Improvisations on WUOT

Weekdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

Improvisations, heard weekdays 6:30 to 8 p.m., is produced and hosted locally by Ben Hall  (Mondays), Todd Steed (Tuesdays & Thursdays), Paul Parris (Wednesdays), and Chris Woodhull (Fridays).

Improvisations is curated by a dedicated lineup of jazz fans with over 70 years of jazz radio experience.  Our playlists reflect every era of jazz from the earliest New Orleans swing to last week's best releases.  We strive to keep the show interesting, listenable, and enlightening and entertaining.  We love to hear from our listeners and our contact information is located below. 

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Questions or comments? Email improv@utk.edu 

The Bad Plus Live Again

Oct 5, 2020
Todd Steed

Did you know The Bad Plus just performed at the Bijou Theatre?  For no audience? Todd Steed sat down with pianist Orrin Evans to dicuss this unique concert that streams online this Friday as part of the Big Ears Festival. 

Gregory Tardy on Time

Oct 2, 2020

Gregory Tardy has released one of the best recordings of his career, If Time Could Stand Still.  He talks with Todd Steed about the personal nature of this new, vibrant work. 

Eric Reed Arrives

Sep 23, 2020

Musician and composer Eric Reed has landed in Knoxville and is ready to go.  He sat down with Todd Steed to discuss his new role as teacher. 

Po Hannah chats with Todd Steed about the new release from Los Leslies. 

Maria Schneider talks with Todd Steed about her most ambitious, boundless work yet and recalls her enjoyable time in Knoxville.   More info here

Tamar Smithers, the Director of Education and Public Programs, talks with Todd Steed about the opening of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. 

 

Todd checks in with Keith Brown at his home in New Jersey.  They discuss his performance at Live at Lucilles, playing with Jazzmeia Horn, the retirment of his father Donald Brown and why he had to put his new record on hold. 

In this episode, Todd sends a love letter to trains, tea and good company.  How does blues fit into jazz?  Why is there an entire episode based in Yazoo City? The Poseidon Adventure, really? Find out all the answers here.

Melissa Cardona

In this episode, Todd gets out there with Byron Asher, Aurora Nealand and more.  This is the last New Orleans episode and it ends with a.... bang?

Todd Steed

In episode two, Todd meets with several local musicians to discuss the impact of hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans jazz scene and finds there are lessons from that disaster that could apply to today. 

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