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 

Jazz ace Will Boyd shares tracks from his newest recording and talks about the recording process. 

Drummer and composer Steve Brown talks with Todd Steed about his latest recording, East European Shoes.

Todd Steed / Mr.

Fulton High juniors Indae Walton and Nicole Cooney join Todd Steed for a mystery set on Improvisations. 

Harold Budd on Big Ears

Apr 5, 2019
Todd Steed / Mr.

Composer Harold Budd sat down with Todd Steed at the Big Ears Festival and reflected on his latest works, Knoxville, Stan Getz, ACME, and the lack of choice dining options in Joshua Tree. 

The interview was conducted in the lobby of his hotel.  Please free free to enjoy the extra ambience. 

Nate Chinen talks with Todd Steed about his new book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century and reflects on his experience at the Big Ears Festival. 

Bill Frisell and Gregory Tardy sat down with Todd Steed after their recent performance for Live at Lucille's.  They discuss their upcoming duo record and their unique musical history. 

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. 

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