Nouveau Jazz Showcase with Jeff Duperon

Friday, 6 to 10 pm

Start your weekend with new jazz releases every Friday night. Jeff shines the spotlight on today’s established artists, and the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. This showcase will keep you in tune with today’s jazz scene, not only locally, but on a global scale.

Ways to Connect

July 15, 2019. Drummer Vince Ector is a grown-up. He lives in New York City, the epicenter of unadulterated ambition. He teaches at Princeton, not really the type of place that evokes the inner child in us all. He plays with the Mingus Big Band and Orrin Evans’s Captain Black Big Band, serious ensembles for the mature and sophisticated plier of one’s craft.

Tobias Poole

On Friday, July 12th at 6 PM, join us as we pay tribute to our late host and jazz ambassador, Jeff Duperon, who passed on June 17th.

John Herr

June 24, 2019. Legendary for his gifts of vocal improvisation—and for putting lyrics to Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”—the late vocalist Mark Murphy, who died in 2015, had a profound impact on the kind of jazz singer Nancy Kelly has become.

June 17, 2019. Pianist Larry Fuller is a guy who’s truly just happy to be here. This is not to suggest complacency—quite the opposite, actually. It suggests perspective. Taking nothing for granted and treating the opportunity to play music for a living as a privilege—that’s what comes through with the utmost force when learning about Larry Fuller and listening to his music.

Vegamusic- USA

June 10, 2019. Drummer Akira Tana and his quartet, Otonowa (Sound Circle), are doing for Japanese standards what jazz musicians have been doing for American standards for years: respecting their past and infusing them with cool. And that’s exactly what they’ve done with Ai San San (Love’s Radiance), their third album dedicated to aiding those devastated by 2011’s earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan.

June 3, 2019. Sometimes in music, especially jazz, we call a particularly ambitious new album “a project,” especially when the music is something more, the perfect vehicle to deliver an impactful story. With 400: An African American Musical Portrait, bassist Avery Sharpe hasn’t just released a new album—he’s unveiled a serious project.

May 28, 2019. Mary Stallings sounds great—for any age, but, particularly, for hers. She’ll be 80 in August. This could be because she took so many years away from being a jazz singer, disillusioned by music business politics, to focus on raising her daughter, R&B singer Adriana Evans.

Master Sgt. Josh Kowalsky

May 20, 2019. The Airmen of Note is the award-winning jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Band. With Global Reach, their fourth new album in as many years, the ‘Note’ truly goes global, featuring arrangements of traditional Irish and Korean folk tunes, along with breezy, beachy sambas, and—just for good measure—a Beatles cover.

May 13, 2019. Joshua Redman is like the Kobe Bryant of saxophonists. All the pedigree, all the pressure, all the hype and—no doubt—all the people who would’ve preferred he not live up to it.

Courtesy of the artist

Tune in to WRTI on Friday at 7 PM for a special Live Broadcast from South Jazz Kitchen with WRTI Host J. Michael Harrison. The Terell Stafford Quintet takes the stage with its unique interpretation of straight ahead jazz; listen from wherever you are.

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