Blaise Lantana photoAfter the sun sets and the lights go out in the newsroom, KJZZ Music Director and Host Blaise Lantana and her team take over the 91.5 airwaves to share the cool sounds of classic jazz.

Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster. She moved to the Valley in 1994 to serve as an on-air host for KJZZ’s sister station, 89.5 KBAQ. While she has a deep affinity for classical music, the sounds of classic jazz lured her to take on the role of KJZZ’s Music Director in 1995.

She began her radio career with Texas Public Radio, playing classical music during the afternoon and jazz at night at KEDT in Corpus Christi. She also took a turn as a Morning Edition host. Lantana jokes that hosting Morning Edition was difficult because she’s a night owl and she was in constant fear of oversleeping. To this day, she still breaks into a bit of a sweat when she hears the Morning Edition theme song.

She  has interviewed dozens of jazz legends, including the great storyteller George Benson, Ornette Coleman, Jim Cullum, and Wynton Marsalis, which by the way was on the road, from his tour bus. 

Lantana has been a lifelong musician. She was born in Tucson, AZ and grew up in Philadelphia, PA.  She began singing at two, playing piano at seven and took up the organ at twelve. She picked up her first guitar in high school and it’s been her instrument of choice ever since.  As a student at Rutgers University and Texas A & M, she majored in voice and composition and became enchanted by the sounds of Miles Davis' trumpet and Billie Holiday's voice, which led her to pursue a musical career in jazz and blues. 

She spent 20 years on the road performing and composing with blues and jazz ensembles, including some Valley bands. You can still catch her perform at special engagements around town.

As KJZZ’s Music Director, one of Lantana’s primary responsibilities is to scope out new artists and recordings and then decide which selections and interviews to include in KJZZ’s weeknight jazz schedule. 

“While I love jazz classics and legends like Stan Getz and Ella, I’m always on the look out for new talent,” said Lantana. “Best of all, I love sharing these new sounds with KJZZ listeners because I think that all of us are still looking to fall in love with something we haven’t heard before.” 

Contact Blaise Lantana at blantana@rioradio.org or by way of facebook.

 

Titlesort ascending Publication Date
Wynton Kelly November 30, 2012
Wayne Shorter August 21, 2012
Veterans of Jazz November 12, 2012
Valentine Special February 13, 2012
Upcoming Concerts November 20, 2012
Tommy Dorsey November 16, 2012
Tierney Sutton talks about her new trio [Interview Archives] October 20, 2011
Tierney Sutton October 26, 2012
Tickling the Ivories with Renee Rosnes May 02, 2012
Thelonious Monk November 09, 2012
Thelonious Monk October 08, 2012
The Natural Sounds of Stanley Jordan April 09, 2012
The Jazz Life of Marty Ashby [Interview Archives] May 03, 2012
The Development of Kat Edmonson [Interview Archives] April 05, 2012
The Bad Cactus Brass Band rocks KJZZ [Interview Archives] March 29, 2012
Special for 6/20 June 19, 2012
Sounds of Brazil November 30, 2012
Sonny Rollins September 06, 2012
Sonny Criss October 12, 2012
Smooth Jazz with Eric Marienthal March 22, 2012
Singers November 01, 2012
Russell Malone November 07, 2012
Roberta Gambarini August 09, 2012
Roberta Donnay November 12, 2012
Rising Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci April 02, 2012

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