Some of our programs have weekly listings available in our electronic newsletter here.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon
'DCB Jazz offers an uninterrupted presentation of a variety of styles, focusing on straight-ahead jazz. We cover the classics, as well as current jazz releases and artists, and of course we love to highlight jazz from Chicago! This well-rounded and informative program is designed for extended listening.
Hosted by Greg Easterling, American Backroads combines folk, country, blues and roots-rock from the 50s through the 90s to create an aural portrait of American music.
Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes covers the "vast American musical landscape," spanning genres and eras: From Aretha Franklin to George Jones, Los Lobos to Howlin' Wolf, Count Basie to Beck.
The Arts Section spotlights creative people, events and ideas. Every week, WDCB's Gary Zidek shines a light on arts and culture in the Chicago area. The mission is to focus on stories within the arts community that aren't being told, with additional commentary and discussions on literature, music, film, food, special events and anything else creative.
You can listen to The Arts Section every Sunday 8:00 - 9:00 am on 90.9/90.7 FM or online at WDCB.org
Blues Before Sunrise showcases blues as part of a cultural landscape that includes jump and jive, rhythm and blues, swing, doo wop, gospel, comedy, and recitation, and never is the music presented as kitsch or retro fashion in the way that some music has been exploited and trivialized. For host Steve Cushing, the blues is a living African-American tradition with deep roots.
Blues is one of the primary roots of American popular music and the "daddy" of rock'n'roll. Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge, hosted by Cary Wolfson, has attracted a cult following - Saturday nights on WDCB. Wolfson (a.k.a "The Red Rooster") is a world-renowned authority on the blues and every week he cranks out a lively hour blending blues and R&B, with a touch of gospel and lost soul tossed in. Wolfson has twice been honored with W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive awards from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.
Blues Time is hosted by Tom Marker, a veteran in Chicago Blues Radio since 1975, beginning with WJKL "The Fox" in Elgin. In January 2015 Tom joined the staff of WDCB where he gets to program two hours of blues music with virtually no interruption. Not only will he play the classic blues performers, there is a strong emphasis on Chicago’s local legends and up-and-comers.
Chicago Jazz Live is a one-hour weekly program produced in partnership between WDCB and Emmy Award winning composer, Steve Rashid, who created and hosts the new program. CJL shines a spotlight on the deep pool of local jazz musicians working in Chicago by presenting small groups that are recorded live, exclusively for this series. Each week’s program includes interview segments with the featured artists. Conceived as a ‘house concert in a club’, CJL allows its audience an up-close look into the process and intimate musical conversation that is the heart of a small ensemble.
WDCB presents a variety of special programs spotlighting Chicago jazz artists, events and history!
The Dueling Critics are Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, two theater reviewers who were apparently separated at birth and have been reunited by the grace of listener-supported public radio. Each week they debate the merits of a show at one of the 240-some professional theaters in the Chicago area, often supplementing their discussion with individual recommendations of plays not to be missed. Jonathan, who also reviews for Windy City Times and teaches theater history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been working in and writing about the theater for about 40 years while Kelly boasts 15 years as a critic including a long stint at the Chicago Reader. They merged their talents into the Dueling Critics segment in 2007 and brought the segment to WDCB last year. In addition to their Sunday morning contribution to the Arts Section, their blogged and podcast opinions can be found on DuelingCritics.net.
First Light tells stories from across the Chicago area…Illinois and occasionally neighboring states. The goal is to spotlight the countless interesting people, places, events and more as a way to help listeners start their Sunday morning. ‘First Light’ continues WDCB’s goal of telling stories that might otherwise go untold, and it will also reimagine some of the community-focused elements of our news magazine programs that listeners have enjoyed over the years. The show continues a more than 25 year partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, DuPage Forest Preserve District and will expand those relationships to include a number of other groups and organizations across the Chicago metro area. ‘First Light’ airs Sunday morning from 7:00-8:00 (the full program will also be posted to the station’s website each week), and leads into our popular arts and culture magazine ‘The Arts Section.’ WDCB’s Brian O’Keefe will host the show and serves as Executive Producer and he welcomes your suggestions for stories, email ideas to email@example.com.
