NPR Music, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center have joined to produce the next generation of jazz programming in public radio, which they’ve titled Jazz Night in America. The new initiative premiered October 15 with an online hub accessible at jazz.org/jazznight and a radio show airing on more than 100 stations nationwide including Nashville’s WFSK Jazzy 88.
According to its producers, “Jazz Night in America showcases today’s vital jazz scene while also underscoring the genre’s storied history. The weekly one-hour radio show will be hosted by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Christian McBride and features hand-picked performances from across the country, woven with the colorful stories of the artists behind them.”
The online hub will offer a season of 26 signature concert video-casts from clubs and festivals around the country, on-demand video and audio performances, and interviews from today’s great jazz artists. As part of the effort, NPR Member Station WXPN in Philadelphia, a founding member of this project, will curate several live events, and NPR’s national news programs will present jazz stories to millions of public radio listeners.
For the online hub, visit NPR Jazz
The program airs locally Wednesday evenings on WFSK FM. For local broadcast information and schedules, visit wfskfm.org
(Photo above: show host Christian McBride. Photo courtesy of NPR.)