Mario Diaz de Leon on Afternoon New Music

Tune into Afternoon New Music this Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 pm ET to listen to a conversation and music by Mario Diaz de Leon. Diaz de Leon will talk about his recent compositions including his new album "Sanctuary". This program will be in anticipation of Diaz de Leon's album release show at Roulette NYC on April 3rd, where TAK Ensemble and Rebekkah Heller will perform his pieces "Labrys" and "Sanctuary".
Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 3:00pm

International Women's Day on WKCR

Tune in tomorrow, March 8th, as WKCR celebrates International Women’s Day with programming featuring women/femme artists, musicians, and composers. From Som do Brasil, to Out to Lunch, to Late City Edition and the African Show, your favorite programs will be centering the voices of women and Femmes.

Let us know which of your favorite femme musicians or femme-fronted groups you would be excited to hear!

Thu, 8 Mar 2018, 10:00am

Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Broadcast

Join WKCR as we celebrate the birthday of Bix Beiderbecke from 12:00 am to 11:59 epm ET on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 - August 6, 1931) was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist and composer. With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s.
Sat, 10 Mar 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Ornette Coleman Birthday Broadcast!

Happy birthday, Ornette Coleman! Join WKCR as we honor Ornette Coleman by playing 24 hours of his music from all day Friday, March 9, 2018 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm ET. Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 - June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, he was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, a term he invented with the name of a 1961 album.

Fri, 9 Mar 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Steve Bernstein remembers Roswell Rudd on Deep Focus

What do you need to make great music? Chops? Theory? Encyclopedic knowledge of the music? Yeah, that too, but if you don’t have curiosity, a willingness to engage with people, a giving heart, who is going to want to hear what you have to say? Through sixty years of fusing traditions with experimentation, that was always the message from Roswell Rudd and his trombone. Roswell passed away in December at the age of 82. Trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who was one of Roswell’s musical partners, takes this message to heart.

Mon, 5 Mar 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Donate Online Today!

As we finish up our 2k18 every-so-annual fundraiser we would like to remind our listeners to keep donating online! It has been a heart-warming experience spending a week picking up phones and hearing about all the many reasons listeners decide to donate to WKCR. Make a donation today and tell us what you love about WKCR: is a particular show a personal or family ritual? do you have a favorite programmer? do you wish you could hear more of a particular artist or style of music?

Sat, 3 Mar 2018, 12:00am

Damn Tall Buildings on the Moonshine Show

Tune into the Moonshine Show this Sunday, March 4th at 10:00 am ET to catch an interview and live set with Damn Tall Buildings. Hailed by The Boston Globe as “the Carter Family for the Millennial generation”, Damn Tall Buildings is a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Brooklyn. Originally street performers, the group has shaped their own sound from the American folk lexicon and since brought it from streets to stages across the US.

Sun, 4 Mar 2018, 10:00am

WKCR Fundraiser 2k18!

We are well into day 3 of our 2k18 every-so-annual fundraiser! As a non-commercial radio station, our commitment to alternative programming relies on the support of our dedicated listeners. We don't have a fundraiser every year, only when we have to. Help us reach our goal so we can stop talking about how great we are and why you should give us money and get back to the MUSIC!

Donate now at

or call (212) 854-9920!

Sat, 24 Feb 2018, 12:00am

Tyran Grillo on Jazz Alternatives

Join us on Monday, February 26 from 6pm to 9pm ET for the first installment of a four-part series. Journalist and writer Tyran Grillo of the Between Sound and Space blog ( and host Andrew Castillo will survey the 1970’s releases of ECM Records, the singular German label that Tyran has ardently and exhaustively chronicled on his site for the last eight years.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

“From Moanin’ to Kyoto,” Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers on Jazz Profiles

Tune into Jazz Profiles this Sunday February 18 from 2-7 pm ET to hear Sid Gribetz feature Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Art Blakey is the dynamic drummer and band leader who nurtured many young jazz stars and inculcated the “hard bop” sound in the groups he organized over the many decades of his career until his death in 1990.
Sun, 18 Feb 2018, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Telegraph String Quartet on Live Constructions

This Sunday, February 4th, tune into Live Constructions at 10pm ET for an evening of 20th century classical music by the Telegraph String Quartet. Consisting of violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin, and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, the Telegraph Quartet currently serve as the quartet in residence at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and recently won the Naumburg’s 2016 Chamber Music Competition.

Sun, 4 Feb 2018, 10:00pm

Roy Eldridge Birthday Broadcast

Tune in this Tuesday, January 30th as we celebrate the 107th birthday anniversary of one of the foundational figures of the Swing Era, jazz trumpeter Roy “Little Jazz” Eldridge. Known for his signature boldness in rhythm and sound, Eldridge is often credited for his role in bridging the musical styles and approaches of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Eldridge is often characterized by his use of tritone substitutions and virtuosic solos.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 12:00am to Thu, 1 Feb 2018, 12:00am

Hans Tammen, David Rothenberg, and Nicola Hein on Live Constructions

Tune in tomorrow, January 28, at 10pm ET, to hear as musician Hans Tammen, leader of the Third Eye Chamber Orchestra Dark Circuits Orchestra, as he joins forces with clarinetist and philosopher David Rothenberg and German guitarist, sound artist and philosopher Nicola Hein for an evening of live improvisations. This spring, Rothenberg, Tammen and Hein will be performing at various venues throughout New York.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018, 10:00pm

Jobim Fest 2018

Tune in anytime on Wednesday, January 25th, to listen to WKCR's 20th Tom Jobim Birthday Broadcast in celebration of his 91th Anniversary. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, Antônio Carlos Jobim gained major recognition at a national level in 1959 when he collaborated with poet Vinicius de Moraes to compose the score for the movie Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), which would go on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018, 12:00am to Fri, 26 Jan 2018, 12:00am

Jihye Lee on the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician’s Show on January 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm ET for a live interview with New York-based jazz composer, bandleader, and vocalist Jihye Lee, who released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Jameh Daran Ensemble on In All Languages

Tune into In All Languages this Sunday, January 21 from 7-8pm ET, for a live set and cultural presentation from the Iranian Classical duo Jameh Daran Ensemble. The Ensemble consists of the two brothers Kaveh Haghtalab, playing kamancheh, and Siavash Haghtalab, on tar. They have done extensive research on their instruments will be giving a brief presentation about the history of Iranian classical and folk music. Kaveh previously performed at WKCR with No-Land Bands, a creative project inspired by the music of Syria.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Spanglish Fly on Nueva Cancion y Demas

Tune in to Nueva Cancion y Demas on January 24 from 10-11 pm ET for a live set with a great boogaloo band Spanglish Fly to celebrate the debut of their second album. Hailed by NBC New York as "single handedly reviving 60's boogaloo in New York", Spanglish Fly’s sound amalgamates Latin and soul/R&B, along with flavors of bolero, New Orleans funk, swing jazz, and Arabic chant.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018, 10:00pm to 11:00pm

Max Roach Birthday Broadcast

Tune in on Wednesday, January 10 as we dedicate 24 hours of programming to iconic drummer Max Roach in celebration of the 87th anniversary of his birth. Roach was a pioneer of bebop, and continued to play an integral role in nearly every jazz movement that followed, accompanying such giants as Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, and Abbey Lincoln.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm


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