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.
Christian McBride emerged in his teens, more than 20 years ago, as one of the premiere bassists on the jazz scene. He appeared as a sideman on Piano Jazz with numerous guests before being featured on the show with Marian McPartland in 2001. This great hour of music and conversation includes their duets on Billie's Bounce and Midnight Sun.
This weekend in Chicago, they’re naming a street for Dinah Washington, near the famous Wendell Phillips Academy where the great singer attended high school. She was born 90 years ago, and in her brief career made a lot of great recordings, including the Grammy-winner ‘What A Difference A Day Made.’ Join Bob Seymour for music by ‘The Queen of the Jukeboxes,’ Dinah Washington, including sessions with some of the great jazz artists of the day, on this week’s Saturday Night Jazz.
Gil Evans, the masterful arranger, collaborated with Miles Davis on three indelible projects in the late '50s. This week's JazzSet brings us a re-creation of that music, with a hand-picked orchestra led by Vince Mendoza, and featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard, playing with emotion and commitment. They bring us music from Evans' Sketches of Spain, and Porgy and Bess. Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts.
Postwar America saw the hard edges of bebop segue to the cool. The music bewitched baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan, and it enchanted classically-trained pianist John Lewis; both became pioneers of this sophisticated style. Pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone saxophone master Joe Temperly join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to make the cool all new. The set includes Django, Delauney’s Dilemma, and Animal Dance.
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.