Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Pianist Hiromi with Chris Cortez


Guitarist Nguyen Le with Alisa Clancy


Percussionist Anthony Brown with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Saxophonist Grace Kelly with Lee Thomas


Vocalist Sachal Vasandani with Alisa Clancy


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Johnny Smith
Johnny Smith was a cool-toned guitarist with phenomenal technique and a completely original language of eighth note based lines. His collaboration with Stan Getz on "Moonlight In Vermont" scored a hit in 1952, and he has remained a favorite among guitar players despite limited exposure in the landscape of jazz since the 1960's.


Tete Monteliu
One of the consummate sidemen in Europe during the heyday of American expatriates, Catalan pianist Monteliu played with all of the major horn players who made a home across the waters, including Dexter Gordon and Don Byas. His solos and trio work show a mastery of bebop mixed with humor and inventive phrasing.


Ellery Eskelin
A longtime mainstay of the progressive jazz scene in NYC, tenor saxophonist Eskelin has a broad and warm sound, which he combines with an idiosyncratic and slippery approach to the horn that keeps his diverse projects fresh and forward-leaning. An individual voice on the saxophone is a rare and special thing in this day and age, so don't miss this introduction to a real original!


Alice Coltrane
Before Alice Coltrane (formerly Mcleod) rose to prominence playing in her husband John's late-period ensembles, she had established herself as a unique voice on the piano and harp. After his passing, she continued to record and perform a distinctive take on the spiritual free jazz of the 60's, with an emphasis more on sweeping textures and patient development than on the intense cacaphony of some of her peers, and as a result has enjoyed a continuing appreciation from not only jazz diehards but hipsters, hippies, and everyone in between.


Art Lande
A distinctive pianist, drummer, and guru of creative music, Art Lande has been inspiring young players and recording since his debut on ECM records in 1973. His mentorship and education of young musicians has had a huge effect on the landscape of jazz, and his music is deeply melodic, intelligent, and full of left turns.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Carlos Henriquez – The Bronx Pyramid
In “The Bronx Pyramid”, bassist Carlos Henriquez acknowledges the neighborhood where he was born and raised. In songs like “Joshua’s Dream” and “Brook Ave" this talented young Nuyorican composer brings together afro-latin traditions and his JALCO jazz pedigree to pay tribute to his family and the community that raised him.


50 Years Of Monday Nights At The Vanguard
In the middle of their careers, the trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big band music -- and no band to perform it. So they made their own, handpicking some of New York's top talent across age and color lines. They rehearsed on Monday nights, when guys could actually make rehearsal. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with, soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night. Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show, full of cuts from Thad's songbook, and tells thestoryof how the band came to be.


Catherine Russell at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Catherine Russell remembers her late mother, singer Carline Ray, in a performance honoring the vocal jazz trio tradition. Russell shares stories of her mother’s journey in jazz through coming up in the 1940s as a black woman.


Dew Drop Jazz Hall with Leroy Jones
Trumpeter, Leroy Jones, started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy is known in the Big Easy as the “Keeper of the Flame” for keeping New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.


The Ladybugs do Disney
The Ladybugs are a young band who draw on elements of hot swing, American folk music and blues. But their most salient features, the voices of dual frontwomen Martina DaSilva and Kate Davis, immediately recall an era when intricate vocal harmonies were more common in jazz. Appropriately enough, the quintet recently took on a program drawn from classic Walt Disney films at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola within Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz Night in America dives into how the group developed on the New York "hot" jazz scene and what new things can be done with the Disney songbook.



Wednesday at 9pm


Jim Ferguson
Bassist and vocalist Jim Ferguson got his start in South Carolina, where his father was a church music director. He picked up the bass late in high school and learned to play on the job before taking formal lessons. He went on to play with greats such as Teddy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Mose Allison, and Stephen Grappelli. On this Piano Jazz from 2001, Ferguson joins host McPartland to perform While We’re Young and McPartland’s There’ll Be Other Times.


Tania Maria
Born in Brazil to a musical family, pianist and vocalist Tania Maria was leading her own group of professional musicians by the time she was thirteen. In the 1970s she moved to Paris, and she first came into the international spotlight through her work in jazz festivals. In the 1980s Tania Maria moved to New York, where she recorded a number of hit albums and worked with some of the most renowned jazz artists in the world. On this 1994 Piano Jazz, Maria performs her own composition Carona then solos on Ta’ Tudo Certo.


Richard Sudhalter (Tribute to Artie Shaw)
Cornetist and jazz historian Richard Sudhalter (1938 – 2008) joined Marian McPartland on several occasions to provide historical perspective on great performers and songs from the golden era of jazz. In 2002, He sat down with McPartland to talk about Artie Shaw (1910 – 2004). Shaw was known for his unparalleled virtuosity and as a successful bandleader with a limitless imagination. Piano Jazz honors Shaw with selections including Love of My Life and Any Old Time.


Dena DeRose
Singer and pianist Dena DeRose has performed at some of the most renowned venues in the world, from The Blue Note in New York to Swing Hall in Japan. She has shared the stage with artists including Clark Terry, Ray Brown, and Ingrid Jensen. She teaches at the Jazz Institute of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Austria, and continues to perform worldwide. She was McPartland’s guest in this 2001 session. DeRose opens the show with If I Should Lose You and McPartland joins for I’m Old Fashioned.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Natalie Cressman Quintet
Part 2 of the Natalie Cressman Quintet’s tribute to legendary composer, arranger and trombonist Melba Liston, recorded at the Joe Henderson Lab in the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, on March 3rd, 2016. With Erik Jekabson, Colin Hogan, Tommy Folen and Eric Garland.


Itamar Borochov
New York based trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov brought his unique sound to the California Jazz Conservatory on February 12th, 2016. With Jay Sawyer, Justin Carney and Maya Kronfeld who performs with her trio this Saturday May 14th, as part of KCSM's In The Moment Concert Series, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland.


Michael Blake
Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake, a mainstay of the New York Jazz Scene for the past three decades, made his Bay Area debut as a leader, on March 13th, 2016, at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. With Frank Kimbrough, Ben Allison and Rudy Royston.


Piano Flamenco Explorations
Piano Flamenco Explorations, with pianist Alex Conde, percussionist Shahin Gorgani, and bassist Matt Baker, recorded on January 29th, 2016 at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland.