Jazz Music

Public Radio 89.5-1 / standard FM & HD Radio

Modern jazz, both recent and classic --- Armstrong, Ellington, Bird, Miles, Monk, Trane, and all the other late-greats as well as tunes by today's emerging and established jazz players: it's All This Jazz with Scott Gregory, Saturday evenings from 10 till midnight. (And each week, the second hour of ATJ has a theme.)

Jazz 89.5-2 / only on HD Radio

Public Radio Tulsa's 24-hour jazz channel is acoustic mainstream, focusing on a strong lyrical sound, designed to delight both casual listeners and passionate jazz lovers.

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A late-'90s national research project told public radio programmers a great deal about how listeners heard jazz. While this music is so varied that it's impossible to contain it successfully in one radio format, we discovered that there was a vein of jazz that had both great artistic integrity AND great appeal to audiences. (Think "Kind of Blue," "Time Out," Milt Jackson, Benny Carter, Bill Evans and Diana Krall, and you've got the idea.)

That is the heart of Public Radio Tulsa Jazz. Our goal is nothing less than music that is attractive to both people who like jazz casually and to people who are deeply passionate about jazz. It's not easy to do both at once, but I think we have succeeded.

I picked a random hour of our service, and these are the artists played: John Fedchock, Scott Hamilton, Clark Terry, Bob Sheppard, Gene Ludwig, Lois Deloatch, Arlene McDaniel, Andy Bey, Barry Harris, and Gary Burton. The hour before that: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Houston Person, Walt Harper (w/Ray Brown), Melody Gardot, John Brown, Wes Montgomery, Loston Harris, Paquito D'Rivera, Modern Jazz Quartet, Bill Charlap.

And there you have it: great jazz names and classic performances, blended with younger artists who belong there too. And in NO case are the artists ever just thrown on the air without forethought - everything gets a lot of off-air audition time and we make it a point to feature the best of each musician's work. 

Dave Becker
Jazz 89.5-2 Host

(Dave has many years experience successfully programming Jazz. He has programmed at WDOR, Sturgeon Bay, WI; WSUI, University of Iowa; High Plains Public Radio in Garden City, Kansas; KCCK-FM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WOI Ames, Iowa and KNPR in Las Vegas.)