WIUM Tristates Public Radio

Jazz with Bob Parlocha

Saturday 11:00pm- Sunday 6:00am
  • Hosted by Bob Parlocha

Bob Parlocha
Credit Brian McMillen

  Bob Parlocha's rich, elegant voice is familiar to jazz audiences as host of the highly rated "Dinner Jazz Show" at the former KJAZ.

Born and reared in Vallejo, California, Bob learned about jazz from his mother's Count Basie and Duke Ellington records. He grew up listening to former KJAZ owner Pat Henry, broadcasting at that time on KROW, and to Jerry Dean, who used to do a weekly KJAZ show from Vallejo. In high school Bob played tenor and soprano saxophones and flute and sang in road bands.

A sensitive programmer, articulate spokesman for jazz, and astute analyst of the music scene, Bob's master of ceremonies style has enhanced many jazz concerts and fundraisers. His credits include the Gil Evans Orchestra's concert at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival, Oakland Arts Explosion, Jazz at the Palace, Bay Area Jazz Awards, the San Francisco International KJAZ Festival, and KJAZ host on the SS Norway Jazz Cruises.

Bob generously donates his time to jazz causes, especially those aiding Bay Area musicians. He also delights in identifying and developing younger air talent. Bob still enjoys playing saxophone, sharing his talents with Bay Area audiences.