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 (friesd@fit.edu). 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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1:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Dave Fries' Jazz Pick- Bill McBirnie Trio

Consummate Canadian jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album (his sixth) which departs, in a significant way, from all three of his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects (Mercy with Robi Botos; Paco Paco with Bernie Senensky; and Nature Boy with Mark Eisenman). On Find Your Place, Bill has placed the flute in a very unlikely setting—as part of an organ trio!

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Music
12:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Dave Fries' Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Fries of A Taste of Jazz's favorite albums of 2013, listed in no particular order: 

  • Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Bennett shows that his skills and interests go far beyond that of channeling any of his stylistic predecessors like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, et al. Once a member of the original Hot Club Detroit, Bennett stays within the mainstream repertoire, covering several go Goodman’s most famous records. This album blazes its own path with Dave’s clarinet skills while still paying tribute to his mentors.

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Station Announcement
2:09 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

WFIT Holiday Specials 2013

Snuggle up with WFIT this holiday season!

Let WFIT be the soundtrack to your holiday celebrations this season with our music specials! From classic Christmas music to jazz and blues to heartwarming and thought-provoking NPR stories, we've got the sounds of the season.

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Events
12:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Taste of Jazz features Live Music Monday December 23

Tune in for a live jazz jam on Monday December 23rd at 7pm.

As a special holiday treat show host, Dave Fries will present a live set on A Taste of Jazz featuring five outstanding local musicians. The quartet will consist of the twin tenor saxophones of Dan & Dexter Wilborn with an all-star rhythm section featuring Matt Heister on guitar, the superb Acoustic Bass of Ron Pirtle anchored by the versatile Nick Chirico on drums.

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