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 

Roscoe Mitchell talks to Todd Steed about his 50 years with Art Ensemble of Chicago and his return to the Big Ears Festival.

Kelle Jolly and Faith Morris sit down with Todd Steed to talk about the joys of staging the Women In Jazz Jam Festival. 

Schedule here.

Art Ensemble of Chicago sun percussionist Famoudou Don Moye talks to Todd Steed about some of his favorite recordings and his upcoming performance at the Big Ears Festival.

Jazz drummer and composer Kenneth Brown talks with Todd Steed about his newest release, Second Chances. 

Sammy Miller and the Congreation will peform at the Bijou on the Ides of March, also known as March 15.  Sammy checks in with Todd Steed to talk about the magic of the Bijou and life on the road. 

Mark Boling's Trio Life

Feb 19, 2019

Guitarist Mark Boling and bassist Jon Hamar sit down with Todd to discuss their upcoming performance at Live at Lucille's. 

She wowed us first on the Grammys in 2018 and then blew us away with her performance with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn stopped by WUOT and talked with Kelle Jolly and Todd Steed about her current world, why she makes her own clothes, and her upcoming plans. 

Jazz pianist and composer Michael Wolff bounces back with some of his best work yet.   Bounces back from what? From where?  Todd Steed gets to the bottom of these and other questions.

The Poetry of Jazz

Feb 6, 2019

Benjamin Boone talks about his latest recording, The Poetry of Jazz, Volume 2.  He also recalls his time at UT with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker and more. 

Philadelphia's legendary jazz host talks to Todd Steed about growing up in Philadelphia and the local jazz scene.  This is part of the 'Jazz on the Road' series on Improvisations. 

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