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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Robert Ginsburg is the host of Shades of Jazz on KUAF, and has been for more than thirty-six years.  The Jazz Journalists Association is honoring him as a Jazz Hero.

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Ana Cohen has been named the top clarinetist in jazz for eight consecutive years by the Jazz Journalists Association. She will play two concerts Saturday night at Walton Arts Center. This week Robert Ginsburg, the host of Shades of Jazz on KUAF, talked to Anat.

Remembering the First KUAF Fundraiser

Oct 8, 2015

The first KUAF fundraiser was not the on-air kind of fundraiser you've heard this week. It was a concert downtown called the Toast and Jam.

On this episode of the podcast, we dig into our archives to bring you local jazz, performed in 2005 and 2006 during the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series, and from 2014 during a live edition of Shades of Jazz.

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