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about Jazz After Hours

Jazz After Hours is the longest continuously running, nationally syndicated jazz program on the radio. In 2014, broadcaster and digital media artist Jeff Hanley began hosting the program, following an award winning 30 year run by the show’s creator, Jim Wilke. The four hour show celebrates and nurtures the constantly evolving music that is jazz. The music doesn’t sit still and neither does Jazz After Hours. Check out our Stations listing to find the program on your local public radio station or listen online with our on-demand streaming player. Read more >>

2024 Blue Note Jazz Festival and JALC

Join Jazz After Hours listeners in NYC for 6 nights in June with Wynton Marsalis at Blue Note Jazz Club

The Blue Note Jazz Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center—two renowned New York cultural institutions—come together for a landmark collaboration and display of unity. Jazz at Lincoln Center will hold a residency during the forthcoming 2024 Blue Note Jazz Festival, in which the legendary Wynton Marsalis performs six nights at the Blue Note Jazz Club June 11-16.

These performances mark a historic event as Marsalis—Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—headlines the Blue Note for the first time since 1991, and these two iconic cultural centers unite.

The extraordinary residency features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing June 11-13, and Wynton Marsalis with Future of Jazz Septet on June 14-16.

Tickets are on sale now.

 

photo by Frank Stewart

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Your music on Jazz After Hours

Are you a jazz musician with a new record you want the world to hear? Jazz After Hours accepts submissions of new jazz for airplay. No record promoter is required to have your music considered. The only requirements: quality, musicianship and originality. Our mission is to support and encourage the creation of fresh new jazz. Your new music could be broadcast and streamed worldwide on the PRX network. We do not accept physical copies. In the interest of everyone’s health, your budget, and the environment, only digital submissions are accepted. We accept studio quality recordings, in .wav, .mp3, .mp4, or .aiff file formats, delivered by download. Files must be properly named and accompanied by a one-sheet of information about you and your music. Questions? Contact us through the contact form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to hearing your new music.

Jazz After Hours Featured Video

DuRag - new from trumpeter Anthony Hervey

Anthony Hervey is an American trumpeter, composer, and teacher from South Florida. Wynton Marsalis described Hervey as a “beautiful trumpet player of the first magnitude.”

He made his international debut as a bandleader at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In February of 2020, he opened for the Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Rose Theater with a co-led Jazz quartet, Citizens of the Blues. He is also on Christian McBride’s Grammy Award winning Big Band Album, “For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver”. Anthony is featured acting and playing trumpet in the anthology series, Monsterland, airing on Hulu.

Hervey is an artist with firm musical roots who strives to understand the past while also giving meaning to Jazz in our present time. He views music as a force that can uplift and inspire. In the same way music has changed his life and brought him joy, he strives to spread that joy and change the lives of others through Jazz.

 

Programming philosophy

Jazz is yours to discover

With great affection and all due respect to its storied history and rich tradition, we think jazz music was never meant to be bronzed and put on a shelf. Captured, remembered, studied, even lionized, but not frozen in time. Jazz didn’t stop being great in 1947 or 1955 or 1968 or 1976. It’s pretty great in 2023.



Name a name, anyone in the pantheon of jazz greats. To a person, they once were young, feisty, likely impertinent. They sought to break the mold; dared to make mistakes; challenged the elders and the music that came before. That’s what jazz musicians do.



Each of those jazz musician once had their first gig. Their first recording session. Their first breakthrough moment and their first bad review. And believe it or not, there was a joyful moment when someone played their music on the radio for the first time. For some hard-working musician, that happens almost every week on Jazz After Hours.

The point being … jazz ain’t over.

Record stores come and record stores go. Most of them are long gone. Radio stations do the same. Technology changes, and while it closes some doors it opens many others. The critics and whiners are going to beat their chests and find every possible way to make a buck with a tired story about the death of jazz. People who haven’t bought a jazz record in 40 years are going to try to convince you that was the last great jazz. It wasn’t.

 Jazz is alive and very entertaining in 2023. We invite you to listen to what we play on Jazz After Hours and judge for yourself. 

These are the musicians you’ll be talking about for the next 20 or 30 years. They’re playing music today that is the future of jazz. It’s new, it’s fresh and it’s damn good. Don’t take our word for it. Listen each week on public radio. This is your discovery process.

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