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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.
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.
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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.
Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.
Arguably the greatest composer that America has ever seen, Duke Ellington was born in 1899 in Washington D.C. In the early 1920's, Ellington ventured to New York where he would establish a long career as a bandleader, pianist, and prolific arranger and composer. Some famous jazz tunes written by Duke Ellington include "In a Sentimental Mood," "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," "Mood Indigo," and "Satin Doll." Ellington's career spanned sixty total years and led to the formation of some of the greatest big bands that jazz has ever seen.
Adam Neely is a bassist and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber base of 650,000 people. His educational content explores what music means, and what it means to be a musician. He has appeared on TEDx, Vox, Ableton Loop, MAGfest, Bass Player Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Ultimate Guitar. His channel has 60 million lifetime views and 2 million monthly views, making it the largest music theory channel on YouTube.
On Sunday March 17th, we'll air an exclusive interview with the greatest living master of the bansuri, Hariprasad Chaurasia recorded by WKCR's David Ellenbogen at the Vrindaban Gurukul, in Mumbai. Chaurasia's disciple Jay Gandhi joined the discussion, and he'll join us in studio to curate a playlist of some great performances from Hariprasad's prolific career.
On Friday, March 15, Teri Towe and Simon Cohen will present a day-long celebration of the music of Beethoven on WKCR in anticipation of his 250th birthday year in 2020.
From 9am to 6pm, the broadcast will feature a wide-ranging survey of genres and performances, from the earliest classic renditions to the most up-to-date period instrument performances.
This will be a one-of-a-kind program not to be missed!
Join us for the Musician's Show this evening 6-9 pm ET, where Frank Kimbrough will share his music and experiences as a musician.
Tune in to WKCR for the 20th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival this Friday. With this festival, we will continue the tradition of broadcasting the music of Brazil's most famous composer, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim on his birthday.
Tune in to listen to the music of opera composer Mark Adamo featuring a conversation with the composer at 5 pm.
Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Nash has that uncanny ability to mix freedom with substance, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. He is a co-founder of the New York-based Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run, non-profit innovative entity dedicated to presenting the original works of composers pushing the boundaries of their self-expression. Nash is also a long-standing member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis.
Tune in on Thursday, January 10th as we honor legendary drummer Max Roach with 24 hours of programming in celebration of what would have been his 94th birthday. Arguably one of the most important bop drummers in history, Max Roach worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk and made an indelible impact on jazz drumming and bebop as a whole. Born in 1924 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Roach moved with his family to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York when he was four years old.
Bachfest 2018 is live on the air!
Tune in tonight at 6 PM for a special Musician’s Show with the We Have Voice Collective!
We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender identities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and affiliations. Together, they are determined to engage in transformative ways of thinking and being in their creative professional world, while being ingrained in an inclusive and intersectional analysis.
Renowned singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit, "Guess Who I Saw Today" She has recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy awards, with her first album "Like in Love" coming out in 1959. WKCR will be playing her music on Dec. 17th (2-5 AM, 5-9:30 AM, 12-3 PM, 6-9 PM) as we continue to celebrate the life of Nancy Wilson in light of her passing.
WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2018, which this year is the 40th anniversary of the BachFest tradition. 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.