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About Jazz After Hours

With great affection and all due respect to its storied history and rich tradition, 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. Name a name, someone in the pantheon of jazz greats. To a person, they once were young, feisty, even impertinent. Breaking the mold, daring to make mistakes, challenging their elders and what came before. Every jazz musician 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 first time someone played their music on the radio.

The point being…jazz ain’t over. Record stores come and record stores go. 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 think that was the last great jazz. Don’t believe ‘em. Listen to what we play on Jazz After Hours. It’s new, it’s fresh and it’s damn good. More importantly, it’s just a slice of what’s happening in jazz.

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. Don’t take my word for it. Listen for yourself. There’s plenty of great new jazz to go around. Jazz After Hours is on public radio every week to help you find what’s new. This is your discovery process.