Holiday Jazz Specials

December 24 and 25th – all holiday jazz during the day. Bob Parlocha..all holiday music overnight on the 25th.

December 25 – holiday jazz all day, then from 7-9pm-re broadcast of the NCCU/WNCU 2nd annual holiday bash.

December 25 from 9pm-10pm – Jazz Piano Xmas XX from NPR

December 26 at 9pm – Can’t Quit the Blues-a special on Buddy Guy

December 27 from 7pm-10pm -The Man and his Music-Count Basie- 3 part series on Count Basie-from NPR’s Jazz Profiles


WNCU/NCCU holiday bash rebroadcast: originally aired on Friday Dec. 4th. NCCU Jazz Faculty Group plays holiday jazz from 7-9pm, Dec. 25th.

Jazz Piano Xmas XX: Dec. 25-9pm

This ever popular program will include original interpretations of holiday classics and duo combos performed by Dr. Billy Taylor, Ramsey Lewis, Patricia Barber, Eldar, and Robert Glasper. Felix Contreas hosts.

Buddy Guy-Can’t Quit the Blues: Dec. 26-9pm

Hosted by journalist Anthony DeCurtis, this program also features 15 classic tracks from throughout Guy’s career. Buddy Guy tells his own story, looking back on his life and career as only he can. He begins the story with his poor, sharecropping roots in Lettsworth, LA, and guides up through all his stops along the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – the first time he met the blues on a John Lee Hooker record, the birth of his trademark guitar style while regularly jamming for customers at a gas station, his explosion on the Chicago blues scene, his influence on many of rock’s great guitarists (Clapton, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rolling Stones, John Mayer and many more), and much more.

Throughout “Can’t Quit the Blues,” Buddy Guy opens up and reveals himself as a man with a soul as great as his musical skills. He is extremely grateful to all those who helped him along the way, and always happy to share his knowledge with those inspired by him. At 70 years-old, he continues to live a great life, always thankful of how he came to be one of the world’s great blues guitarists.

“If I had my life to live over,” he says, “I would come back the same road that I came and pick up the acoustic guitar and hope to make somebody happy and smile.”

Count Basie: The Man and His Music: Dec. 27th7-10pm

Part 1: The 1st installment traces Basie’s early years; his childhood, his pilgrimage to Harlem,his relationship with Fats Waller, and his early life as a traveling musician with Katie Krippen and her Kitties, Walter Page and the Blue Devils, and Jimmy Rushing.

Part 2: The story picks up with the death of Benny Moten and the genesis of Count Basie’s first band at the Reno Club in Kansas City. Broadcasts on experimental station W9XBY bring Lester Young and others to Kansas City to see the band they had heard on the radio. Thanks to the addition of Young and the All-American rhythm section, the Basie band bursts onto the national scene. Basie comes to New York with an uncertain reception and then breaks through with his first record contract with Decca. This installment covers a period that marks the both the pinnacle of success for Basie’s Kansas City style and also some setbacks, including the death of tenor man Herschel Evans, the recording ban of the early 1940s, and the advent of World War II.

Part 3: In the 1940s, the bandleader found himself staring at the impending decline of the Swing Era. But the sophisticated groups he put together in the years to come started a musical renaissance which helped confirm his place in jazz history.