Jazz New Orleans

Fridays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Hosted by

Fred Kasten.
Credit Tom Lowenberg

Every Friday night from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. enjoy two hours of the best jazz of the last 70 years — with a strong accent on New Orleans.

Award-winning producer and host Fred Kasten has programmed and presented great jazz on the radio for over 32 years, nearly 30 of those years at 89.9 WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, including three months just after Katrina when Kasten broadcast Saturday Night Jazz on WWNO live from his home in the Carrollton neighborhood of the Crescent City.

Kasten, who was recently profiled in the on-line edition of JazzTimes, launched his current program,Jazz New Orleans, in late April of 2013. He says that each episode features “two hours of the best jazz from the last 70 years, with a strong accent on New Orleans, and an extended conversation with a significant jazz artist, our “Player of the Week.”

Artists featured in the “Player of the Week” slot so far include Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Danny Barker, Germaine Bazzle, Wayne Shorter, Karrin Allyson, Eddie Palmieri and Horace Silver. Players currently scheduled for the weekly spotlight include Jason Marsalis, George Duke, Evan Christopher, Larry Vuckovich, Nicholas Payton, John Vidacovich, Anat Cohen and Steven Bernstein.

Learn more about Jazz New Orleans and keep up with what’s coming up on the program by liking the show’s Facebook page.

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Tonight on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) – An extended conversation with bass great Christian McBride, our Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week” – and will play Jazz Fest with his Big Band, featuring vocalists Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, on Sunday, May 3 . P lus A JAZZFEST PREVIEW – PART 3 OF 3 – with music from scheduled festival artists Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Topsy Chapman, Charles Lloyd, Deacon...

Jazz New Orleans Jazz Fest Preview — Part 2 Of 3

Apr 23, 2015

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays from 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) — An extended conversation with pianist and composer Monty Alexander, the Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week.” Alexander will play Jazz Fest with his Harlem-Kingston Express on Thursday, April 30. Plus, A Jazz Fest Preview – PART 2 OF 3 — with music from scheduled festival artists Cassandra Wilson, Jon Cleary, Leroy Jones, the Panorama Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint, Fredy...

Jazz New Orleans' Jazz Fest Preview — Part 1 Of 3

Apr 17, 2015

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays, 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) – An extended conversation with vocalist and visual artist Tony Bennett, our Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week” – plus A JAZZFEST PREVIEW – PART 1 OF 3 – with music from scheduled festival artists Ellis Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Garrett, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Astral Project, the Christian McBride Big Band, Cassandra Wilson, Donald Harrison,...

Jazz New Orleans Celebrates Carnival Time

Feb 13, 2015

Jazz New Orleans Jazz Christmas Party

Dec 19, 2014

Jazz New Orleans: Jazz Fest Weekend Update

Apr 25, 2014

This week on Jazz New Orleans : a Jazz Fest weekend update — featuring music by artists appearing this weekend, as well as Thursday and Friday next week — including George French, Branford Marsalis , Don Vappie , Connie Jones, Bob Wilber , Meschiya Lake, Dr. Michael White, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeremy Davenport and Stanton Moore. We'll also have an extended conversation with the Player of the Week, acclaimed vocalist Rene Marie.

Jazz New Orleans Helps You Plan For Jazz Fest

Apr 18, 2014

This week on Jazz New Orleans , the first of three Jazz Fest previews, each featuring great music by artists appearing at this year's 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This week's preview includes music by Chick Corea and his new band, The Vigil; Pharoah Sanders; Rene Marie; Al Jarreau; Allen Toussaint; Henry Butler; Germaine Bazzle and more... Plus an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" — and Jazz Journalists Association "Jazz Hero" — Harold...

March 14, 2014 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Apr 9, 2014

This week's Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten features an extended conversation with "Player of the Week" - singer Cindy Scott - whose new cd "Historia" is highly recommended - plus - music from Horace Silver, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Supersax, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Shirley Horn, Dr. Michael White, Tom McDermott, Tommy Flanagan, Paquito d'Rivera, Ray Brown - and more.

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

Dec 23, 2013

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten , two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

November 8, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Nov 18, 2013

This week's Jazz New Orleans features Tom McDermott, Terence Blanchard, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Rene Marie, John McLaughlin, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz , Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week", saxophonist and composer John Ellis.

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