KVLU Public Radio to launch new 'Friday Night Jazz' program

KVLU Public Radio at Lamar University will be adding a new program to its schedule with “Friday Night Jazz,” a weekly show which will showcase many aspects of the jazz music genre and its history. The program will air every Friday night, starting July 7 at 11 p.m. and will be hosted by LU alumnus Andre Harness.

Harness, a 2017 music performance and saxophone graduate, was presented with the opportunity to host this program following an interview with KVLU Station Manager Jason Miller. Inspired by the knowledge of the KVLU staff, Harness could not deny the opportunity.

fridaynightjazz.jpg Harness’ goal with this new program is to bring jazz music back to the forefront of Southeast Texas.

“It's important to note that jazz on the radio has become sparser compared to the past,” he said. “Many radio shows are replacing jazz music with popular genres instead of adding jazz programs. ‘Friday Night Jazz’ aims to be a light in this darkness, offering an educational experience for our listeners and exposing them to this wonderful music. Our listeners can expect a mix of classic jazz standards and modern interpretations, along with fascinating insights into the history and evolution of jazz music.”

Harness added that there are plans to include themed shows, with the first one happening on its premiere, and the theme being “90 Years of Big Band Music,” which will explore big band tracks from each decade since the 1930s.

Through this new program, Harness believes a stronger jazz community can be formed in the region.

“It's about providing recognition and opportunities for these musicians who often go unnoticed,” he said. “In doing so, we not only celebrate the rich jazz heritage of Southeast Texas but also inspire future generations of jazz enthusiasts to embrace this incredible art form.”

For more information on “Friday Night Jazz” or KVLU Public Radio, please visit lamar.edu/kvlu