A Taste of Jazz

Mondays, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

A Taste of Jazz is mainstream jazz at its best featuring traditional straight-ahead jazz and the contemporary sounds of today’s top artist. Fresh big band are sprinkled in and we don’t shy away from tasteful jazz vocalist. From time to time we bring artist in for a chat and occasional live performances. The emphasis is on good jazz without a whole lot of chatter.

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Live In Studio
1:50 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lenore Raphael Recorded Live on A Taste of Jazz

Lenore Raphael

Lenore Raphael is a jazz pianist and educator heavily influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and George Shearing. On Monday, February 16, 2015 Lenore along with bassist Ron Pirtle and drummer Casey Dodd appeared in an intimate trio setting at the WFIT on-air studio with Taste of Jazz host Dave Fries for a 50 minute performance.

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Events
10:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Space Coast Jazz Society Presents - Annual SCJS Benefit featuring Big Jazz Band and Rising Stars

Space Coast Jazz Society Presents - Annual SCJS Benefit featuring Big Jazz Band and Rising Stars.

Like the 2014 SCJS Annual Benefit, this year’s annual benefit will feature rising jazz stars and the 17-piece Space Coast Jazz Big Band.

Don’t miss it. The event will be held on Sunday March 8 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM in the Cocoa Beach Country Club auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Student tickets are $5.

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Podcasts
7:08 am
Sat November 8, 2014

American Jazz Piano Competition - Interviews and Performances

American Jazz Piano Competition finalists from left to right: Addison Frei, Grant Richards, Gil Scott Chapman, Emmet Cohen and David Meder

On November 1st and 2nd, the nation's top ten young jazz pianists competed for over $10,000.00 in prizes in Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus in the first EVER American Jazz Pianist Competition.  Here are interviews and performances from the 5 finalists.

Gill Scott Chapman, 24, NJ - “ Being involved with the AJPC will help to accelerate my musical career, while also helping me to achieve some of the lofty goals I have set for myself in the process.”

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Station Announcement
12:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Maddy Winer On A Taste Of Jazz Tonight At 7PM

  Singer/songwriter Maddy Winer will be Dave Fries’ special guest tonight on A Taste of Jazz starting at 7pm.

Winer toured as a headliner in the stage show “North Carolina Is My Home,” written by and starring Loonix McGlohon and Charles Kuralt, which NPR aired as a television special.

Performing contemporary selections from the Great American Songbook she has become known for her effortless interpretation of jazz styling and has developed a loyal following.

Ms. Winer has opened for Dave Brubeck, Lou Rawls, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, George Shearing, Al Jarreau, Ellis Marsalis and a host of others.

We look forward to  an informal discussion of her experiences, her music and her love of jazz. Don't miss Maddy Winer tonight starting at 7pm, only on WFIT 89.5 FM!

Station Announcement
1:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Special Guest Dr. Jamie Younkin Tonight On A Taste Of Jazz

  Talented musician and Florida Tech's music chair Jamie Younkin will be a special guest on tonight's A Taste of Jazz with host Dave Fries.

Jamie will come by to talk about the latest happenings within the Florida Tech music program and bring along a personal favorite CD for listening and discussion.

Tonight's interview is part of a series with Jamie featuring music news and discussion airing the first Monday of every month. 

Tune in tonight to A Taste of Jazz from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an interview with Jamie Younkin only on WFIT, 89.5 FM. 

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