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Robert Ginsburg

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 KUAF. The program, Shades of Jazz, airs on Friday and Saturday nights from at 10 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 assisted in booking and directing jazz activities at center and serves as its jazz curator.

In 1992, Robert founded the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to “…present, promote and preserve and celebrate jazz music in all of its forms.” For the past 22 years, the NAJS has brought world-class jazz musicians to Northwest Arkansas, created a scholarship program for music students wishing to further pursue jazz education, and sponsored a Summer Jazz Concert series featuring regional and international artists. Ginsburg 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 Walmart Amp, a 10,400-seat outdoor music pavilion in Rogers.