Jeff Duperon

Jazz Host

Jeff's eclectic taste in music ranges across jazz, R&B, zydeco, gospel, classical, and funk. Born and raised in New Orleans where he began his radio career at WWOZ-FM as a morning drive-time announcer, Jeff graduated from Tulane University in 1996 and then moved to Philadelphia. He immediately became involved with the WRTI jazz scene. Jeff has volunteered at community and public radio stations for over 15 years.

In addition to his radio show, Jeff has developed a jazz studies program that is used to teach fourth and fifth graders at Bluford Elementary School in West Philadelphia about the history of jazz.

Jeff can be heard on Fridays from 6 to 10 pm, on Saturdays from 6 to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 9 pm to midnight.

Ways To Connect

Jazz has continuously evolved over the years. However, there are some tried and true standards of the genre that will not be compromised. Case in point: a collective known as The Cookers (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, George Cables, Donald Harrison and David Weiss) have staked their claim as the best reminder that jazz requires an active listener.

Join us this Sunday night at 8:30 PM, when Jeff Duperon welcomes the "Women in Jazz Philly Tour" to his show. The tour is honoring women's history month, and features the all-female jazz group "nVizion." The "Last-Stop concert" is Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 6 pm at St. Terese Church, 6611 Ardleigh Street in Philadelphia.

Vocalists Rhenda Ferrington, Lauren Lark, Shamika Byrd, and Julie Charnet with Kendrah Butler on piano and Sadayah Roberts on drums will stop by to discuss this important event.  

Wondering what's on Jeff Duperon's iPod this year? Wonder no more! We've got his favorite picks from 2013 right here. 

  1. David Weiss Endangered Species: The Music Of Wayne Shorter – Motema Music

Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin 0n Sunday, September 29th at 8:30 pm. A passionately soulful improviser, Pedicin is in the midst of an impressive creative surge clearly reflected in his prolific work as a recording artist and composer. His new CD, Why Stop Now...Ubuntu, is his 12th as a leader, and fourth in the last five years.

Jazz pianist James Collins, a student in the Temple University Jazz Studies program, is the featured guest on Straight Ahead with Jeff Duperon this Saturday night at 6:30 PM.

Here's a show not to be missed! One of Philadelphia's star jazz residents, pianist Orrin Evans, will perform on September 11th with his Likemind Collective at World Cafe Live. Some super-talented jazz artists will showcase their latest works and keep you smiling. The Likemind Collective includes Evans, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Nasheet Waits, vocalist J.D. Walter, and saxophonist Oliver Lake.

Tune in to hear from one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory.  Freshly 30, trumpeter, composer, and educator Etienne Charles, a Juilliard grad, has already recorded three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint.

Jazz with Jeff Duperon is busy Friday June 28th, 6-10 pm! Jeff welcomes singer/songwriter Ty Stephens and the Dutch pianist, composer, and arranger Peter Beets for an in-depth look into their music.

If a triple threat can sing, dance, and act, then mark the Philly-born and -raised Ty Stephens down for seven threats! For over 25 years he's been a globe-trotting singer, dancer, actor, songwriter, author, musical playwight, and stage director. At 6:30, Ty Stephens talks to Jeff.

The Godfather of Neo-Soul, Roy Ayers, visits Jazz with Jeff Duperon Friday, June 21st at 6:30 pm. The vibraphonist and singer is among the best-known, most-loved, and respected jazz and R&B artists on the scene today.

On Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 pm, Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James, whose long career continues to evolve. From his early days in Missouri to his winning of two Grammy Awards, Bob James has captivated audiences around the world.

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