“Jazz2K” Is On the Move…

J Hunter (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Your host: The mysterious J Hunter (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Tune in tonight (Tuesday, September 9) from 6-8pm for the final radio broadcast of “Jazz2K” on 91.1 WSPN/Saratoga Springs… because host (and regular Nippertown contributor) J Hunter is transferring to another school. Don’t worry, though: He’s staying local, moving down the Northway from Skidmore College to Siena College. Beginning this fall, “Jazz2K” will be heard on 88.3 WVCR/Albany, Saturday nights from 12midnight–2am.

WVCR-FM – also known as “The Saint” – is already home to “Crossroads of Jazz with Darrin & Teddy” Saturday afternoons from 12noon–2pm, but that fact doesn’t worry Hunter in the least. “One of the coolest things about jazz is that it’s the most diverse, expansive musical genre in the world today, so there’s plenty of space for me, Darrin and Teddy to play with,” Hunter says. “Plus moving my show to the witching hour Saturday night is perfect. This show’s always been a party, which is what Saturday night is all about, so I want to open up this music to a whole new group of listeners – many of whom might not know there’s more to jazz than Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.”

Since its debut on WSPN in June 2013, “Jazz2K” has specialized in jazz from the 21st century, featuring artists as diverse as Dave Douglas, Catherine Russell, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Pedrito Martinez Group and the Nels Cline Singers, plus Local 518 acts like Brian Patneaude, Keith Pray, Sensemaya and the Arch Stanton Quartet. “The management at WSPN gave me a ton of freedom to play with this idea I’d had for about ten years, and I’m sorry that my time there has to end. However, The Saint has become one of the best, most interesting non-commercial stations in the Capital Region, and being a part of that was a chance I couldn’t pass up.”

In addition to the usual zaniness, tonight’s show (Tuesday, September 9) will feature music from artists that will be appearing at this weekend’s free Jazz at the Lake festival on Saturday and Sunday at Shepard Park in Lake George. The “Jazz2K Going-Away (For Now)” party happens from 6-8pm tonight on 91.1FM WSPN – also available online.

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