This magazine style program based on Don Wolff’s popular jazz radio show, I Love Jazz, showcases his depth of musical knowledge and appreciation of the historical jazz tradition. As a local renowned jazz authority, Don’s insightful interviews reveal his dedication to music education and his personal love of jazz.
This special program highlights Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the Jazz programs there. Musical guest Professor Rick Haydon – head of the Jazz Studies program at SIUE talks jazz with Don and performs with a quartet. In our education segment, Building Blocks of Jazz, Rick joins Phil Dunlap to discuss rhythm guitar in jazz music. From Don Wolff’s archives, our Jazz Gem features the great 7-string guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli. You’ll meet our “Rising Stars of Jazz” – students from the SIUE Jazz program. And catch the conclusion of our two-part exclusive interview with Bassist Stanley Clarke.
The St. Louis Greats: Bach to the Future, Jim Manley, and More!
Archives program with never seen performances by Bach to the Future, Jim Manley, Reggie and Mardra Thomas, Don and Alicia Cunningham, and Rick Haydon.
This I Love Jazz program features the saxophone. We travel to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Whitaker Music Festival to share a performance with world renowned baritone saxophonist, Hamiet Bluiett. Building Blocks of Jazz visits Saxquest, a one-of-a-kind shop and museum in South St. Louis to learn about the history of the saxophone. On Jazz Gems, we feature DIVA, an all-women jazz group recorded back in 2002. And we tag along with Hamiet Bluiett as he shares his commitment to jazz education working with students from the Sunrise Conservatory.
I Love Jazz travels to the Focal Point in Maplewood and captures a performance of "Bach to the Future" a group that takes Classical music and themes and gives it a jazz twist with a mixture of modern instruments and jazz time signatures. Correspondent Cordell Whitlock visits St. Louis Jam sessions and finds this tradition of experience shared, limits expanded, and new talent developed is right at home here in our town. Our "Jazz Gem" features Italian jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello, performing Chopin as you've never heard it before. And on "Building Blocks of jazz", Phil Dunlap and his guest look at jazz drumming and drummers.
There are 44 more episodes of I Love Jazz.