Colors of Jazz

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  • Sunday

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Thomas Dickens and Scott Hopkins are your Sunday evening hosts for The Colors of Jazz. Thomas and Scott have been working together to bring you the very best in jazz of all colors, flavors, varieties and styles.

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Thomas Dickens  

Scott Hopkins  

Scott began his radio career at Lehigh University, programming shows on its two sister stations, WLRN and WLVR. He was a DJ playing pop, free-form rock and everything in between. While there, he discovered the jazz library that had not been touched for years, and he began a weekly jazz show in addition to his other programs.

After graduation, Scott moved to the Tampa area, where he eventually bought a record store, School Kids Records, across from the former Schlitz plant on 30th Street, near the University of South Florida. The store closed in 1978. During that time, he was also co-editor of Music Media, a local music magazine.

In 1979, WUSF 89.7 decided to expand its jazz programming from two programs a week to a nightly jazz program from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Scott began programming jazz there immediately and continued until 2005. For at least a dozen of those 26 years, Scott and Thomas had back-to-back programs and developed a powerful jazz friendship.

1979 was also the year that WMNF was born. Shortly thereafter, Scott was host of the original Saturday Night Soul Party, alternating weeks with Brad Sutton. He did the show from 1979 to 1980.

Scott continues to write about music locally and around the state. In 2014, his son, Spencer, surprised him with his own music blog, Tie Your Shoes Reviews. Currently, there are more than 300 concert, festival and album reviews and previews on the site.

In February of 2015, he was approached about joining the online music publication MusicFestNews. Scott is now the editor-in-chief, and most of his reviews appear there.

A meeting, chance meeting in a Public parking lot in July of 2015 reunited Scott and Thomas, and Thomas was kind enough to invite Scott to sit in on The Colors of Jazz. The rest, as they say, is history. Scott also guest-hosts on In the Groove, the jam band show on Tuesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight.

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