Tracy Fields

Every Monday through Friday night from 9:30 PM to 1 AM Tracy Fields presents some of the most diverse new and classic jazz anywhere on radio.

Although her training is in communications and journalism, Tracy's first love has always been jazz. She first started listening to jazz when her father played old 78s of the Count Basie Orchestra and LPs of Gloria Lynne, Arthur Prysock and Ray Charles.

Her brothers and friends soon turned her on to more modern artists like Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, and Gary Bartz.

With her training in journalism and love of jazz music, Tracy always found herself gravitating toward radio stations. During summer breaks from college, she worked at WKEW and WQMG-FM in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. She joined WLRN in 1995 and ever since has graced our air with her trademark selections of eclectic jazz.

Looking back on her years at WLRN, she says what she has most enjoyed is the rapport she has developed with her audience: "My listeners vary widely in chronological age, but are still young at heart. They say they like the wide variety of music on my show; tunes bring back memories for some, and give others a taste of something new and different. I've learned a lot from them, too, by playing their requests and hearing their stories. Mostly I'm honored that they let me into their cars and homes to keep them company."

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In a conversation before his performance as part of the Jazz Roots series, saxophonist Joshua Redman talked about his unexpected path to success as a musician, shared some surprising professional uncertainties and  let us know what he thinks  about his latest Grammy nomination, for last year’s “Still Dreaming”  (spoiler: he doesn’t).  His quartet plays the Arsht Center on Friday, 18 Jan.

The latest release from the veteran player, bandleader and University of Miami professor is being considered in the categories of Best Large Jazz Ensemble; Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella; and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. Daversa talked about taking the risk of giving the world yet another album of Beatles tunes, becoming a successful musician, and what he plans next. The Grammy ceremony is set for Feb. 12.

    The Trinidad-born panman’s third release as a leader, Metamorphosis, drops in early June. He visited the Igloo to talk about the inspiration for and process of making the album and discussed a little history too: his own, as well as that of his instrument. 

The Real Tracy Fields

Host, Evenin' Jazz

weeknights, 9:30p - 1a eastern

This well-respected singer may not have done everything, but he’s done a lot: operating heavy construction equipment, helping to build the Alaska Pipeline, teaching, sharing the stage with vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, an album of Gil Scott Heron covers.

Gates spoke with me before his season-ending performance in Fort Lauderdale for the Gold Coast Jazz Society, which was to be followed by three nights at the Ball & Chain in Miami.

The Real Tracy Fields

Host, Evenin' Jazz

weeknights, 9:30p - 1a eastern

  Leon Foster Thomas grew up in a musical household in Trinidad but steel pan  didn't appeal to him - at first. Ultimately the young percussionist taught himself to play the island's official instrument and found it's the best way to express himself.  Thomas talks about his musical journey from Trinidad to South Florida and beyond, details some steel pan history, and shares what it's like to be both a working musician and doting dad.

Born in Germany, now living in Canada, Michael Kaeshammer's got the sounds of New Orleans in his blood.  The boogie-woogie sensation explains how focusing on why he plays rather than how made all the difference in his work. He also talks about splitting his pants on stage and breaking piano strings  - not surprising, given that his performances are routinely described as fiery.

Rene Marie's story is as compelling as her songs. She shares details of her transformation from oppressed wife to music professional, explains her devotion to assisting the homeless and more. She will perform four shows at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Jan. 25-27.

Made famous by James Brown, saxophonist Maceo Parker has built an impressive career on his own, working with artists ranging from George Clinton to Ani DiFranco.  He talks about his start with the Godfather of Soul, discusses his years in the music business, and offers advice to musicians who would follow in his footsteps.

Drummer, composer, physician, father – South Florida’s own Reuben Hoch has it all.  Founder and leader of the Chassidic Jazz Project, a member of Zaviot and other ensembles, this busy musician talks about making it all work, why and how he does it.

Born in Morocco, raised in France and Israel, the guitarist and composer Albare has settled in Australia. A major presence on the jazz scene there, he's wrapping up an eastern United States tour in Miami Beach.

Miami-born LeNard Rutledge has been a fixture on the South Florida jazz scene for years. Here he talks about his work, his life, his family, and more.

Christian Howes

Oct 25, 2012

In 2011 Christian Howes was voted first place in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“rising stars/violin”) and nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “violinist of the year.”

Evenin' Jazz host Tracy Fields interviews Christian about his online teaching, a new CD and his appearance at Art Deco Weekend happening January 18 - 20, 2013.