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.

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Spring is underway, which means the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series will soon return. Robert Ginsburg, host of Shades of Jazz and executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society, gives us a preview of this year's series and of the annual Jazz in Bloom event, set for May 5 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

On this edition of Ozarks, Fayetteville primary care physician, Dr. John Furlow operates what’s called a direct primary care medical practice. He accepts no insurance, and we have more details on today’s show. Plus, we learn what we can do to reduce the possibility of stroke, and Bonnie Montgomery says her parents’ music store had a big influence on her. We speak with Montgomery ahead of her performance later this month in Fayetteville.

The Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart Jazz Trio will be on stage Friday night at Walton Arts Center's Starr Theatre. Earlier this month, Robert Ginsburg, the host of Shades of Jazz Friday nights on 91.3, caught up with organist Larry Goldings and guitarist Peter Bernstein about their careers in music.

On today’s show, we hear how Bentonville Public Schools has implemented a student safety tipline to help ward off danger. Plus three-time Grammy nominee Alfredo Rodriguez explains how he brings the musical influences of his life in Cuba to his recordings and live performances. And Becca Martin Brown gives us a list of things to see this week.

courtesy: Walton Arts Center

Cuban-born pianist Alfredo Rodriguez will perform with Pedrito Martinez at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Robert Ginsburg, host of Shades of Jazz every Friday at 10 p.m. on 91.3, recently spoke with Rodriguez about his music.