Thelonious Monk Centennial Birthday Broadcast

Tune in on October 10 to WKCR 89.9 FM-NY for 24 hours of Thelonious Sphere Monk’s music in celebration of his 100th birthday. Born in 1917 in North Carolina but raised in Manhattan, Monk first established his musicianship as a mostly self-taught travelling church organist. He marked his grand entrance into the New York jazz scene in 1941 as the new house pianist at the Minton’s Playhouse, the breeding grounds of bebop.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Peter Apfelbaum for Live Constructions

Tune in this Sunday (10/8) from 10:00-11:00 PM to hear a live set from avant-garde jazz pianist Peter Apfelbaum on Live Constructions at WKCR. An associate artistic director for Creative Music Studio, Apfelbaum will be performing at WKCR a day after a performance of his world music project, Song of the Mystic Thread, at Greenwich House Music School.

Sun, 8 Oct 2017, 10:00pm to 11:00pm

Wardell Gray Retrospective on Jazz Profiles

Sid Gribetz presents a five-hour retrospective radio broadcast celebrating the career of saxophonist Wardell Gray this Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 2-7 PM, on Jazz Profiles on WKCR radio.

Wardell Gray is a “forgotten tenor”, one of the lost masters of modern jazz. Many critics aptly classify his style with a moniker of “Easy Swing”, a felicitous facility that imparts a rhythmic grace yet intensive communicative attack that conveys a soulful message.
Sun, 8 Oct 2017, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Kevin Hogan for Studio A

Tune in to Studio A on Sunday, October 1st from 9-10 pm to hear an interview with poet Kevin Hogan. Kevin Hogan is a survivor, human rights advocate, and poet whose début collection, My Ríastrad, was named a 2016 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. The conversation will cover both Hogan's literary work and his activism on overcoming societal stigma.

Sun, 1 Oct 2017, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Brian Charette for the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician’s Show this Wednesday, September 27 from 6-9 PM ET for a live interview with New York City organist/pianist Brian Charette. Brian has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 4th place in The Critic's Poll main organ category.

Wed, 27 Sep 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Kelvin Quintanilla for Art Waves

Tune into Arts Waves this Friday, September 22nd at 9 PM EST for a special Spanish news program with guest host Kelvin Quintanilla. Quintanilla is a radio veteran and an active member of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, an interfaith network of congregations, organizations and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation.

Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Adam Rudolph for Jazz Alternatives

Tune in to Jazz Alternatives from 6-9 PM on Friday, September 22 for as we welcome Adam Rudolph into our studio for an interview and discussion of his upcoming releases. For the past four decades composer, improviser, and percussionist Adam Rudolph has performed extensively in concert throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Rudolph has been hailed as "a pioneer in world music" by the NY Times and "a master percussionist" by Musician magazine.

Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ricardo Grilli for the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician’s Show this Wednesday, September 20 from 6-9 PM ET for a live interview with Brazilian-born guitarist Ricardo Grilli. Based in New York City, Grilli is an influential figure in the modern guitar scene, and has received excellent reviews in renowned publications such as the New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times and All About Jazz.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Wren Hanks for Studio A

Tune in to Studio A on Sept. 17th from 9-10 pm EST to hear an interview with Wren Hanks, author of chapbooks Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). Wren is a 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow and his work has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, and The Wanderer among others.

Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Champian Fulton for the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician’s Show this Wednesday, September 13 from 6-9 PM ET for a live interview with American jazz pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton. Born in Oklahoma, she has become a world class Jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. Champian grew up with music in her home, and the presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on Jazz.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

White Plains Jazz Festival for Jazz Alternatives

Tune into Jazz Alternatives on Tuesday, September 12 from 6-9 PM ET for a preview of the upcoming White Plains Jazz Fest, a 5-day celebration of jazz in White Plains, NY from Sept 13-17. We will be hosting a live discussion on air of the upcoming festival, as well as sharing some oral histories of local musicians and interviews with artists who will be performing there.

Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Michael Broder for Studio A

Tune into Studio A from 9-10 pm EST tonight (Sunday, Sept. 10) to hear a live interview with novelist and poet, Michael Broder. Michael Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies.
Sun, 10 Sep 2017, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Alexander Claffy for the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician's Show on Wednesday, August 30 from 6-9pm ET for an interview with bassist Alexander Claffy. “CLAFFY,” 23 years old, has been immersed in music since birth. His father a pianist, his mother, a vocalist, he had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, CLAFFY found mentorship in many natives of Philadelphia's rich music scene from Hard-Bop to Hip-Hop.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Lester "Prez" Young and Charlie "Bird" Parker 3-Day Festival

Beginning Sunday, August 27 at 12:00am ET, WKCR will have a three-day festival dedicated to the music of tenor saxophonist Lester "Prez" Young, and alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. The 27th marks Prez's birthday, and the 29th, Bird's. On Monday, August 28th we will play both Prez and Bird interchangeably throughout the day.

Sun, 27 Aug 2017, 12:00am to Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 11:59pm

Kalia Vandever for the Musician's Show

Tune in to the Musician’s Show on WKCR-FM Wednesday, August 23 from 6-9 PM ET for an interview with trombonist Kalia Vandever. Vandever just graduated from The Juilliard School in New York, NY as a member of the Jazz Studies -- Bachelor of Music program. Music has taken her to Austria, Italy, and Australia as well as many cities throughout the US. She has performed in many prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Preservation Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

John Abercrombie Memorial on Out to Lunch

Tune in to Out to Lunch today from 12-3 PM ET to honor the life of jazz guitarist and bandleader John Abercrombie, who passed away today at the age of 72. Abercrombie’s work explored jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher's ECM label, and recorded principally with this label since then.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Frank Isola for the Firing Lion

Tune in to the Firing Lion tonight, August 23rd at 9 PM ET for a live interview with Frank Isola, New York Knicks beat writer at New York Daily News and frequent panelist on Around the Horn. Dante Guarneri and other Sports Department programmers will speak with Isola about the changes in the sports journalism industry, trends in sports media deals, the decision-making of New York Knicks’ management, plus more.
Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Michael Daves for the Moonshine Show

Tune in to the Moonshine Show tomorrow, August 20, from 10AM-12PM ET for a performance from Michael Daves. Bluegrass guitarist and singer Daves will be performing with Alex Hargreaves, Dominick Leslie, and Larry Cook this Sunday evening at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn as part of his August Sundays residency there featuring different guests each week.
Sun, 20 Aug 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment for Out to Lunch

Tune in to Out to Lunch today, August 18 from 12-3 PM ET for an in-studio performance by Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment. An enduring figure in New York's jazz landscape, Eliot is best known for her lively spirit, expressive piano skills, and the Sunday jazz concerts hosted in her 555 Edgecombe Avenue home -- a tradition she and her friends have kept for twenty five years.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Drive East Festival Artists for Raag aur Taal

Tune in to Raag aur Taal tomorrow, August 13, from 7-9 PM ET to hear artists from the Indian classical groups Carnatic Guitar Power (students of Guitar Prasanna), Navatman Music Collective, and solo (Indrani Khare), who will be performing at the Drive East Music Festival next week. Drive East features over 20 concerts in one week at the Dixon Place theater here in New York City.

Sun, 13 Aug 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Jess Stacy Memorial Broadcast

Tune in to Out to Lunch on August 11 from 12-3 PM ET for a brief memorial broadcast of Jess Stacy on what would have been his 113th birthday. Around the time historian Tad Jones discovered Louis Armstrong's real birthday (August 4), Stacy revealed that that he was born on August 11, 1904 and not on August 4, as is still listed in many Jazz references.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Terri Lyne Carrington for Out to Lunch

Tune in to Out to Lunch Thursday, August 10 2017 at 12:00 PM ET for an interview with Grammy-award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington. Currently a professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, Carrington has toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more.

Thu, 10 Aug 2017, 12:00pm to 3:00pm


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