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

Join us on Friday, June 14th at 6:30 PM as Jeff Duperon welcomes renowned flutist and composer Bobbi Humphrey.  Often referred to as the "First Lady of the Flute" by the critics and listeners alike, Bobbi has been playing her special brand of music to audiences around the world for over three decades.

Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes vocalist and composer Denise King to WRTI on Sunday, June 9th at 8:30 PM ET. With a voice described as velvet smooth, warm, and steeped in sophistication, King captivates and holds you with every note. In this age of auto-tune, quick fixes and artistic gimmickry, her love of people, performance style, and energy have ensured her a spot in the jazz community for a long time. 

Tune in every Sunday night to Jeff Duperon's mix of new releases and emerging artists in jazz, on Jazz with Jeff Duperon, from 8 pm to midnight.


Jazz drummer Bruce Klauber is premiering a brand-new jazz column, "The Jazz Scene," in the March edition of ICON, the local cutting-edge arts magazine.

Klauber was a recent guest on Jeff Duperon's show. Listen to the interview here.

Join WRTI this Sunday night at 9 pm for a special re-broadcast of Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend - a one-hour special that was released in honor of Brubeck's 90th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his stand-out album, Take Five.

We're all saddened by the huge loss of Dave Brubeck to the music world on December 5th; this program is our way of celebrating the fantastic musical life of this true jazz master.

Jeff Duperon

WRTI's Jeff Duperon attended the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.  The 33rd year of the event, presented by Chrysler, featured a one-of-a-kind lineup of today’s greatest jazz performers. The performers at this year’s Festival have been nominated for, and won, more than 200 Grammy Awards, composed film scores, and traveled the world to perform.

Here is the 2012 line-up.

Bassist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller will discuss his new release, Renaissance, Friday, September 21st at 6:45 pm. Marcus is performing Sunday, September 23rd at World Café Live in Philadelphia. 

Best known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Marcus has also maintained a prolific solo career.  Tune in for an in-depth conversation!

Bassist Lee Smith stops by the WRTI studio to discuss his long-awaited debut release, Sittin' On A Secret - Sunday, September 23rd at 8:30 pm. Tune in for an in-depth conversation!

Afro-Cuban vocalist Venissa Santi will discuss her latest project - her highly anticipated follow up to Bienvenida - on Saturday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. Don't miss it! Here's her website.

Saxophonist Michael Pedicin will discuss his full-throttle performance on Live at the Loft, his beautifully recorded new album, on Sunday, September 9th at 8 pm. Tune in for an in-depth conversation!

Tune in Sunday, June 24th at 8:30 pm for an in-depth jazz conversation with pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Jim Ridl. Jim will discuss his latest project, Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams.