Jazz and the American Spirit

Series produced by WUCF

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Jazz and the American Spirit examines the great stories of Jazz across America by looking at and listening to the musicians who have created it. Hosted by saxophonist and University of Central Florida Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Rupert.

Each week "Jazz and the American Spirit" examines the great stories of Jazz across America by telling the stories of the musicians who have created it. Saxophonist and University of Central Florida Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Rupert hosts the program, and thru music and storytelling he demonstrates how jazz is deeply connected to the history of America. Music featured in each week's program will paint a picture of America, thru jazz. Produced by WUCF FM 89.9, Orlando, Florida.


33 Pieces

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Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelley. What do they all have in common? In 1959 ...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Next up on Jazz and the American Spirit, we examine love lost, hard times, the unattainable and the siren song in jazz. Join our host, Jeff Rupert,...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Why are there no Conductors in Jazz bands? There are in orchestras. In this episode, Jeff Rupert tells you how it works in Jazz, with “Ad Hoc Condu...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, host Jeff Rupert continues his deep dive into great tenors. No, not Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Jeff’...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, host Jeff Rupert examines the great tenors. No, not Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Jeff’s talking about ...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz And The American Spirit, Jeff Rupert examines the relationship between good country people, country music and jazz music.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Take a musical journey through Europe with Jeff Rupert and Jazz and the American Spirit when he shares great jazz centered around the musical theme...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, Jeff Rupert is checking out the season of Summer! Take a deep musical dive into everything Summer is abo...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In this show, Jeff Rupert illuminates how you “Keep Up With the Joneses” in jazz. How? By paying attention to the Jones brothers from Detroit: Hank...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert continues his look and listen to musicians who can “play pretty.” Instead of how many notes, how fast or how complex the arrangement be...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert takes a listen to musicians who can “play pretty”. Instead of how many notes, how fast or how complex the arrangement being played, Jef...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Host Jeff Rupert continues to trace the evolution of one of the great American inventions, the Big Band! In this show we hear great examples from T...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Host Jeff Rupert traces the evolution of one of the great American inventions, the Big Band! He explains how jazz bands go from polyphony to homoph...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In this show, called “Coltrane Takes a Leap,” host Jeff Rupert takes a listen to the transition in the sound of tenor saxophone player, John Coltra...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert examines the Old Testament and New Testament Count Basie bands. What’s that about? Fire-and-brimstone-knock-you-down big band verses th...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert introduces us to the “Gunslingers”, the tenor sax players who first stepped out as soloists with the regional swing bands. The hotbed f...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jazz and the American Spirit host Jeff Rupert takes a look and listen to how a dance song by a guy from New Brunswick, New Jersey changed jazz. Tha...

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  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This is Part Two of Gabriel’s Trumpet Section. That is the name for Duke Ellington’s horn soloists, including Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance,...

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  • Added: May 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week is all about Gabriel's Trumpet section. That, of course, is Duke Ellington's trumpet section. The great soloists, Cat Anderson, Clark Ter...

  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert continues checking out the music that was released and recorded in 1959. Up this week is Joao Gilberto, Miles Davis, Abbey Lincoln and ...

  • Added: May 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00