The popular Nippertown column, Jazz2K – J Hunter’s more-or-less monthly review of some the best new jazz album releases – is about to jump off of your computer screen and onto your radio.
Hunter’s new weekly radio show “Jazz2K” will make its debut Tuesday (June 4) WSPN 91.1FM in Saratoga Springs. Hunter is a former radio announcer for Q104/WQBK in Albany and KSJS in San Jose, California. And in addition to Nippertown, Hunter also writes about jazz for All About Jazz and State of Mind.
As the title suggests, “Jazz2K” will focus on the ever-evolving state of jazz in the 21st century, with the focus on new releases and a general emphasis on the artists who are continually re-shaping the genre. Encompassing traditional, Latin, fusion, world music, avant garde, jam band and more, “Jazz2K” listeners can expect to hear everything from Ahmad Jamal, Christian McBride and Dave Douglas to Medeski Martin & Wood, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
“Jazz2K” reflects J’s belief that most jazz radio programming relies too much on the past, at the expense of the players making great music right now. “I’ve got good friends in this area who do an exemplary job representing this music on the air, and given the lack of support this genre receives from the media in general, I salute anyone who’s playing jazz on-air,” says Hunter. “That said, I believe jazz radio as a whole spends too much time on the repertory end of the spectrum. If we’re going to grow a jazz audience, we have to showcase how rich and varied and global this music has become. Most importantly, we need to show this generation that jazz this is their music, too – and the best way to do that is to play the artists that are moving this genre forward.”
“Jazz2K” will be broadcast from 6-8pm on Tuesday evenings WSPN (91.1FM), which can be streamed online.