Starting on the first weekday in September, Jazz88 is rolling out new programs and moving some favorites to new times.
On Monday evenings, Minnesota Jazz Tracks moves earlier, to 7 p.m., while Jazz@MPS airs an hour later at 9. Then at 10, we are pleased to debut Jazz Inspired. Host/pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael visits with luminaries from the worlds of music, film, theater, literature and the sciences about the creative process, and the inspiration they find in jazz. Hear the music and the conversation each Monday at 10 p.m.
Tuesday nights find the essential sounds and ideas of Jazz Night In America moving to 7 p.m. Then we welcome the International Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show to Jazz88. Produced in association with its namesake club in London and hosted by singer/comic Ian Shaw, the show presents an up-to-date music mix and conversations with leading worldwide players. Our debut features a chat with Welsh-born, New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Judith Owen. Hear Ronnie Scott’s each Tuesday night at 8. Another Jazz88 debut follows for Jammin’ Jazz with Michelle Sammartino. Subtitled “Jazz for the New Generation,” the program shows off players who build on a century of improvisational music tradition and carry it forward. Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Bad Plus, Galactic, and Soulive make appearances on the program. Jammin’ Jazz runs 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays.
Sundays starting September 9th find Big Band Scene moving to 6 p.m., The Bing Shift to 7, and Sinatra & Friends to 8. Closing out Sundays will be a new program featuring classic and current big bands and crooners, Simply Timeless with Jay Daniels, from 9 to 11 p.m.
These changes reflect our desire to respect the past, present, and future of jazz, as well as the preferences of our longtime and new listeners. The programs leaving the schedule have all ended production. The best of Butch Thompson’s Jazz Originals will stream on the Minnesota Jazz Tracks channel each Sunday at 6 p.m. Access it via jazz88.fm or the TuneIn app.