A Taste of Jazz

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

A Taste Of Jazz is mainstream jazz at its best hosted by Dave Fries. The classic sounds are highlighted with artists like Davis, Coltrane, Brubeck and Mingus as well as the contemporary sounds of today’s headliners like Brad Mehladu, Stacy Dillard, Joshua Redman and so many others. Contemporary big bands are sprinkled in and we don’t shy away from tasteful jazz vocalists. What you won’t hear is smooth jazz or recordings prior to the 1950’s. The emphasis here is good jazz without a whole lot of chatter.

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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. 

Station Announcement
2:37 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Guitarist Tom Hueston On A Taste Of Jazz

 Jazz Guitarist Tom Hueston will be a special guest on A Taste of Jazz this Monday, April 28, 2014. Tom is a teacher and very special performer. He was Matt Heister's first guitar teacher and also helped launch the career of Jeff McLaughlin. 

Tom is one of only a handful of people in the world who can play bass pedals as the same time he plays guitar! This blend of two instruments in this way will bring a unique sound to his performance. We will talk about his teaching techniques, the physics of playing two instruments at the same time, one with his hands and the other with his feet, and listen to some tracks he has recorded with other local musicians.   

Join Dave Fries this Monday following All Things Considered for an evening of the very best in jazz and a fun filled as well as informative set by Tom Hueston.

Station Announcement
10:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Special Guests On A Taste Of Jazz & Freedom In The Groove April 21

Tim Renshaw on A Taste of Jazz at 7pm

 Tim Renshaw will be Dave Fries' special guest on A Taste of Jazz  Monday, April 21. Tim is an accomplished pianist with a vocal style all his own and will bring a touch of jazz roots to public radio.

A native of South Dakota, Tim has a colorful history in music from rock to country, from blues to jazz. His style is unique and his jazz is true.

Join us Monday at 7:00 for A Taste of Jazz with Tim Renshaw. It will be an evening to remember.

Bill Kirchner on Freedom in the Groove at 10pm

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