Shades of Jazz

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Sunday evening at six the NWA Jazz All Star ensemble will take the state, safely, at the Walton Arts Center. They'll be joined by Bobby Watson, the one-time music director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Robert Ginsburg talked with Watson for a preview of the concert.

As spring arrives, venues are beginning to carefully welcome musicians back to the stage. Robert Ginsburg, who is the long-time host of Shades of Jazz on KUAF 91.3 and the executive director of the NWA Jazz Society, provides details on some of the upcoming jazz performances.

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2020 wasn't a banner year for public health or public discourse, but Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, says it was a fine year for jazz.

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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.

Charlie Parker, the legendary saxophonist and composer, was born 100 years ago this Saturday. Some of the area's most familiar jazz musicians will perform his music at George's Majestic Lounge that afternoon.

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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.

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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

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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.