The Return of “Jazz &…”
Disc jockey Barbara Kaiser – who was the host of the long-running WRPI-FM weekly radio show “Jazz &…” – is back behind the microphone, but she isn’t returning to the RPI radio station.
Instead, she’s taken her “Jazz &…” show to the internet, where she can be heard at Live365.com. Her three-hour show plays continuously 24 hours a day.
“So if you wake up at 3am and want to play it, it’s there,” explains Kaiser. “It’s a new venture, and it’s very interesting.”
If you’re not familiar with the show, Kaiser describes “Jazz &…” as “a wild, mixed-up mishmash of old and new jazz, but only greats. Also any other thing I want to play from Tom Waits to the Beach Boys because it’s my show.”
Lately, she’s been doing themed shows, and her latest program is “Moon Music,” featuring three hours of songs about the moon. “It was a fun show to do,” says Kaiser. “I didn’t realize there were so many songs about the moon, such as ‘Moon River,’ ‘Moonlight in Vermont,’ ‘How High the Moon’…”
The “Moon Music” show features the sounds of such jazz musicians as Artie Shaw, Ray Bryant, Billie Holiday, Tierney Sutton, Vincent Herring and Jackie & Roy, as well as such non-jazzers as the piano duo of Ferrente & Teicher, the Lettermen and even Ethel Merman.