Join host Lilli Kuzma for a great mix of folk artists and styles, from traditional and contemporary folk, to doses of related and influenced styles, like folk-rock, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic, world, Americana, and more. Folk Festival presents entertaining themed shows plus topical and historical segments, and regularly hosts outstanding live studio guests, both Chicago-based and national touring acts. There are frequent ticket and CD giveaways, and on each show listeners are informed about area/regional concerts, workshops, and events, with the Chicagoland Folk Calendar. Lilli presents the show live, affording a fresh and direct presence with the listeners.
Guitarist and songwriter, journalist and author, and long-time host of the Grateful Dead Hour, David Gans has produced “GD Hour” since 1987 (in its present form). The syndicated program airs weekly on 75 stations coast-to-coast, and features live concerts from the Grateful Dead's vault, as well as music influenced by the Dead, live studio performances, in-depth interviews with core Dead members, and more. It's an in-depth look into the world that revolves around the Grateful Dead.
Hambone's Blues Party is a lively two-hour program featuring blues with some rhythm, blues with some soul and blues with some jump. Broadcasting from the backseat of his black Cadillac parked on the corner of Jazz Avenue and Blues Boulevard, Hambone plays the best in contemporary blues and classic R&B recordings. Jump start your weekend with Hambone!
Since 1983, MUSIC FROM THE HEARTS OF SPACE, currently hosted by Stephen Hill, has been the premier radio program heard throughout the country by lovers of ambient, electronic, multicultural, environmental and contemplative music.
Every Monday, Bill Margeson and Imelda Brogha will present a high-spirited hour of bluegrass, Celtic and Cajun music that spotlights all three forms while celebrating the commonality between them. And since this is a house party, get out your fiddle, banjo or squeezebox and play along at home!
Where country meets jazz and all things Western ... swing! The program features hot licks and cold steel from the likes of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, Danny Gatton, Hark Garland …and Bob Wills is still the king!
Host Bob Signorelli leads you through the rhythmic sounds of groove on Saturday mornings from Midnight to 6 A.M. A lively mix of Jazz, Funk, Soul, and HipHop will be served up each and every week for your listening pleasure.
Ireland Tonight features the best of Celtic traditional music. Hosted by Maryann McTeague Keifer, each two-hour program is full of music, fascinating facts about Celtic music and its host countries, as well as stories and inside information about Ireland. And always, there is lots of good music... so Failte! (Welcome!)
Jammin’ Jazz: Jazz for the New Generation features all that is cool and groovey, and happenin’ in Modern Jazz right this minute. Host Michelle Sammartino focuses on artists that are currently touring as well as the influences that made them choose this glamorous profession. Jammin’ Jazz features not just new modern Jazz, but the marriage of Jazz and Funk, Jazz and Rock, Jazz and Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop – from New Orleans to New York to Chicago to San Fran to Montreal to Europe to Japan and more. If it is happenin’ in the world of Jazz you can find it here.
The daily Jazz Calendar contains listings of jazz events happening everyday throughout the Chicagoland area.
The Jazz Calendar is proudly sponsored by:
Monday - Luscombe Music
Tuesday - Unlimited Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Wednesday - North Coast Brewing Co.
Thursday - PJ's Camera & Photo Supply
Friday - Ellman's Music Center
Sunday - 210 Live
Each week, the Jazz Night in America radio broadcast presents some of the best live jazz performances happening around the country and the stories behind them. With multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride as host, the one-hour radio show features hand-picked performances from across the country, woven with the colorful stories of the artists behind them.
Jazz Organic is a one-hour weekly radio program celebrating America’s original art-form, jazz, uniquely played on the tone-wheel organ - from “Wild Bill” Davis and Jimmy Smith to Joey DeFrancesco, to the next generation of B3 artists, Jazz Organic features a variety of colors and flavors of jazz played on the Hammond B3 organ. Join host Andy Schultz each week for sixty minutes highlighting sixty-plus years of organ jazz.
If you're a fan of Brazilian music, get ready to swing! Marshall Vente, who also leads his own Latin group "Tropicale", is your host for two hours. From traditional to contemporary, and Brazilian to Caribbean... "It's a jazz show with palm trees."
