Robert Ginsburg

KUAF host of "Shades of Jazz"

Robert Ginsburg has lived in Fayetteville with his wife, Susan Jenkins, since 1976. He was born in St. Louis Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Structural Design.

In 1979 he began producing a jazz radio show at University of Arkansas radio station KUAF. The program, Shades of Jazz, airs on Friday and Saturday nights from at 10:00 PM to midnight.

In 1991 Ginsburg was recruited as a member of a steering committee to help bring focus and direction to the emerging Walton Arts Center. He has assisted in booking and directing jazz activities at Walton Arts Center and serves as their jazz curator.

In 1992 Robert founded the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to “…present, promote and preserve and celebrate jazz music in all of its forms.” For the past twenty two years the NAJS has brought world-class jazz musicians to N.W. Arkansas, created a scholarship program for music students wishing to further pursue their jazz education, and has sponsored a Summer Jazz Concert series which features regional and international artists in concerts together. Mr. Ginsburg has served as Executive Director of the NAJS since its inception.

Beginning in March, 2014 Ginsburg took on a new role as Front of House Manager for the new Walmart Amp, the 10,400 seat outdoor music pavilion in Roger Ark.

Ways to Connect

Charlie Parker, the legendary saxophonist and composer, was born 100 years ago this Saturday. Some of the area's most familiar jazz musicians will perform his music at George's Majestic Lounge that afternoon.

On today's show, we head to Eureka Springs to find out more about the $10 million redevelopment of Pine Mountain Theater and Village. Plus, we find out what it takes to become a wildlife rehabilitator and the need for more people in the profession. And, we have an interview with Fred Hersch, who will perform with the Fred Hersch Trio this Friday.


Courtesy / John Abbott

The Fred Hersch Trio performs at the Walton Arts Center Friday, Jan. 31. Hersch spoke with Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, about his music and the coma that kept him off the stage for some time.

On today's show, we hear from an architect about his, and other architects, responsibility to design buildings that fight climate change. Plus, Roby Brock and John Brummett discuss the do-right rule and how it applies to President Trump. And, Robert Ginsburg of KUAF's Shades of Jazz speaks with Freddy Cole, the brother of Nat King Cole, ahead of his performance at the Walton Arts Center.

Courtesy / Walton Arts Center

This weekend, just ahead of his 88th birthday, Freddy Cole will lead his quartet in a celebration of the music of his older brother, Nat King Cole. The concert is Saturday night at the Walton Arts Center.

Tonight's U.S. Pizza Jazz Jam includes some of the most familiar musicians in the area, as well as some of the youngest. The music begins at 7 p.m.

The 2019 KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series concludes Saturday night with two shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m., at the Guisinger Music House in Fayetteville.

courtesy: Crystal Brdiges Museum of American Art

The Charlie Hunter Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He talked to Robert Ginsburg, host of Shades of Jazz on KUAF, about his style and his career.

Since a 1930s prohibition on hemp farming was lifted last year by the federal government, more than a 100 hemp cultivation licenses have been issued in Arkansas. We visit a hemp farm in Washington County. Plus, more on the Buffalo National River Park's new designation as an International Dark Sky Park. And, Robert Ginsburg of KUAF's Shades of Jazz interviews Jonathan Kreisberg, whose only scheduled performance in mid-America takes place this weekend in Fayetteville.

Courtesy / Jimmy Katz

Jonathan Kreisberg's only scheduled performance in the middle of the United States this year is Saturday night at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville. It is the second concert in the 2019 KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series.