Archive for March, 2015

Longtime Overnight Jazz Program Host Bob Parlocha Passed

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

WNCU and many other stations across the country remember our longtime overnight jazz host, Bob Parlocha, who passed a little over a week ago. At WNCU, his program will continue to air in his memory. We hope to hear of his replacement in the near future. Meanwhile, continue to enjoy Bob in the wee smalls.

We wish to share with you the very sad news that Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT Radio Network’s Jazz Network since its inception in 1995, passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Bob died of a heart attack and had been rehabilitating from an illness over the past year.

Bob, who was based in the Bay Area and was a full-time employee of WWCI, was the first and only host of the Jazz Network. He was with us for 20 years. Bob will be missed by all of us at WFMT and, of course, by his many, many fans who listened to his daily program on stations throughout the United States.

In addition to hosting the Jazz Network, which was broadcast on scores of stations throughout the United States,  Bob was a tenor and soprano saxophone player, host of the Dinner Jazz Show on KJAZ and later the station’s music director. Bob was also a passionate gourmet cook.

We will miss Bob’s presence immensely. Our condolences go to his wife, Pam, and their children.

Don Mueller
WFMT Director of Operations

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New Sunday evening line up at WNCU

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Beginning Sunday, March 8th, from 11 p.m. – 12 a.m., WNCU will air a new program, Jazz Night in America. It is a collaboration between NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This one hour show is hosted by bassist, Christian McBride and will include performances, live social media connections for listeners, interviews with the artists and more.

Tavis Smiley is now a one-hour program and will air from 10 -11 p.m.

Steve Nelson

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Steve Nelson (born August 11, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American vibraphonist, and has been a member of Dave Holland’s Quintet and Big Band for over a decade. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music, and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University.[1] He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made recordings as the leader of his own group. As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean.

His most recent recording as leader is Sound-Effect (2007), featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.

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