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Big Ears Preview: Joe Lovano and Gregory Tardy


The Big Ears Festival boasts an amazing offering of jazz this year. Todd talked to legendary sax player Joe Lovano about his varied plans. Also, Gregory Tardy chats about his new, bold project which he will perform at the festival.

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator and host of Improvisations. He is now the music director and host of of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course, and also produces podcasts such as Improvisations to Go and Raised in Knoxville. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as both news and music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.