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.


68 Pieces

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This week, it's all about the story tellers, story telling through music, the Great American Songbook, and the passion for being yourself and showi...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, Jeff Rupert dives into the work of Jimmy Lunceford. As one of jazz’s most influential bandleaders during the swing era, you won’t want t...

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  • Added: May 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week Jeff checks out jazz’s notable Hammond organ players. Put on your sunglasses, take a slow drive through town and tune in to Jazz and The ...

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  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, Jeff examines the amorous side of life and how artists convey that through music. Check it out on this episode of Jazz and The American ...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode, host Jeff Rupert looks at jazz artists following the mantra of Clark Terry on how to learn to play: Imitate, Emulate, Assimilate, ...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, Jeff Rupert examines the deep roots of Memphis, specifically Memphis horn players like Hank Crawford, George Coleman, Louis Smith and mo...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week Jeff Rupert checks out the Memphis Scene, specifically Memphis piano players like Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, Donna Brown, Harold Mab...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week's episode may cause you to seek penance from your musical spiritual advisor. Jeff talks about the "Devil's Interval" and what it means to...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff checks out the compositional prowess of jazz musicians, including: Tadd Dameron, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Par...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode of Jazz and the American Spirit, host Jeff Rupert, celebrates the luck of the Irish in this jazz salute to St. Patrick’s Day!

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • 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...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In this Jazz and the American Spirit to commemorate Women’s History Month, Jeff Rupert discusses and listens to all thing's women! Women in jazz is...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert's theme this week on Jazz and the American Spirit is “Here Comes The Sun!” Listen as Jeff showcases music by artists like Stanley Turre...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week host Jeff Rupert talks about the real king of swing, the drummer who set them all on fire, Chick Webb and his famous orchestra!

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, host Jeff Rupert takes a look at the role of the guitar player in a jazz band, and we learn about some r...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2022
  • Length: 58:58
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, host Jeff Rupert takes a step away from the literal and concrete aspects of life to do a little daydream...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit, Host Jeff Rupert is checking out some dynamic duos! And we are not talking about Batman and Robin! Jeff ...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • 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 ...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1959 the Dodgers won the World Series, Dwight Eisenhower is President, Rod Serlings Twilight Zone premiers on TV and it was a very good year for...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week’s Jazz and the American Spirit is all about learning and how people learn. Host Jeff Rupert takes a deep dive into how jazz artists learn...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2