WDCB 90.9fm Makes Significant Additions to its Jazz Programming Lineup

By Ken Scott

Chicago jazz station WDCB 90.9fm Listeners-Supported Jazz & Blues is making significant increases to its jazz programming by adding a number of popular jazz programs from National Public Radio and additional sources.

WDCB announces that it has added the popular NPR program JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mondays at 7 p.m.  JazzSet offers listeners a front row seat to live music worldwide featuring artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tootie Heath, Cassandra Wilson and Jason Moran, as well as local musicians Nicole Mitchell, Geof Bradfield, Dee Alexander.

Another solid addition to the new WDCB jazz lineup is Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.  Also distributed by NPR, Song Travels is hosted by the well-known singer and pianist Michael Feinstein. Each week a different artist is profiled on the show, selected from the genres of jazz, Broadway, folk, gospel and more.

WDCB also announces the addition of high-profile NPR program Piano Jazz, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Hosted for more than 30 years by legendary pianist (and one-time Chicagoan) Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz features a combination of interview and performance as McPartland welcomes prominent musicians from the world of jazz. WDCB's weekly broadcasts of Piano Jazz draws from NPR's archive of more than 700 hours of programs McPartland hosted, along with a few seasons of more recent shows hosted by former Chicago resident Jon Weber.

Piano Jazz is followed each Wednesday evening by Night Lights, a jazz history program hosted by David Brent Johnson. Focusing roughly on the years between 1945 and 1990, Night Lights tells the story of jazz artists, cities and themes through sound, story and song. Night Lights airs Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m.

Chicago jazz favorite Rick O'Dell also joins WDCB to produce and host The Sunday Jazz Brunch, debuting on Feb. 9 and airing weekly on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The new program is produced specifically for WDCB and will feature contemporary jazz instrumentals and vocals, blending such established artists as Ramsey Lewis, David Sanborn, Diana Krall and George Benson with newer Chicago artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Gregory Porter. The program wiill be followed by The Sounds of Brazil with Scott Adams (moving from Wednesday nights), Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. WDCB's long-time Afro-Cuban jazz program The Mambo Express hosted by Victor Parra subsequently move to one hour later in the lineup, as will the remainder of Sunday's jazz schedule DCB Jazz and Marshall Vente's Jazz Tropicale.

WDCB's flagship jazz program "DCB Jazz" airs Mondays to Friday, midnight to 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 to 10 a.m.; and Sundays, 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.

WDCB continues its commitment to folk/roots/Americana programming Mondays and Tuesday from 8 p.m. to midnight by adding more local folk/roots music. On Mondays from 10 to 11 p.m., Bill Margeson and Imelda Brogha will present House Party, a high-spirited hour of bluegrass, Celtic and Cajun music that spotlights all three forms while celebrating the commonality between them. Also on Tuesdays, WDCB's popular folk music program Folk Festival is extended an hour. The now three-hour show, hosted by Lilli Kuzma, airs from 8 to 11 p.m., and includes traditional and contemporary folk, with doses of related and influenced styles, like folk-rock, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic, world and Americana.

About WDCB Public Radio

WDCB 90.9fm is a listener-supported public radio station serving Chicagoland and the world through its dedicated audio stream at WDCB.org. The station airs more than 125 hours of jazz weekly and is widely-acknowledged as "Chicago's Jazz Station." The popular station also provides blues and folk/Americana music, local news and more. WDCB also hosts and sponsors numerous concerts throughout the year, as well as other free programming provided at WDCB's headquarters at College of DuPage and at venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

More information about WDCB's programming is available at WDCB.org, or contact Marketing Coordinator Ken Scott at (630) 942-3716, scottk@cod.edu.