In addition to representing the wide and diverse spectrum of jazz through various specialty programs on KRTU, we feature themed programs such as The South Texas Jazz Project, Women in Jazz, Jazz de Mexico, Sweet Beats and more.
The South Texas Jazz Project is KRTU’s flagship documentary-style program that explores the roots as well as current South Texas Jazz scene, with interviews from regional recording artists past and present. STJP has been in existence since 2007 and has featured San Antonio legends such as trumpeter Jim Cullum, saxophonist Spot Barnett, The Regency Jazz Band, and pianist Nobuko, as well as Austin-based groups Church on Monday and Brazilian group Mente Clara. You can find all styles represented on the South Texas Jazz Project along with in-depth storytelling and interviews. Catch the South Texas Jazz project Thursdays at 7p.m. and Saturdays at 5p.m.
The Jazz Break at Noon is KRTU’s weekly, mid-day educational program. Hosted by Music Director Kory Cook, the program is an educational listening session highlighting major artists, styles, and themes from jazz music’s rich history. From rare recordings of the 1930s to today’s most progressive sounds, the Jazz Break at Noon takes you on an educational sonic journey through jazz history.
Jazz de Mexico is KRTU’s premier international program hosted by Jorge Canavati. The program features a variety of styles representing the wealth of jazz groups from Mexico. From the classic fusion sounds of Mexico City’s Sacbe to the sultry and cool jazz voice of Magos Herrera and more, you are certain to find your Jazz de Mexico here. Sunday evenings beginning at 8 p.m.
Sweet Beats is where jazz the American art form meets the world, with music from the many cultural crossroads. Host Melanie Cordell celebrates the diversity of genres with a widely inclusive combo of modern and vintage cabaret, tango, Latin jazz and Latin dance, blended with the classic elegance of American jazz composers and artists. Sweet Beats is how you feel inside when you find your jazz on KRTU. Friday nights at 7pm.
The Live Set is hosted by Ryan Weber and features all live recordings. Every Thursday evening at 9p.m. Ryan dives into recordings past and present capturing jazz in the best setting possible: LIVE. From Hard bop recordings of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to Modern recordings from Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Live Set puts you right in the front row of live concert recordings.
The Jazz Voice is hosted by Joan Carroll and features two-hours of vocal led jazz music. Every Saturday afternoon, Joan features a wide variety of vocalists from every era of jazz music’s history. From Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and other Big Band era singers to Modern vocalists such as Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, and Shirley Horn, Joan explores every aspect of vocal jazz.
Sinatra & Friends is a specialty themed program devoted to jazz vocalists and crooners performing in the tradition of the Rat Pack. Host Johnny P. focuses on the music of Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima and others on this special 1-hour, Sunday morning program. Sundays 8a.m.