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.
The mid-60s was a vibrant time for jazz listeners, with veteran musicians and relative newcomers making great sounds, in the studios and on live recordings. We’ll go back 50 years, to 1965, this Saturday night. It was the year of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme,’ and Herbie Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage.’ In addition to those classics, we’ll hear Ella Fitzgerald sing the Johnny Mercer Songbook, Monk playing solo, and Blue Mitchell’s band including Chick Corea, playing ‘March on Selma.’
Blue Note Records made its name on now-famous names, who etched their marks on jazz history. For its 75th anniversary, the label gathered a new crop of artists including Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire. They're known as Our Point of View, and we'll hear their only East Coast performance on this week's Jazz Night in America, with Christian McBride.
Danilo Perez came from Panama to the U.S., and worked with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra. Dizzy impressed upon him the importance of expressing his own heritage in music. In recent years, Perez has been part of Wayne Shorter's remarkable quartet. We'll hear him in 1994, with Marian McPartland on this week's Piano Jazz, Sunday night at 8.
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.