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. In 2021 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 continues to air the following rebroadcasts of Phil's programs:
Bird Flight: Tuesday-Friday 8:20AM-9:30AM
Traditions in Swing; Saturday 6PM-9PM
Phi Lives (for various archival broadcasts): Monday 3AM-5AM
In addition we often air relevant Phil Schaap archival broadcasts on our Birthday Broadcasts.