Friday Night Jazz

Friday from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Reuben takes you on a new adventure every Friday night, exploring the great American invention called jazz.  You’ll explore the back roads and alleys of the genre, the musicians and standards you love, and experience that essential element of surprise.  Reuben also shares his in-depth knowledge of the stories behind the music.

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Friday Night Jazz
9:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Rickie Lee Jones Talks With Reuben Jackson

Rickie Lee Jones, Reuben Jackson, and Rickie Lee's dog, Juliet
Credit Tim Johnson VPR

Join Reuben Jackson tonight for an exclusive conversation with Rickie Lee Jones.  She stopped by our studios Thursday on her way to the Northeast Kingdom where she performs tonight at Lyndon State College. 

Jones talks with Reuben about her music, her inspiration, and her career.   More from Reuben on Rickie Lee Jones and her music in his blog post.

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Friday Night Jazz
6:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Celebrating A Year Of Friday Night Jazz

Brian McCarthy

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.

Friday Night Jazz
6:08 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Summer Is Its Own Jazz: Reuben's Favs

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson

"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.

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Jazz Fest In Haiku
9:45 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Reflections On The Jazz Fest

Reuben Jackson

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.

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Friday Night Jazz
6:12 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Reuben Jackson On Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

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.

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Friday Jazz
3:51 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Friday Night Jazz: Clark Terry Special

Jazzman Clark Terry lets his enthusiasm shine through as he conducts Trenton State College students in a band clinic on the southern New Jersey campus in February 1973.
Credit AP

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.

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Friday Jazz
8:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Swinging Sequel

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.

Friday Night Jazz
8:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

April Blossoms

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

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Friday Night Jazz
8:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Swingin' Into Spring

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

Hour One

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Friday Night Jazz
8:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Mellow (Late)March Music