Reuben Jackson

Reuben was the host of Friday Night Jazz on VPR.

Whatever your celebrations, VPR Music has you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright.


Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a celebration of composers who had a "profound and enduring impact on a certain nerdy, young music lover growing up in Washington, D.C."

Broadcast April 29th at 10 a.m. and Monday, May 1st at 8 p.m.


VPR's Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a pre-Oscars celebration of the best in film scores. Music for films by Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, David Amram, Stan Getz, and many more.

Broadcast Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

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Nothing says "home for the holidays" like curling up with a mug of something warm, and putting on some holiday tunes. Reuben Jackson and VPR Music have you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright!

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The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of summer, music and community in Vermont. The festival began June 3 and wraps up on Sunday, so if you haven't made plans for the coming days yet, we've got you covered with a few suggestions for performances to check out.

April means many things: the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, National Poetry Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, and the first full month of Spring. This weekend, Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a program of works celebrating poetry, rebirth, jazz, and wonder.


Join Reuben Jackson, host of Where Have We Met Before, for his second annual pre-Academy Awards program. The show features selections from memorable Hollywood film scores by David Amram, Bernard Herrmann, Duke Ellington, Terrence Blanchard, and many others.

Broadcast Saturday 2/20 at 11 a.m. and Monday 2/22 at 8 p.m.

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Join Reuben Jackson on Friday Night Jazz this Friday night at 8 p.m. when he welcomes alto saxophonist Brian McCarthy for a preview of "The Better Angels Of Our Nature."

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It's time once again for the insights and selections of our favorite musical cross-pollinator. This month, VPR's Reuben Jackson takes us through the world of contemporary American opera.

October features an interview with Peter Stopschinski, whose Bum Phillips: An All American Opera recently premiered in Houston, where Phillips was coach of the Houston Oilers.  We'll also hear jazz-tinged versions of works by Samuel Barber, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and others.

Broadcast Monday, October 26th at 8 p.m.


Each month, VPR's Reuben Jackson explores the cross-pollination between jazz and classical works, and artists that are "beyond category." For the August edition of Where Have We Met Before, we'll explore classical works by Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, plus compositions by Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms interpreted by jazz artists Bill Frisell and Kurt Elling.


Join VPR's Reuben Jackson for a special this Saturday morning on VPR Classical called Where Have We Met Before: Classical Pieces By Pop Icons. We'll hear works by Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Vernon Duke and others.

Listen on VPR Classical at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th, and 8 p.m. on Monday, July 6th.


Join Reuben Jackson, the host of VPR's Friday Night Jazz, this Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. and Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical. Jackson hosts a Jazz Appreciation Month special exploring the ongoing relationship between jazz and the European Classical tradition. We'll hear works by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, George Duke, Ornette Coleman and others.  

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Alice Schroeder, a senior at Burlington High School, will be singing four sublime, arresting originals this Friday night on Friday Night Jazz, and accompanying herself on piano. In between songs we'll discuss her musical influences, compositional approach and her future plans.

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Join host Reuben Jackson at 11 a.m. on VPR Classical this Saturday, Feb. 21 for a pre-Oscar special called Listening to the Movies.

In the hour-long program, we’ll celebrate evocative music from classic Hollywood soundtracks by Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann, David Raksin, Duke Ellington and others. 


The first hour of this week's edition of Friday Night Jazz will feature music from Vermont's own Eight 02 - a quartet who describes their lyrical, funky and daring work as "accessible jazz fusion."

The selections, performed and recorded at VPR's Colchester studio, were interspersed with an equally compelling interview.

Broadcast Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8 p.m. on VPR.

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On Nov. 27, 2014, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix would have turned 72 years old. To celebrate his legacy, I’ve chosen five of my favorite Hendrix compositions. Choosing just five is like choosing my favorite Vermont fall day – nearly impossible to do.

I hope you enjoy my top five choices as much as I do.

1. Machine Gun. This searing, mournful anti-war title from Jimi's 1970 Band Of Gypsys album finds his fluid guitar work and blues drenched vocals in fine form. In this piece, he's joined by bassist Billy Cox and drummer/vocalist Buddy Miles.

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Trumpeter-flugelhornist Ray Vega is my guest on Friday Night Jazz this Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.

Vega is a veteran of seminal Latin Jazz ensembles led by Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Johnny Pacheco and many others. He has also worked with Paul Simon, The Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Duke Ellington Orchestra.


I would love late spring in Vermont (and it was a tad tardy this year, wasn't it?) even if it didn't mean it was time for Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival. But if you are as enthralled with the sound of saxophones as you are with, say, the joy of a maple creemee…well, this is your time of year.

I’m looking forward to taking part in this year’s festival in many ways, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride:

Like many of you, my introduction to vocalist-composer Rickie Lee Jones came via the sly, sublimeswing of her hit single "Chuck E.'s In Love". It seemed as if everyone-friends, the butcher-the family doctor-was either singing, humming or whistling the song.   

They were not alone. I, too, was smitten.

Friday, August 30th, 2013, 8p.m.  It's hard to believe it, but Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson turns one next week! To celebrate, you'll hear a live taped performance of saxophonist Brian McCarthy.  He'll be playing with Paul Asbell on guitar, Rob Morse on bass, and Jeff Salisbury on drums.  Reuben Jackson will round out the program with requests that have come in from listeners.  Listen Friday night at 8.