Reuben Jackson

Reuben was the host of Friday Night Jazz on VPR.

"O summer, summer, summertime." - Robert Hayden

Each season has its own music - its own powerful singularity. And we as individuals often alternately revel in - or curse - the specifics.

When I think of summer in Vermont, I am reminded of something a longtime resident of the Green Mountain State told me 30 plus years ago: "Reuben, a Vermont summer is a short story."

I think he was right.

Sunday June 9, 2013

A sleeping bandstand
I miss the crowds already
Jazzy souveniers.


Saturday June 8, 2013

A student asked if
I had a second career.
Yes. Chasing music.


Duke Ellington was the composer of American jazz standards such as Mood Indigo, sumptuous extended works like The Afro Eurasian Eclipse, The Far East Suite and three Sacred Concerts. He was also the consummate multitasker.


Clark Terry is a versatile and swinging 93 year-old trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and bandleader whose resume includes stints with Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He was the first African American musician in The Tonight Show Band. In 2010, Terry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Swinging Sequel

Apr 12, 2013

Tonight we continue our survey of Big Band Jazz (and jazz-related ensembles)in the first hour, then continue with new releases by Jason Marsalis, Mark Egan, Next Collective, Mimi Fox, and others.

April Blossoms

Apr 5, 2013

Hour One

-Duke Ellington And His Orchestra-Plays Music From Mary Poppins- Spoonful Of Sugar
-Rahsaan Roland Kirk-Kirkatron- Sugar
-Ben Webster- At The Renaissance- Ole Miss Blues
-Kyle Eastwood-The View From Here-The View From Here
-Roberta Martin-Twain- The Early Winter Trees
-Jill Sobule- Stone Soul Picnic
-Leni Stern-Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
-Gato Barbieri- Last Tango In Paris- Jeanne
-Juliet Greco-The Moment For A Song- One Day You'll See
-John Carisi- Springsville

Swingin' Into Spring

Mar 29, 2013

Tonight we'll walk March home with recordings from Etta James, Pink Martini-Charles Lloyd,
Gato Barbieri, Jimmy Scott and others.

Hour One

Hour One

Music For Mid March

Mar 15, 2013

Hour One

-Larry Coryell- Offering- Foreplay
-Wes Montgomery- A Day In The Life, Windy
-Emily Remler-East To Wes
-George Benson- Gotham City
-Sonny Sharrock- Hi Life- Chumpy
-Mary Halvorson-Bending Bridges- That Old Sound
-Pat Metheny- 80/81
-Trey Anastasio- Surrender To The Air-And Furthermore

Hour Two

-Charles Mingus- Me Myself An Eye- Devil Woman
-Hal Willner Presents Meditations On Mingus- Oh Lord- Don't Let Them Drop That Bomb On Me
-Tim Ries- The Rolling Stones Project-Wild Horses, Street Fighting Man

March Melodies

Mar 1, 2013

Hour One

-Arthur Blythe- Lenox Avenue Breakdown-Down San Diego Way
-Kevin Eubanks-The Mesesnger- Ghost Dog Blues
-Wayne Shorter Quartet- Without A Net- Plaza Real
-Weather Report- Live And Unreleased- Plaza Real
-Mark O'Conner Quintet- Suspended Reality- Johnny Griffin
-Enrico Rava- On The Dance Floor- Thriller
-Mimi Fox- Kicks-Loves Me Like A Rock
-Buddy Miles- Them Changes- Paul B. Allen, Omaha, Nebraska
-Ron Holloway-Groove Update-Chameleon

Hour Two

February Flowers

Feb 22, 2013

Spend this final Friday in the month of love (or seemingly endless grey skies)with spirit- lifting recordings from Terri Lynne Carrington, Alice Coltrane, Mimi Fox, Patricia Barber, Marvin Gaye, Branford Marsalis, among other aural delights!

Hour One

Mid-winter Melodies

Feb 8, 2013

Stiff arm that post-Super Bowl, mid-winter malaise with sounds from Oliver Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Enrico Rava, Frank Sinatra and others (Dancing shoes sold separately).

Hour One

February First

Feb 1, 2013

Hour One

Mid-January Bouquet

Jan 18, 2013

Celebrate the weekend and/or the month's halfway point with music from Ahmad Jamal, Geri Allen, Pharoah Sanders, James Brown et al.

Hour One

January Jive

Jan 11, 2013

Tonight we explore and celebrate well- known pop bands with jazz roots (Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower Of Power, Kool And The Gang),recordings with memorable cameos by jazz musicians (Phoebe Snow's Poetry Man)-performances of jazz standards by musicians such as guitarist Jeff Beck, as well as music by Gary Peacock, June Christy, Tom Waits, and War.

Hour One

January Jump

Jan 4, 2013

We begin 2013 with spirited and swinging performances by Quincy Jones, Claire Daley, Eddie Jefferson, Al Jarreau, and many more.

Hour One

Adieu, 2012

Dec 28, 2012

We bid 2012 adieu with memorable recordings by Mc Coy Tyner, Cleo Laine,Don Byron,Earth,Wind And Fire and others.Hour One

Holiday Hijinks

Dec 21, 2012

Treat your ears to an aural stocking stuffed with Holiday-related music by Tony Bennett-John Coltrane, Bob Dorough and Miles Davis - as well as bon bons from Elvis Costello, June Christy, Don Pullen, and more.

Hour One

Holiday Homestretch

Dec 14, 2012

Whether tree trimming, fretting over what to buy Uncle Fred this year, or slowing down after a typically busy week, welcome the weekend with music from Gato Barbieri,Al Jarreau, Billie Holiday, Hubert Laws, Max Roach, and others...

Hour One

December Dance

Dec 7, 2012

Groove along to jazz hits by Ramsey Lewis, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan and others in the first hour, as well as equally entrancing work by Marian Mc Partland, David Murray, Steve Lacy, and others.