Friday, November 13, 2020


 Seton Hall’s Long-Running Concert Series Offers Jazz Education During the Pandemic

As the old adage says, “the show must go on.” With venues and performance spaces closed due to the pandemic, WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, has partnered with the College of Communication and the Arts’ Jazz ‘n the Hall concert series to air two programs focused on educating listeners about jazz music. 

WHEN: The shows will air on consecutive Saturdays beginning Nov. 14 and ensures that the school’s long-running jazz series continues despite COVID-19.

Jazz ‘n the Hall, part of the College’s Arts Council brings world-renown musicians and jazz ensembles, as well as educational programs, to the Seton Hall community, typically four times per year. In 2020, nothing is typical. COVID-19 safety protocols meant postponing this fall’s performances. That’s when WSOU offered to partner with Jazz ‘n the Hall to incorporate some its annual programming into its broadcast schedule. 

The programs airing on WSOU are:

A Brief History of Jazz
Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m.

Seton Hall adjunct professors Gregory Scime and Douglas Purviance, as well as pianist Scott Arcangel, take listeners on a journey through jazz history that includes iconic musical selections and informative discussions.

Jazz Vocalists 
Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9 p.m.

A survey of the many great jazz voices. Featured in this program will be jazz vocal repertoire ranging from the great classic blues singer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey to the contemporary jazz vocals of Diana Krall.

Jazz ‘n the Hall is a Seton Hall tradition and with public performances not an option this fall, the students and staff of WSOU wanted to be sure that this tradition wasn’t lost to the pandemic,” said general manager Mark Maben. “A Brief History of Jazz and Jazz Vocalists are annual events that appeal to students and community members alike. Adapting these popular performances for radio is a wonderful way for WSOU to support our campus colleagues while also bringing some joy to the Seton Hall community and beyond.”

Jazz 'n the Hall is part of the Arts Council, an initiative supporting the integral role of the arts in higher education. The Arts Council is housed in the College of Communication and the Arts. Additional Arts Council programming includes the Classical Concert Series, Poetry-in-the Round, Seton Hall Theatre, and exhibitions by the Walsh Gallery. Learn more about the council at

About WSOU

WSOU 89.5 FM, which began broadcasting in 1948, is the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University. Celebrated for its loud rock format and coverage of Seton Hall athletics, WSOU’s signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey and is available on iHeartRadio. WSOU was the 2016 winner of the National Broadcasters Association’s Marconi Award for Noncommercial Station of the Year and a 2019 nominee for the Marconi Award for Best College Radio Station. More information about the station can be found online at and