Jed Distler

Program Host

Jed Distler is Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network and program host of Between the Keys, Tuesdays at 10 pm.

Composer/pianist Jed Distler, Artist-in-Residence and acclaimed host for Between the Keys on WWFM - The Classical Network moves up the dial monthly to WWFM - JazzOn2 for his two-hour show Piano Excursions, exploring the extraordinary range and breadth of jazz piano.  

You can hear Piano Excursions every second Sunday, from 8-10pm, eastern, on JazzOn2.

Called “a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer” (The New York Times), Jed Distler is artistic director of ComposersCollaborative, Inc., a New York-based organization responsible for 30 years worth of innovative programs and new music events, such as a record-breaking outdoor 175 keyboard performance, plus more than 150 world premiers. Jed’s long resume of artistic collaborations read like a Who’s Who of New York culture spanning the past forty years. His work is available on the Bridge, Nonesuch, New World, Point, Decca and Musical Concepts labels. As a Steinway artist, Jed has been recording a wide range of repertoire for the Steinway Spirio High Definition Player Piano. A contributing writer to Gramophone and, Jed made headlines by helping uncover a major classical music hoax in 2007, citing hundreds of recordings falsely credited to Joyce Hatto. Jed was a recipient of a Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson ASCAP award in 2012, and is a former MacDowell Colony fellow. For the full scope of Jed’s multi-faceted musical life, visit his Website.

Airing every first Saturday of the month at 1 PM, Kids on Keys showcases some of the finest young piano talent in the Central and Southern New Jersey area and in the Philadelphia region.

The September 1st program will present works by Haydn, Schumann, Prokofiev and Chopin, performed by Jenny Liang. Dinghan Luo, Andy Wu and Angeline Ma. 

Hosted and produced by The Classical Network's ASCAP award winning Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, Kids on Keys is proudly sponsored by Jacobs Music

Every first Saturday of the month, Kids on Keys showcases live performances by emerging young piano talents from the Classical Network's immediate broadcast areas of South and Central New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia and New York. 

This Saturday August 4th at 1:00 PM, Kids on Keys features pianists Sean Baker, Jennifer Liu, Philips Bailint, Jimmy Chen and Ami Hatori, along with legendary Prokofiev recordings from 1969 by the teenaged Russian piano prodigy Yekaterina Ervy-Novitskaya.

New concert music by the acclaimed composer and jazz pianist Fred Hersch is the focus of this week's episode of Between the Keys. Join The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler on Tuesday April 3rd at 10:00 PM for music and conversation with pianist Eunbi Kim, who has recorded Fred Hersch's music for her new solo debut CD release.

Join Jed Distler for Between the Keys on Tuesday July 11th at 10 PM, for the first of two episodes celebrating the prolific and wide-ranging piano legacy of Vladimir Ashkenazy, who turns 80 this month. Spanning more than half a century of music making, the recordings selected for this week's show include works by Kreisler/Rachmaninov, Chopin, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Brahms and Rautavaara.

Join Jed Distler for Between the Keys on Tuesday June 27th at 10 PM for an unusual yet captivating episode, as renown visual artist, musician and media figure Mark Kostabi drops in for music and conversation. We'll hear works by Kostabi, along with piano music by Janacek, Liszt and Carla Bley.