Roger Wilder, The Jazz Geek, is the host of KKFI’s Jazz Afternoon on Fridays. He plays new releases, classic jazz, local jazz, and birthdays of jazz artists.
He can be heard around town with his own ensembles, Angela Hagenbach, The Sons of Brasil, The People’s Liberation Bog Band of greater Kansas City, Tim Doherty’s 9+1, and the Boulevard Big Band and appears on some of their CD’s.
The Jazz Geek was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami and settled in Kansas City in the year 2000. He hopes to release his own CD in 2012.
Mr. Wilder is an adjunct jazz professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
"Jazz Afternoon with the Jazz Geek" usually includes birthdays of famous and not so famous jazz musicians, recent releases, local artists, interviews, and classic jazz from the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles, Coltrane, Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside, etc. Heavy on the small group instrumental jazz; light on vocalists and big bands.