Shades of Jazz

Fridays at 10 P.M. on 91.3 FM plus Saturdays at 11 a.m. on KUAF 3

Robert Ginsburg has been producing KUAF's jazz program, Shades of Jazz, since 1980. The program focuses on a blend of contemporary and classic jazz recordings (from Armstrong to Zawinul and Adderly to Zorn) with
features that include new releases, interviews with touring artists, in-studio performances and guest hosts from our region.

Serving as Jazz Curator for Walton Arts Center and Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society, Robert brings an insider's perspective to the show with a keen ear to what's happening on the jazz scene.

Courtesy / Lauren Desberg

The Emmet Cohen Trio will perform at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 5. The performance will take place in Baum Walker Hall with social distancing policies in effect. Ahead of the show, we hear from the musician about his work, about getting better in jazz clubs in New York City and why his fellow musicians have been so important to him during the pandemic.

Courtesy / John Abbott

The Fred Hersch Trio performs at the Walton Arts Center Friday, Jan. 31. Hersch spoke with Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, about his music and the coma that kept him off the stage for some time.

Courtesy / NWA Jazz Society

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society's Jazz Youth Ensemble is preparing for its fourth season. Registration to audition for the 12-week program is open now. Robert Ginsburg, founder and president of the Jazz Society and producer of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, discusses what young musicians can expect.

Courtesy / Jimmy Katz

Jonathan Kreisberg's only scheduled performance in the middle of the United States this year is Saturday night at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville. It is the second concert in the 2019 KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series.

John Patitucci Comes to the Walton Arts Center

Nov 19, 2018
Courtesy / Tore Sætre / Wikimedia

John Patitucci, one of the most respected bass guitarists in jazz, will be at the Walton Arts Center this December. Patitucci spoke with Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, ahead of the performance.

On this edition of Ozarks at Large, music recorded earlier this year at KUAF during live editions of our local music shows. We hear from the band Silver Moon as they performed on The Pickin' Post with Mike Shirkey, blues guitarist Buddy Shute from his performance on the Generic Blues Show with Paul Kelso, and The Claudia Burson Trio and several friends during a live edition of Shades of Jazz with Robert Ginsburg.

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.  

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