jazz music

R. R. Jones / Kuumbwa Jazz

The first rule of the pandemic: avoid a crowded house full of strangers. But for live theatres and music venues, a full house is the sign of an entertaining — and profitable — evening.  While restaurants, retail shops and gyms have slowly reopened, indoor performance venues have kept their doors closed. As California nears June 15 — the finish-line for the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy — raising the curtains at these venues still has its challenges.

Blues Routes Weekly - Billie Holiday

Mar 4, 2020

Broadcast: March 8th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


On International Women’s Day, a look at the scrappy life and beautiful music of Lady Day.


Produced by: Thom Butler

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Jazz Haunts for Halloween

Oct 29, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

Smoke dreams, sorcerors, ghosts, and stalking monsters! We'll experience those paranormal jazz encounters with those spectors through the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Lenny Tristano, and Red Norvo in this hour. And we'll also recount the mysterious ends of four notable jazz musicians and hear some of their recordings.

Produced by: WFIU

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz and Prohibition

Apr 22, 2019

Broadcast: April 28, 2019, at 4pm

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.