KJEM Jazz Specials For Your Holiday

Holiday Jazz Specials on KJEM!

Join KJEM this Holiday season for some festive brightness to lighten up the dark month of December. Click on the drop-downs below to see when specials are airing.

6:00PM PST, A Winter Wonderland! Afterglow Special. It’s not Christmas music, but simply wintry-inspired tunes in anticipation of the official start of Winter, the winter solstice.

6:00PM PST, A Modern Jazz Christmas Afterglow Holiday Special. We all love the standards, but it’s nice to hear something new occasionally. This special explores Holiday music that isn’t afraid of new directions.

11:00AM PST, Saturday Morning Jazz with Thom Kokenge: ‘Twas The Saturday Before Christmas Special. Join Thom for some fun Christmas merriment during his lighthearted-Saturday-morning-cartoons-inspired show.

5:00PM PST, Hep to the Holidays. This self-described “cool-Yule” music will chill you out, if you’re feeling a little frantic.

6:00PM PST, The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Special. Hang the mistletoe and spike the egg nog! The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Special serves up some crazy cool space age pop for the holidays.

6:00PM PST, A Jazz Christmas Holiday. The classics, 100%.

6:00PM PST, An Afro Blue Christmas. This A Capella college choir will amaze you with their harmonies and imaginative arrangements of Christmas music. This special will help you set some caroling goals!

7:00PM PST, KJEM’s own Logan Plant provides some special Holiday music on his show The Speakeasy.

8:00PM PST, Dee Alexander: Jazz at Christmastime. Dee Alexander sings soulfully in this special that was recorded live in Chicago.

6:00PM PST, Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration. Join one of the premier Jazz programs in the nation with their special taken from a live performance.

7:00PM PST, KJEM’s own Riley Hoover spins some special Holiday music in his eclectic show The Yardsale.

8:00PM PST, A Modern Jazz Christmas Afterglow Holiday Special (Repeat).

10:00AM PST, A Jazz Christmas Holiday (Repeat).

11:00AM PST, Hep to the Holidays (Repeat)

12:00PM PST, KJEM’s Happy Holiday Special. Join the staff of KJEM for a holiday special. Let us share with you the joy of the holidays at KJEM!

1:00PM PST, An Afro Blue Christmas (Repeat)

6:00PM PST, Dee Alexander: Jazz at Christmastime (Repeat)

7:00PM PST, KJEM’s own Valerie Rice celebrates Christmas Day with you in a special episode of The Swingtime Hour.

8:00PM PST, A Very Crooner Christmas Afterglow Holiday Special. End Christmas Day and float into Christmas night with the classic crooners of yesteryear, featuring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra.

What Is Jazz Night In America?

Along with NPR Music’s partners at WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center, we’re proud to announce a new public media initiative: Jazz Night In America. You can check it out on your local public radio station, as well as online at

Jazz Night In America is many things. It’s a weekly radio show from three groups that have all made nationally syndicated jazz radio for many years, with an internationally renowned musician as our guide. It’s a weekly concert video webcast from venues across the country. It’s a hub for video features, multi-platform journalism and on-demand access. All together, it’s a portrait of jazz music today, as seen through many of its exceptional live performances and performers.

Here’s how to experience it.

On The Radio: Every week, starting today, we’re offering a one-hour program centered on great concerts and the stories behind them. Christian McBride, whom you may know as a phenomenal bass player and bandleader, hosts the show. Currently, more than 100 public radio stations have signed on to broadcast Jazz Night In America, so check your local listings for when it’ll be on.

On Demand: On our new online hub, we’ll feature all sorts of content on demand. Our new Jazz Videos channel will gather highlights from our webcasts, documentary features and more series from NPR Music, such as Tiny Desk Concerts and Field Recordings. We’ll also spotlight audio and written journalism from NPR’s news shows or A Blog Supreme. And we’ll archive the radio shows and audio from the concert webcasts if you want to peruse them on your own time. Again, that’s all at

We’ve joined together as partners because we want to reach as many people in and around the jazz community as we can. We know, from decades of experience, that there’s immense power in music and conversation on air — that it reaches people like nothing else can. We know, from being fans, that this music demands to be seen live, so we’ve captured visually stunning concert recordings to simulate the experience as beautifully as possible. We know that today, people expect to consume media on their own time and schedules, so we wanted to enable you to do that. We hope to reach the people who live for this music, and we hope to make it easy for the curious to get hooked.

We’ve planned what we think is a great lineup — check out the webcast schedule on the homepage — and we’re certainly still planning. We’re confident that this music speaks strongly: of lived experience, of great labor and intelligence, of life-affirming artistic creativity. With Jazz Night In America, we intend to convey that in all the ways we can.

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