Jazz with Bob Parlocha archive
February 16, 2020 1:01 PM   Subscribe

Bob Parlocha was a jazz radio institution. He began spinning disks over four decades ago. This program fillled the late night airwaves in many cities across the USA. Jazz with Bob Parlocha continued that KJAZ feeling for twenty years until Bob's death in 2015. You can stream hundreds of hours of JWBP on the internet.
posted by rebent (6 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Sweet - each one is a downloadable MP3! I'm in heaven!

Over the years I recorded dozens of hours of his show off the radio (to minidisc, remember those?) and used them during many many practice sessions as I was building my repertoire. It was a hit-or-miss process, so I'm looking forward to giving all of these a listen. Now all I need is a playlist...
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:33 PM on February 16

this is wonderful - i used to work night shift at my job and back then, i could do my work with the radio on - i was pretty much sick of listening to commercial stations and the college station sometimes got too weird or dull, so i spent quite a few hours listening to jazz with bob parlocha and learned something about the music

he wasn't real adventurous and i wasn't into the torch ballads, but i liked the program and kept coming back for more
posted by pyramid termite at 2:01 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]

Yeah, he definitely leaned toward what I guess you'd call mainstream or straight-ahead fare - but then so do I, so it was/is a good match.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:03 PM on February 16

Don't ever discount the value of jazz radio DJs like this one in keeping the genre alive. I can think of guys like the indomitable Larry Smith who kept Chicago awake all night every night on WBEZ in the 80s and 90s; ever-jamming drummer and jazz scholar Dick Dickinson on WFYI in Indianapolis; and a guy I discovered after moving here to Syracuse, Leo Rayhill.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 6:34 PM on February 16 [2 favorites]

Don't ever discount the value of jazz radio DJs like this one in keeping the genre alive.

Just want to mention WDET's Ed Love as well.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:21 PM on February 16

Damn! This is awesome and such a great set of soundtracks to stream as I disconnect from the ongoing cultural mayhem. Thank you.
posted by zenpop at 12:26 PM on February 17

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