Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson is the associate general manager for content at WRTI in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining WRTI, he was program director and content manager of WVTF in Virginia and special projects producer at WBGO in Newark, N.J. While at WBGO, Josh hosted Live at the Village Vanguard, a monthly concert series from the legendary New York jazz club. He was also the creator and host of Living With Music, a multimedia riff about jazz, discovery and other big ideas.

He started with a full-time gig and volunteer host position at WWOZ in New Orleans, landed a temporary production assistant job at American Routes and attended public radio boot camp at Murray Street Productions in New York. He has produced award-winning documentaries and more than 250 live concert recordings while at WBGO.

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How is the jazz community in Philadelphia responding to the global pandemic? Jazz Night in America found a few different answers to that question. 

How is the jazz community in Philadelphia responding to the global pandemic? Jazz Night in America found a few different answers to that question. In this video short, we'll explore how a performer, a private citizen and an entrepreneur are striving for resilience during a time of social upheaval and economic uncertainty. In the radio episode, we'll hear vibrant performances from a front porch, a backyard and a jazz club.

Philadelphia lost seven great musicians in the first four months of 2020. As a matter of cultural endowment, the loss represents the equivalent of whole libraries reduced to ash. These elders were the children of auto mechanics, beauticians, restaurant workers, scientists, unionizers and ministers — people who added measurable value to their communities. Each of the departed took the lived experience of Black America and articulated it with an instrument. They nurtured generations of musicians in this calling.