Friday Night Jazz

Ray Vega's Latin Jazz Sextet will perform during VPR's Friday Night Jazz Pledge Party on Friday, September 14.
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Join VPR in putting the fun in fundraising at our first-ever Friday Night Jazz Pledge Party on Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

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This Friday night, trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega takes over as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

To introduce you to the man behind the music, we asked Vega to share a few tracks that have played a significant role in his life and provide a peek at what he keeps on regular rotation.

Musician, composer and educator Ray Vega is the new host of Friday Night Jazz on VPR.
Seth Cashman

Trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega will join Vermont Public Radio this month as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson will leave VPR in April 2018.

Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, has announced that he will leave VPR next April. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.

“Needless to say, the opportunity to share music I truly love with an audience of devoted listeners for five years has been - and will continue to be for awhile longer - an immense joy,” Reuben wrote in an email to staff. “I want to thank VPR for the unexpected opportunity and for the chance to return the world of radio.”

Reuben Jackson's listening party on July 20 will feature Brian McCarthy's new release, 'The Better Angels Of Our Nature'.
Photo: Seth Cashman / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Listen now as Reuben Jackson speaks with local saxophonist, educator, composer, Brian McCarthy discussing material from his riveting new release The Better Angels Of Our Nature.

Artist, Melanie Webb

A photography project featuring students just setting out after high school, a jazz concert with local favorite Audrey Bernstein and national and international circus stars in performance are some of the events you can add to your social calendar!

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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.

Photo courtesy, Brian McCarthy

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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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. 

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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.

Photo credit, Angela Evancie, VPR

Join Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz for a performance by vocalist Audrey Bernstein recorded live in the VPR Performance Studio. Bernstein and her ensemble will scare away any Halloween Night jitters with selections from her forthcoming recording.  Jackson will also feature new music from Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Sergio Mendez and many others.

Broadcast on Friday, October 31st at 8 p.m.

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.

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