As Saturday Swing Session approaches its fourth decade, the core remains mainstream jazz with an emphasis on musical history and swing. Sometimes host Phill Atteberry drifts toward traditional jazz with some Dixieland. At other times, he dips into classic pop with the likes of Sinatra, Nat Cole and Bing Crosby. There are always big doses of the big bands and a variety of creative soloists.
Saturday Swing Session first aired on WQLN Radio in 1985 with host Bill Garts. Bill and Phill met in 1990 and became good friends over the years, working closely together for Allegheny Jazz Society. After Bill’s death in the fall of 2013, at age 86, Phill had the privilege of taking over as host of Saturday Swing Session and carrying on Bill’s legacy.