Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Vocalist Laurie Antonioli with Alisa Clancy


Percussionist Airto Moreira with Chris Cortez


Guitarist John Pizzarelli with Alisa Clancy


Vocalist Bill Henderson with Lee Thomas


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


Sheldon Harnick
Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been a pillar of Broadway for more than fifty years. His hit musicals include Fiorello!, Fidler on the Roof, and The Phantom Tollbooth. On this Song Travels, Harnick takes listeners on a musical journey through his career’s stories and songs.


Ann Hampton Callaway
Tony-nominated actress, vocalist, and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway has sung with top orchestras and big bands the world over. As a songwriter, she penned tunes for Barbara Streisand and wrote and sang the theme to the hit sitcom The Nanny. This week she performs a set of standards, including Our Love is Here to Stay.


Anthony Strong
British jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong built a reputation as a session pianist, supporting stars like B.B. King. His EP release Delovely reached number one on the UK charts, and he has continued his rise with his latest album of classic jazz songs and originals, Stepping Out. On this Song Travels, Strong brings his fresh take on the Great American Songbook with performances of old favorites along with a few modern standards.


Renée Fleming
Grammy-winning opera star and actress Renee Fleming has performed some of the greatest operatic roles ever written at the world’s leading concert halls. Her awards include a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement medal and the National Medal of Arts. This week she shares a few of her favorite selections, including songs by Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, and Leonard Cohen.


Gregory Porter
Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter had a breakout year in 2012. His album Be Good topped many “Best of” lists and was named iTunes Jazz Album of the Year. In 2014, Porter won a Grammy Award for his third album, Liquid Spirit, and NPR Music has called him “the next great male jazz singer.” On this Song Travels, Porter performs his original Water, and recalls Nat King Cole with Nature Boy.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Spokfrevo Orquestra: Carnival + Jazz
In Brazil, during Carnival, music fills the streets. The Spokfrevo Orquestra bring the joyous music from the streets of Brazil to the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Frevo” is a genre drawing from march, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music. Fronted by virtuoso saxophonist and arranger Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, better known as Spok, the 17-piece orquestra brings an adventurous program featuring special guests saxophonist Melissa Aldana and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Jazz Night in America brings you the highlights from this exhilarating performance while tracing the origins of Brazilian Carnival music.


Listen Closely
Mezzrow is New York City's newest listening room - a club where silence and attention is not only encouraged, but required. Jazz Night in America is the first to record there with featured Monday-night pianist, Johnny O'Neal, and guests.


Ellis Marsalis at 80
Ellis Marsalis celebrates his 80 birthday at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He's joined by Derek Douget on saxophone; Jason Stewart, bass and Herlin Riley on the drums.


2014 In Review
Legends passed away this year. In our year in review, we'll pay tribute to Charlie Haden, Horace Silver, and Gerald Wilson among others. We'll listen back to some of the best live performances recorded over the past 30 years from these musicians - all from the WBGO vault - and highlight remembrances from friends and loved ones.


Opening Night: Chucho Valdes, Pedrito Martinez & Wynton Marsalis
As the kickoff to its 2014-15 Season, Jazz At Lincoln Center celebrates Cuban music with a world-premiere commission featuring influential pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Together, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Santeria religion.



Wednesday at 9pm


Liz Story
A vital force on the West Coast Jazz scene, Pete Jolly (June 5, 1932 – November 6, 2004) was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas, and M*A*S*H. On this Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly demonstrates his swinging piano style with a solo on “You, the Night and the Music,” then McPartland joins in on Barbados. McPartland solos on Close Enough for Love, and the two performers create a rousing finale with a two-person version of Oleo.


Mel Torme
Described by Rex Reed as “America’s greatest male singer,” Mel Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999) was one of the most versatile performers of his day. On this Piano Jazz from 1992, Tormé shares how his classic The Christmas Song inspired him to put out his own holiday album. He sings and plays Too Late Now and Walking My Baby Back Home with McPartland joining in.


George Shearing
British jazz pianist George Shearing (August 13, 1919 – February 14, 2011) was a friend and frequent guest of Marian’s on Piano Jazz. On this special edition from 2001, Shearing joins McPartland to celebrate the holidays in a jazzy way! The two reminisce about seasons gone by and perform both traditional and contemporary holiday tunes, including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Away in a Manger, and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani (December 28, 1962 – January, 6 1999) was one of the greatest French jazz pianists of all time. Born with a genetic disease, he only stood at three feet, but with hands unaffected by his disease, Petrucciani had an extraordinary talent at the keys. He was only twenty-three when he joined McPartland for Piano Jazz. On this 1987 broadcast, Petrucciani plays his own composition, The Prayer, then he and McPartland combine their talents on John Coltrane’s Giant Steps.




In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Malachi Whitson Quintet
A celebration of Hard Bop and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, with the Malachi Whitson Quintet, as part of California Jazz Conservatory's 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series, in Berkeley, on July 18th, 2014. With Geechi Taylor, Alex Reyes, Omree Ga-loz and Aneesa Strings.


Scott Foster Quartet
A tribute to Art Pepper, a live jazz and book event, recorded September 19th, 2014, at the Bird & Beckett Bookstore, in San Francisco. With Laurie Pepper, author of the memoir Art: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman, the Scott Foster quartet featuring Larry de la Cruz, Tomoko Funaki and Omar Aran, and special guest Jerry Dodgion.


Noel Jewkes, Part 2
Saxophonist Noel Jewkes Part 2, recorded August 29th, 2014, at the Sound Room in Oakland with Grant Levin, Adam Gay and Mark Lee.


Bob Dorough
Part 2 of legendary vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Bob Dorough, recorded on July 27th, 2014 at Filoli Gardens. With guitarist Steve Berger, bassist Dean Reilly, drummer Vince Lateano and special guest vocalist Madeline Eastman.