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

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is coming to Walton Arts Center Sunday night for a big band holiday concert.  Wynton Marsalis explains the mission of the band.

The New York Standards Quartet will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday at Walton Arts Center.

Jazz Eureka will include a performance by Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis Saturday night.  

Ahead on this edition of Ozarks, Michael Tilley from The City Wire talks about a pair of announcements this week that mean a combined loss of 750 jobs in northwest Arkansas. Plus, a report from yesterday's symposium on food animal well-being at the University of Arkansas.

Four scholarship recipients play jazz inside the Firmin Garner Performance Studio as the annual Composer's Showcase approaches from the North Arkansas Jazz Society.

The Sons of Brasil will deliver the second installment in this year's KUAF Summer Jazz Series, this weekend at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. We hear from trumpeter and founder of the group Stan Kessler.