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As a part of my M.A. degree at Rutgers, I have had the pleasure of interning at WBGO, the NYC area’s leading jazz radio station. Working closely with producer Josh Jackson, I have begun to learn the ropes for putting together their weekly showcase for new jazz trends, The Checkout.

Since it’s finals week and all, Josh decided to hand the reins over to me for this week’s show (well, Josh still helped, but I’ll take the glory anyway.) Tune in tomorrow night at 6:30 pm EST to 88.3 FM in the New York metro area, or listen online at wbgo.org. Wednesday morning, the show will be up at the website as well. While you’re at it, subscribe to the podcast.

UPDATE: Show just aired live! Thanks to everyone who listened. If you missed it, check it out here.

This week’s show will highlight some of the best student performances from last month’s Jazz Appreciation Month celebration. To frame the hour, I asked a few questions to four different students who are graduating from local jazz schools: Peter Yuskauskas from The New School, Jeremy Fratti from Jersey City University, Julian Smith from the Rutgers Mason Gross School for the Arts and Paul Brady from the Rutgers Master’s in Jazz History and Research. It will also feature music from the Julliard and Berklee student jazz ensembles as well as music by the four interviewees.

Enjoy the show tomorrow night, and feel free to let me know what you thought of it here. And while you’re at it, stop over and pledge a few dollars over at WBGO — your support will help shows like The Checkout continue to grace the airwaves and the internets.

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