BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM Minneapolis 2005 - KFAI 90.3/106.7 Fm
The nighttime is the right time for jazz radio. It has actually been proven in the lab that saxophones, diminished chords, and recitations of album-jacket personnel lists sound 30 percent better after 10:00 p.m. Mindful of this fact, KFAI presents jazz Monday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. through midnight, round about which anything can happen. Fresh Air has long been about the only place in town that'll touch the outer reaches of jazz, and many of the station's weeknight jazz slots pay special attention to the avant-garde (past or present), but fans of straight-ahead fare are not neglected. Scott Hreha hosts Monday night's One Final Note, which focuses on independent releases and progressive sounds. Recent programs include an in-depth preview of Randy Weston's Dakota show and a birthday tribute to William Parker, arguably jazz's greatest living upright bassist. On Tuesday it's Rhythm and Grooves with longtime Twin Cities music maven Larry Englund, who spins hard bop and soul jazz, and is a reliable judge of all things gutsy, blues, and swinging. Emel Sherzad takes over on Wednesday for International Jazz Conspiracy, a weekly survey of experimental jazz, avant-garde, fusion, world music, and left-of-center rock. Finally, Thursday's Collective Eye, hosted by Janis Lane-Ewart, ranges from bebop to avant-garde and does an excellent job of highlighting women in jazz (instrumentalists and vocalists). KFAI also offers a jazz-dominated pair of shows on Saturday mornings: Dee Henry Williams's A Great Blend Of Watercolors (6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and Bill Cottman's Mostly Jazz (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.).