individuals. Musicians who have been featured in-depth on Jazz Profilesinclude Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. The series has covered significant anniversaries of the dearly departed, the instruments of jazz, jazz cities, jazz families and more.

By combining archival recordings, interviews and narration, each program in the series tells an informative and engaging story that celebrates the music and those who make it. The appeal of Jazz Profiles is broad, ranging from the news junkie to the jazz aficionado. The music-to-talk ratio of the program is approximately 50/50.


Sunday 8:00 - 9:00 PM

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson was born February 20, 1937 in the Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of six children born to Olden Wilson, a foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan, a maid. While Nancy sang in church choirs, she also caught the sounds of a nearby jukebox:  Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, and fellow Ohioan Little Jimmy Scott (a key influence). At an early age, she knew she would be a performer. At high school in nearby Columbus, she won a talent contest that led to hosting a local television show called Skyline Melodies.

After a year at an area state college, she said to herself: “Look girl, if you’re ever going to be a singer, you’ve got to stop this stalling around and get out there and sing... Read More...