About James Luce

James Luce & Clarice Assad at WNYC's Greene Space

After 25 years on the air as program host of jazz and classical music programs, beginning in 1998, James Luce spearheaded a decade-long series of globally-distributed, award-winning documentaries in partnerships with WBGO-FM in Newark, New Jersey, WTRI in Philadelphia, Public Radio International in Minneapolis, The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, and National Public Radio in New York and Washington, DC.

These programs told the definitive stories of several of the most prominent American musicians of all time - on the occasions of the centennial celebrations of their births.

These aired worldwide on public radio:
(1999) Duke Ellington Centennial Radio Project
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong. listen
(2001 NPR Jazz) Jazz Profiles - Miles Styles and Jazz Profiles - Kind of Blue Winner Peabody Award.
(2004 NPR Jazz) Jazz Profiles - Count Basie’s World and The Count Basie Centennial Concert - Host: Avery Brooks.

Other work includes:
A Child is Born. A Spiritual Christmas with Geri Allen.
Trauma and Prayer: Quisque congue porttitor ullamcorp
Islamic Prayer: Body, Community, and Spirit
The Jesus Prayer: An Ancient Christian Prayer in the Context of Community-