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Jazz in the Night

About the Program: Jazz in the Night

From the traditional jazz of Louis Armstrong to the best in today's new jazz from young artists like Eldar Djangirov, from swinging singers to cooking Latin jazz, with plenty of bebop and ballads to boot, Jazz in the Night brings you a wide array of great jazz every Monday through Friday evening from 9 to midnight. On Wednesday from 10 to 11 p.m., Bob presents four of the best new discs on the "New Release Spotlight." And your requests are more than welcome.

About the Host: Bob McWilliams

Bob McWilliams, who earned his B.A. and M.A. in history at the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, far prefers radio to law.

He's hosted jazz programs on KANU and KPR since 1983, and became jazz director and Jazz in the Night's weeknight host in 1996. He also did graduate work in jazz history with the late Dick Wright.

He co-hosted the Flint Hills Special for many years, and has produced and hosted Trail Mix, blending contemporary and traditional celtic, folk, bluegrass and beyond, since it began in 1994.

He's also active in teaching U.S. History at Johnson County Community College, and is a passionate St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan, as well as an avid if not particulary talented tennis player. Somehow, he also finds time to be an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and indulges his news habit with three daily newspapers and numerous magazines. Bob also founded the nonprofit West Side Folk concert series in Lawrence.

"To me, there's nothing quite like 'goosebump music,' the music that makes time slow down and draws you in, away from everything else, and leaves you with goosebumps," Bob said. "I hope listeners enjoy the music on many levels, but I also hope that, on occasion, I can leave them with 'goosebump' moments."

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  • Monday 9pm-Tuesday 12am
  • Tuesday 9pm-Wednesday 12am
  • Wednesday 9pm-Thursday 12am
  • Thursday 9pm-Friday 12am
  • Friday 9-10pm

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