Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Christian Tumalan & Steffen Kuehn of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Bassist Richard Bona with Chris Cortez


Guitarist B.B. King with Greg Bridges


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane with Chris Cortez


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Arthur Rhames
A legend of the underground jazz scene in NY, Arthur Rhames was a dedicated prodigy with staggering technique and expressive capabilities on electric guitar, piano, and tenor saxophone. His short list of recordings show a musician fully utilizing the lessons of John Coltrane, open to the new sounds of funk and R&B, and improvising with a rare intensity. Through some abrupt ups and downs, he carved his own path through a world largely indifferent to his abilities; when stage opportunities dwindled, he turned to the streets and supported himself as a busker, and eventually died in obscurity. His reputation has been honored by the words of fans like Vernon Reid, Rashied Ali, and Bill Frisell, and his surviving recordings show a marvelous musical mind at work.


Martial Solal
Pianist Martial Solal is one of the most significant French jazz artists after Django Reinhardt. A technical genius, his inventive lines and flexible time bend the rules of jazz phrasing. By the time he became internationally known partly through his score to Jen-Luc Godard's classic film "Breathless", Solal already had years of experience playing and recording in Paris with American greats of several generations, including Lucky Thompson, Don Byas, and Sidney Bechet. His trio and solo recordings since the 1960's show a boundary-melting approach to classic jazz that bristles with energy and ideas.


Bobby Bradford
One of the great brass players of the free jazz world, Bobby Bradford was an early compatriot of Ornette Coleman, with whom he recorded and played through some of Coleman's most important periods. With a punchy tone and precise approach to an often chaotic idiom, he distinguished himself as one of the few original voices on the cornet, and has played a role in re-popularizing the instrument with jazz musicians. His lengthy association with clarinetist John Carter yielded some of the best jazz of the 1970's and 80's, and his work as a bandleader, composer, and educator continues to be a motivating force for the scene in L.A.


Mary Halvorson
Originally inspired by educator Anthony Braxton, guitarist Mary Halvorson has carved out an important role as one of the strongest voices of the young forward-leaning jazz scene of NYC. Her associations as a side woman with Tim Berne, Myra Melford, and Marc Ribot have given her a wide audience and rare critical acclaim, and her work as a bandleader, especially in her trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith, shows a great balance of ability and creativity.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Prestige At 65
Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops. His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center and we pay tribute to the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, who died on August 25th.


Duke, Dizzy, Mingus and Coltrane
We get to be tourists this week. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra takes us to Latin America and Spain, through the work of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane. Excerpts from Tijuana Moods, Latin American Suite and Ole Coltrane take us to a Tijuana gift shop and a Spanish bullfight, but we'll also get a look inside the heads of these 3 jazz greats, and learn what makes them some of the best storytellers jazz has ever known.


Ali Jackson’s tribute to his mentor, Max Roach
Max Roach: bepop pioneer, drum innovator, social activist, teacher, and so much more. He blazed a path for jazz that burns brightest today in his former student Ali Jackson. Jackson -- himself a multi-hyphenate as percussion wizard, composer, and arranger – studied under Roach after meeting him at twelve. Many years later, Jackson pays tribute to his mentor with an all-star ensemble. This exclusive one-night celebration of Roach was captured by Jazz Night in America.


Pianist Eric Lewis has a led a music career in and out of the traditional jazz cannon. Often performed under his stage name ELEW, Lewis has been performing solo piano "Rockjazz" for the past 6 years. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, Lewis "returns" to jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola with a burning trio featuring Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.



Wednesday at 9pm


Oliver Jones
Oliver Jones is one of Canada’s premiere pianists and winner of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award. As a child he took lessons with Daisy Peterson Sweeney, Oscar Peterson’s sister. With a long career as a performer, composer, and educator, Jones is an important player in the international jazz piano scene. Piano Jazz celebrates Jones’ 82nd birthday with this session from 1990. His music speaks for itself as he plays his own tune Jordio. Then McPartland and Jones say it all with Three Little Words.


Leonard Feather
Leonard Feather (1914 – 1994) was hailed as “the Dean of Jazz Journalists.” He critiqued artists for Downbeat, Melody Maker, Wire, and his own weekly syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times. He authored works including The Jazz Years: Ear Witness to an Era and The Encyclopedia of Jazz. Feather also played piano and composed works recorded by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Sarah Vaughan, to name a few. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, he solos on Lost in the Stars, and an original Blues Medley.


Cecilia Smith
Vibraphonist Cecilia Smith is a leading proponent of the four-mallet technique. She has performed at nightclubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world and collaborated with greats such as Mulgrew Miller, Cecil Bridgewater, and Randy Weston. On this Piano Jazz from 2000, she and McPartland combine talents in a rendition of “Old Devil Moon.” Smith solos on her Lullaby for Miles and Bill and a piece dedicated to her mother, Mourning Before Grace.


Lee Musiker
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger Lee Musiker has long worked with leading jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway performers. He conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra in the US and Canada. He has also worked as a music director for top artists, and his work can be heard on the soundtracks of Hollywood films. Musiker brings a wealth of knowledge to this 2005 Piano Jazz, performing Fascinating Rhythm with McPartland.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Tammy Hall Trio
Billy! Stevie! Nina! with the Tammy Hall Trio, recorded February 20th, 2016, at the California Jazz Conservatory. Pianist Tammy Hall paid tribute to three musical institutions in one night, celebrating the genius and activism of Dr. Billy Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. With bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Darian Gray.


Darren Johnston's Quartet
"Studies Around A Study In Brown," a tribute to Clifford Brown & Max Roach, with trumpeter Darren Johnston's Quartet, recorded at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With Darren Johnston, Hamir Atwal, John Wiitala and Patrick Wolff. Darren performs at Musically Minded Academy again this Saturday September 10th, presenting an exciting arrangement of Eric Dolphy's Far Cry.


Laura Klein
Spring Is Near: The Music of Laura Klein” recorded at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, on March 12th, 2016, featuring original compositions by Bay Area pianist/composer Laura Klein. With bassist Jeff Neighbor and drummer Jason Lewis.


Kalil Wilson and Love
Vocalist Kalil Wilson and Love, recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory on July 17th, 2016. With Dan Marschak, Cindy Browne-Rosefield, Isaac Schwartz and Will Magid.


Crossing Borders
The Canadian-American quintet, Crossing Borders, recorded July 24th, 2016, presented by the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House, on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay. Co-led by vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott, and saxophonist Kristen Strom with guitarist Scott Sorkin, bassist Rene and drummer Jason Lewis.