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.


15 Pieces

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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
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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...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert continues his survey of Soul Jazz, the music that combines Rhythm and Blues and Jazz music.

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Jeff Rupert examines the earthy, funky, bluesy sound of Soul Jazz. To illustrate the genre, Jeff brings along Donald Byrd, Harold Mabern, Les McCan...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In Part Two of The Birth of the Cool, Jeff Rupert continues his look at the players who are a part of the movement. Including an alto sax player wh...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode of Jazz and the American Spirit, Jeff Rupert takes a look at jazz and the Birth of the Cool. But hasn’t jazz always been cool from ...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode of Jazz and the American Spirit Jeff Rupert continues surveying the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Did you know there...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this episode of Jazz and the American Spirit, Jeff Rupert talks about their musical partnership and checks out all things Billy Strayhorn and Du...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2021
  • 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 things women! Women in jazz is ...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Next up on Jazz and the American Spirit is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. Jeff Rupert talks about travelling, getting from point A to point B, a...

  • Added: Mar 01, 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,...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we continue our hard dive into the Hard Bop Movement, specifically the blues and the Hard Bop Movement. Art Blakey, the jazz drummer from...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Hard bop answers the question jazz musicians asked of what to do after Charlie Parker? Hard bop is an extension of bebop music. Journalists and rec...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Jazz and the American Spirit - host Jeff Rupert introduces us to the “Gunslingers”, the tenor sax players who first stepped out as sol...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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