Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Trombonist Steve Turre with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with Alisa Clancy


Pianist Dorothy Donegan with Dick Conte


Vocalist Ed Reed with Michael Burman


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Ralph Lalama
A legend in the New York jazz world, tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama has been a featured member in the big bands of Woody Herman and Thad Jones, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In his small group work, he blasts through a gruff and swinging approach to hard bop that speaks the language of jazz without resting in cliche.


Tomasz Stanko
Trumpet player and composer Tomasz Stanko has been an anchor of the jazz scene in Eastern Europe since the 1960's. His career has had several distinct and influential periods, including his work with pianists Krzysztof Komeda and Adam Makowicz and collaborations with American artists like Don Cherry. In the last 20 years, a series of intense and haunting releases for ECM have brought his music across the world.


Toshiko Akiyoshi (small group recordings)
Pianist and composer Akiyoshi has a happy problem- her influence and renown as a big band leader have given her a specific fame that unfortunately obscures some of her other fine contributions to the world of jazz. Early in her career, she recorded multiple small group albums that highlighted both her Bud Powell-inflected piano playing and her ability to craft elegant and interesting originals.


Bobby Hutcherson Memorial Broadcast
The recent loss of Bobby Hutcherson has resonated deeply across all parts of the jazz community, partly due to the generous spirit he shared with so many colleagues, and partly due to the fact that in his 50 year career as the foremost vibraphone player in the world of jazz, he crossed into every genre imaginable. Tonight, we will revisit some of his most significant contributions as a sideman and bandleader, and celebrate the life and work of one of jazz's greatest musicians.


Joe Temperly
Joe Temperley, who passed away on May 19th of this year, was the longtime baritone saxophonist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Originally from Scotland, he was the anchor for many legendary big bands. He was also one of the finest solo voices in the history of the instrument, with an effortless singing sound, superb phrasing, and a style that could handle modern language and rhythm without sacrificing the roots of swing.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Jazz Loft DC Jazz Loft Trios
Jazz has its capital cities: major gathering places like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages to live plenty well in many other places too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of Capitalbop in Washington, D.C. as they presented three musicians from the Baltimore-Washington metropolis. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from CapitalBop's warehouse loft stage at the 2015 DC Jazz Festival, featuring three trios led by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, bassist Kris Funn, and alto saxophonist Gary Thomas.


The Jay and Kai Project
Jazz Night in America presents the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner. Gardner invites his section parter Elliot Mason to tackle material from the "Jay and Kai”project, which featured trombonist Kai Winding. We hear from both Gardner and Mason about what made this project so special. Also, Jazz Night in America pulls back the curtain on Johnson, the composer, courtesy of archival interview tape provided by biographer Joshua Berrett and we learn about Johnson, the man, from Carolyn Johnson who was Johnson’s wife from 1992 until his death in 2001.




Cecile and Sullivan
Tracing back to the earliest forms of jazz, the piano voice duo achieved a level of communication that created musical intimacy. Even if there wasn’t a romance, it was a love affair of voice and piano. Jazz Night in America spends the hour with the distinct chemistry between pianist Sullivan Fortner and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Get to know the charming duo on stage at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola beside a piano in a Harlem brownstone.


Many Miles Ahead
It was once said that Miles Davis to jazz is like Hemingway is to the American novel, like Picasso is to art. But he was more than just a jazz celebrity, he was an icon of style and artistry. Jazz Night in America explores some iconic interpretations of Miles Davis - on the silver screen, the page, and on the bandstand with the actor Don Cheadle, writer Quincy Troupe and trumpeter, Keyon Harrold.



Wednesday at 9pm


Marilyn Crispell
Critics hail pianist Marilyn Crispell as a “luminous presence at the forefront of creative music.” Known for challenging compositions and improvisations, she plays free jazz with an evocative and disciplined style. She has performed on stages the world over and in 2005 received a Guggenheim Fellowship. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, Crispell solos her own composition Fragments. She and McPartland conclude the hour with Monk’s Straight, No Chaser.


David Sanchez
Multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanchez weaves threads of Latin American and North American jazz into a colorful tapestry. His vast experience includes performances with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Kenny Barron. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, bassist John Benitez, drummer Adam Cruz, and host McPartland join Sanchez in a quartet to perform My Shining Hour and The Way You Look Tonight.


Marty Napoleon
Pianist Marty Napoleon (1921 – 2015) came from a musical family. He was the nephew of trumpeter and bandleader Phil Napoleon and brother of pianist Teddy Napoleon. In 1950 he joined his uncle’s group, The Memphis Five, and later became a member of the Big Four, led by Charlie Ventura. He also played with Louis Armstrong’s All Stars, led his own trio, and performed as a soloist. On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Napoleon solos on his original Over and Over, and McPartland joins for All of Me.


Norah Jones
Vocalist Norah Jones has a smoky, sweet voice that makes standards sound not only revived, but completely new. Her style branches out into the realms of folk, country and western, soul, pop, and jazz. In 2003, the year she was McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz, she won her first Grammy Awards for her debut album, Come Away with Me. Jones brings her warm vocals to Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You, and McPartland and Jones kick off a Beautiful Friendship.


Walter Davis, Jr.
Pianist Walter Davis, Jr. (1932 – 1990) spent more than four decades contributing to the development of jazz history. He worked with a wide variety of talent including Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Shortly after sitting down with McPartland for Piano Jazz in 1990, this great giant in the jazz world passed away. One of the great bebop stylists of his time, Davis plays his own tune, Backgammon and joins McPartland for a tribute to one of his main influences with Blue Monk.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


The John Santos Sextet
The John Santos Sextet, with special guest vocalist Destani Wolf, recorded January 24th, 2016, presented by the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay. With John Calloway, Melecio Magdaluyo, Marco Diaz, Saul Sierra and David Flores, drums.


Willie Jones III
A rebroadcast with drummer Willie Jones III, featured in a trio setting with pianist Eric Reed and bassist Rob Amster, recorded on February 28, 2007, at Yoshi's in Oakland.


Marty Ehrlich
Reed player Marty Ehrlich’s "Song" Quartet, recorded at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, on August 15th, 2002, as part of the 13th Annual Eddie Moore Festival. With Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek and Gerald Cleaver.


Larry Vuckovich Bay Area All Stars
The Larry Vuckovich Bay Area All Stars with vocalist Jackie Ryan, recorded at The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in Half Moon Bay, on November 15th 2015. With Noel Jewkes, Rob Roth, Josh Workman, Hector Lugo, Daniel Moreno, Jeff Chambers, James Gallagher, Carlos Reyes and Awa Sangho.


Akira Tana and Otonowa
Drummer Akira Tana and Otonowa, recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, on June 29th, 2014, with Masaru Koga, Noriyuki Ken Okada and Ben Stolorow. The Otonowa Project is doing a fundraiser for their tour of Japan, this Friday August 26th, at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, and in San Jose at the Japanese American National Museum, this Saturday August 27th, for the Kumamoto earthquake victims.