Join WKCR on Thursday, January 30th as we celebrate the life and music of this jazz trumpeter who, according to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, put "more soul in one note that a lot of people could get into the whole song."
On Saturday, January 25th, from 2:00 am to 11:59 pm, WKCR celebrates the music and life of Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, or "Tom," on what would be his 93rd birthday. Composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer, Jobim's contributions to music in Brazil and worldwide are immeasurable.
Hello all! As of midnight, Bach Fest has officially kicked off!
For the eight-day period from 12:00 AM on December 24th through 12:00 AM on New Year’s Day, WKCR (89.9 FM and wkcr.org) will dedicate all broadcasting to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
We are excited to share with you the schedule for the week, which can be seen below.
Starting today at 9:15 am ET, WKCR will be asking its dedicated listeners to support us in our fundraising efforts!
As a non-commercial radio station, we continue to do what we do because of the incredible support of our dedicated listeners. Support non-commercial radio with some limited-time WKCR merch designed by one our programmers.
We at WKCR would like to acknowledge and apologize for the streaming problems many of our listeners are experiencing. Our technicians are working to diagnose the problem and streaming should be at its full capacities by the end of this week. Thank you for your patience!
Join us Tuesday, January 17 during our Out to Lunch programming from 1-2:30 pm EST for an interview with New York-based jazz pianist Emmet Cohen regarding his most recent project "Masters Legacy Series featuring Jimmy Cobb." Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. He placed first in both the American Jazz Pianists competition (2014) and the Phillips Piano Competition at the University of West Florida (2011).
WKCR regrets its actions with regard to a guest who had recently been scheduled to appear on our program Studio A. Specifically, WKCR's editorial policies and University policies regarding speech were misrepresented in our communications to this guest. To be clear, WKCR and Columbia University strongly believe in robust freedom of expression, especially about challenging ideas. Likewise, WKCR’s content is curated by student and alumni programmers and reflects their own individual self-expression.
This Friday, January 10th, marks what would be jazz drummer, composer, civil rights activist, educator, and overall legend Max Roach's 96th birthday. Celebrate it with us at WKCR as we honor his legacy with a 24 hour broadcast of his catalog! Working alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and more, Roach made essential contributions to the world of jazz drumming and to bebop as a whole.
Merchandise for BachFest 2019 is now available!
Tune in this Thursday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 115th birthday anniversary! As one of the first renowned jazz tenor saxophonists, Hawkins helped to establish the instrument as essential to the genre, especially for soloists. Hawkins' warm tone and signature vibrato, along with his melodic and technical virtuosity, made him a pivotal influence on future generations of jazz pioneers.
Join WKCR on air this Wednesday, October 30th as we dedicate 24 hours of programming to legendary trumpeter Clifford “Brownie” Brown!
It's Giving Day! We thank you for your support of WKCR operations -- your contributions keep us on the air.
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From October 19th at 7 pm to October 20th at 7pm, WKCR listeners around the world will tune in to hear the year’s latest developments in a growing musical movement The New York Times has called “the Raga Renaissance, flowering in Brooklyn.”
Join us on air October 10 for a 24-hour celebration of the Thelonious Monk!
"Notes from Underground" showcases contemporary hip hop with an emphasis on emerging and experimental artists. The program is hosted by a variety of student programmers, each with their own eclectic taste in hip hop, so that its sound evolves alongside the genre. The program also hosts local and visiting artists for interviews, freestyles, and guest-curation. Tune in on Saturday nights from 12:30am-2am.
On Monday, September 23rd, WKCR will conduct its annual all-day tribute to John Coltrane on the 93rd anniversary of his birth. Born on September 23, 1926 in North Carolina, Coltrane is celebrated to this day for his innovative work on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, as well as his enormous contributions to the genres of bebop, hard bop, and free and avant-garde jazz. From the late 1940s to the mid-late 1950s, Coltrane collaborated with numerous jazz titans, performing as a sideman with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, among others.
Tune in to Live Constructions at 10 pm on Sunday, September 22nd for an exclusive in-studio interview from composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp. The hour-long program will cover Sharp's upcoming concert at Zürcher Gallery next Monday, September 30th, and his recently published memoir IrRational Music.
Thank you all for attending our Fall Concert last Thursday! Another special thanks to our performers: Lady Ann, International Women in Reggae, Yasser Tejeda & Palotre, Duendita, and WKCR's own Vaughn and Hermann; and thank you especially to American Head Elisabetta Diorio and Latin Head Julia Rocha for spearheading the organization of this wonderful event!
For photos from the concert, click here.
Join us this Wednesday on the Firing Lion from 9 to 10 pm for a discussion on the state of American soccer with Sunil Gulati. A senior lecturer of economics at Columbia University, Gulati has also served as President of the United States Soccer Federation and the FIFA Executive Committee.
Tune in from August 27th-29th when WKCR will be holding our annual Lester Young/Charlie Parker birthday broadcast celebration! On the 27th we’ll be playing just the music of Young, the 28th we’ll be playing a mix of the two, and on the 29th we’ll be playing the music of Parker.
WKCR will begin airing Evening Profiles August 11th from 5-7pm. Evening Profiles focuses on musicians from around the world, past and present. Evening Profiles pushes back against the nebulous qualities of World Music to present individual musicians’ evolution and artistry. Evening Profiles will air interviews and sets with musicians
Join us 6-9 pm this Wednesday as we host Sullivan Fortner on the Musician's Show! Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.
Tune in this Wednesday from 6pm to 1am to listen a Memorial Broadcast dedicated to João Gilberto. The show will encompass from his early and rare recordings before Bossa Nova to his most recent solo album released in 2004 along with relevant historical background. We will also feature exclusive WKCR interviews with important characters that were involved with João Gilberto such as the producer Creed Taylor, and one of the Tropicália artists Gilberto Gil. Hosted by Augusto Ghiotto and Jassvan DeLima .
This Sunday, June 23rd from 12 pm to 2 pm, WKCR will broadcast the Tennessee Border Show live from Governor Island's annual Porch Stomp, a free, community-led participatory folk festival, where performances take place on the porches of Governors Island’s historic Nolan Park. Over 100 small-scale acoustic concerts, jams, and workshops featuring some of NYC’s best bluegrass, country, blues, roots, and Americana music are showcased during the daylong festivities.
(Click here to listen to this interview.)
Join us on Jazz Alternatives this Friday 6-9 pm for an interview with Christian McBride!
Please join us this Sunday on Raag Aur Taal (7-9 pm) for an interview with musicians Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung! Listen to Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung perform traditional Nepali music and discuss topics such as the importance of preserving musical traditions, the challenges of cultural preservation in the Internet age, and the interesting connections between traditional Nepali music and bluegrass.
Join us this Friday on Out to Lunch for an interview with Melissa Aldana!
Please join us on Afternoon Classical on Thursday, May 30th for a special feature on the work of Meredith Monk. From 4-6pm, Isaac Jean-Francois will select parts of Monk's oeuvre to share along with some commentary on how we might engage with Monk's sound performatively.