Hosted by Grammy-winning recording artist, pianist, composer and radio personality, Ramsey Lewis, "Legends of Jazz" was introduced in February 1997. Over the years, the show has exposed the music of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and dozens more legendary instrumentalists to a whole new audience. The show also often features vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, along with a host of today’s masters of jazz, who not only honor the American Songbook, but are destined to be the legends of tomorrow.
Every Sunday, veteran radio host “El Caobo” plays the best of danceable mambo, salsa, cha-cha-chá, Latin jazz and boleros; both classic and contemporary, with periodic interviews of artists, dancers, and other industry professionals.
Piano Jazz is a forum for jazz legends and influential performers as well as up-and-coming talents. Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennett are among the over 400 guests who have joined McPartland to create dynamic duets and discuss their lives and music.
Midwest Ballroom is a two-hour program hosted by local author John Russell (Ghrist) that mostly features local big bands and orchestras. These are the musical groups that are keeping the big band era alive in the Chicagoland area. Recordings by territory orchestras and vocalists are also included on the program. Each show includes interviews with local musicians, "The Big Band Bulletin Board," "The History Lesson," and "The Garage Sale Record of the Week," which highlight the musical accomplishments of many national entertainers. The program also promotes the appearances of local bands, groups and singers from the area.
Featuring the contemporary sounds of the vintage art form known as big band, New Vintage celebrates the many successes of today's band leaders dedicated to furthering and promoting America's greatest contribution to world music history. New Vintage is hosted by Bill O'Connell, leader of the Chicago Skyliners Big Band.
Night Lights, is a weekly one-hour jazz radio program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on jazz from the 1945-1990 era—a timespan that, as Johnson notes, “weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War.” Covering artists such as Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone and themes ranging from jazz recordings of spirituals to avant-garde interpretations of the Great American Songbook, Night Lights also features many lesser-known talents of post-1945 jazz, such as saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Freddie Webster, and piano/singer duo Dick and Kiz Harp.
"Night Train," hosted by Sammie-Jay, puts a contemporary spin on the blues. It’s a mix of Southern Soul and Chicago Blues with an emphasis on deep soul blues singers. Sammy-Jay offers listeners the chance to interact with the music, to both remember the past and embrace the future as he spotlights up-and-coming artists who are keeping the blues alive.
Take a journey with jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, Orbert Davis, that includes the traditions of our jazz heritage... where jazz is now, and where it's going! The Real Deal is produced by Mark Ingram and Orbert Davis, hosted by Orbert, and is engineered by Roger Heiss.
This blend of soothing electro-acoustic and visionary music is a wonderful way to begin a weekend morning, hosted by Matthew Hermes.
The Sounds of Brazil radio program showcases the best Brazilian jazz, Bossa Nova and Nu Bossa grooves - plus top new music.
World-renowned, Chicago-based jazz vocalist and educator Dee Alexander is your host for a two-hour weekly jazz program featuring a range of jazz artists, styles and eras. With a mix of vocalists and instrumentalists, “Sunday Jazz with Dee Alexander” includes the work of current jazz artists from around the world, as well as Chicago’s own world-class jazz talent.
WDCB's Bruce Oscar takes you back to the World War II era when "swing was king."
WDCB is very pleased to present "Those Were the Days," a program that has played a prominent role in Chicago's radio history for more than 35 years. Drawing from a vast library of material each Saturday, Steve Darnall presents old-time radio classics & music.
Drawing from a lifetime of musical experiences as a singer, performer, speaker, author and broadcaster, Wayne Messmer blends an entertaining mix of personality, jazz standards, cabaret, and Broadway classics with his own observations of the world around us, offering provocative thoughts on where and how we live. The listener is invited to take a sentimental, musical journey while also touching upon some of life's issues that help us to make our house a home, and our lives just a little bit better. The Wayne Messmer Radio Show offers good tunes, positive vibes and a nice place to hang out together as we wind down the weekend.
Hosted by Barry Winograd, "When Jazz Was King" explores the early jazz sounds of the traditional masters.