It is with a heavy heart that WKCR mourns Phil Schaap, who passed away Tuesday September 7 at the age of 70. For over 50 years, Phil has been an irreplaceable presence at the station. The mentorship that he has provided students as an educator has helped shape a new generation of jazz historians and appreciators, and his impact will be felt for decades to come.
Phil was unquestionably a giant in the jazz community. This past year he was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, and throughout his distinguished career has been awarded six Grammys and numerous other honors.
WKCR will continue airing rebroadcasts of Phil's programs during their usual times. Further details for an expanded tribute will be announced in the coming days on our website, wkcr.org