Saturday Night Jazz

Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Cooling it down on Saturday nights with a hopping mix of great jazz, all from your host Jack Hopke.

Saturday Night Jazz is New Orleans' longest-running jazz program, where Hopke's commitment to nurturing America's original art form is displayed each week in his keen admixture of new works with classics and standards, of young contributors with icons of the genre, and of light-hearted accessibility with rewarding complexity.

The show offers a welcoming familiarity occasionally edged with surprise.  It's a mostly mainstream approach that nonetheless acknowledges the contemporary influences of rock, hip-hop and classical composition.

Hopke has been deeply involved with jazz not only in radio, but also through his extensive music industry experience, during which he nurtured the careers of numerous, well-known jazz performers. Overall, he is knowledgeable, respectful and loving of his charge — jazz music — and his charges who perform it, and his genial, witty presentation allows the listener to share a warm intimacy with and easy enjoyment of musical communication.

UNO Music Department

Jason Patterson returns to the WWNO studio to discuss upcoming plans for this season’s Jazz at the Sandbar.

Most may know Patterson for the managerial work he does at Snug Harbor, but he is also a part of a few non-profit organizations in New Orleans — including lending his talents to the New Orleans Jazz Celebration; a non-profit organization that he says acts as an umbrella organization helping to produce jazz series like A Nickel a Day and Jazz at the Sandbar.

Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson is one of the top alto saxophonists in jazz today.

A member of Wynton Marsalis's great late-1980s/early-90s septet — and longtime featured artist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — Anderson recently sat down with WWNO's Fred Kasten for a "Talkin' Jazz" interview at the Old U.S. Mint.