More jazz at WDCB

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Dan Bindert of WDCB 90.9 FM, on the College of DuPage Campus in Glen Ellyn. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune / February 4, 2014)

WDCB-FM 90.9 continues to expand its jazz programming under station manager Dan Bindert.

“JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater,” distributed by National Public Radio, will air at 7 p.m. Mondays starting next week. The first show will feature Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield performing his “Melba!” suite, a tribute to Melba Liston. The performance was recorded at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where Bradfield is an assistant professor.

“Song Travels with Michael Feinstein,” another NPR-distributed program, will air at 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting next week.

And veteran broadcaster Rick O’Dell will produce and host “The Sunday Jazz Brunch” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays starting this weekend.

O’Dell is best known for his “smooth jazz” offerings, but WDCB managements implies more serious offerings. “The new program is produced specifically for WDCB,” the station’s announcement notes, “and will feature contemporary jazz instrumentals and vocals, blending such established artists as Ramsey Lewis, David Sanborn, Diana Krall and George Benson with newer artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Gregory Porter, adding in a healthy serving of Chicago-based artists.”

As previously reported in the Tribune, Scott Adams’ “The Sounds of Brazil” will move from Wednesdays to 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The rest of the Sunday lineup will feature “Mambo Express,” 4 to 6 p.m.; “New Vintage,” 6 to 7 p.m.; “The Wayne Messmer Radio Show,” 7 to 8 p.m.; “WDCB Jazz,” 8 to 10 p.m.; and “Jazz Tropicale,” 10 p.m. to midnight.

Also as previously reported, rebroadcasts of Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” will air at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week.

WDCB-FM 90.9 is based at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn but serves as the primary jazz radio outlet for the Chicago area. For more information, visit wdcb.org.

hreich@tribune.com

Twitter @howardreich

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