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

Bill Frisell is coming to northwest Arkansas to kick off the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series. This month, he talked with Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz.


Jazz in Bloom will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. The headliners this year are The Masakowski Trio from New Orleans. Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, talked with two of the members of the trio this month about the concert and their music.

Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz every Friday night at 10:00 on 91.3, shares his 11 favorite recordings from 2017. The list includes:

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Orchestra is a traditional jazz big band...with one exception...the musicians are all from area high schools. The band is chosen through audition and the young performers dedicate a dozen Sunday afternoons to rehearsal and receive valuable instruction, often one-on-one work, with some of the best musicians in the region. We get a sampling of the 2017 youth orchestra with student Liam O’Dell, a junior at Bentonville High School, and instructor Ben Harris, a guitarist extraordinaire.

Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz every Friday night at 10, arrives to our studio in time to tell us about live jazz for the holiday season.