Ben Young / Jazz Host

Ben Young shows

You may recognize Ben as a host on-air and also the leader of WICN’s Jazz 101 and Jazz 201 courses. Through 30 years of Jazz involvement, he has been a radio and record producer, researcher, writer, archivist, engineer, and lecturer on the history of Jazz and improvised music. But whatever form it assumes, the mission is always the same: helping folks to hear clearly the important works of the masters, and to understand what they’re hearing.

After several decades in New York (and a couple in the mid-South) Ben is working to spark up new connections around Worcester among listeners to hot music.

Each week, Artistry of Jazz delivers a focused examination of some important dimension of Jazz music as an art form and how that has played out in the music’s history. We focus on the essential figures and the cornerstone recordings and diverge form there into the stories and explanations that illuminate and connect them. Recent topics have included what Woodstock means to Jazz; the centennial of the birth of drummer Art Blakey; and jazz considerations of the Space Age.

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