Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights


I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Pianist Randy Weston with Alisa Clancy


Bassist's Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Song stylist Bob Dorough with Alisa Clancy


Pianist Michael Smolens with Harry Richard Hall


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


Elaine Stritch
Three-time Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) became a star on Broadway before going on to play acclaimed film and TV roles, including Colleen on the hit sitcom 30 Rock. After a career spanning almost 70 years, Stritch retired to Michigan. She passed away at age 89. In one of her final interviews before her retirement, Elaine joined host Michael Feinstein for a candid talk about her life on the stage and off, along with some delightful musical highlights.


Charenee Wade
Jazz vocalist Charenee Wade began singing at age twelve and learned from jazz luminaries such as Carmen Lundy and Christian McBride. Her clear voice and high level of technique landed her first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition, and she followed this success with her debut album, Love Walked In. On this Song Travels, Wade performs jazz classics, including “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was” and “Blue Monk.”


Rob Schwimmer
Composer/pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. He has also penned scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin (known for the spooky music heard in classic horror films). He joins host Feinstein to talk about the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his own compositions.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


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


To Miles, From Wayne
In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous second quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of new works featuring Davis with orchestra. When the quintet broke up, Shorter put the scores away. Now, trumpeter Wallace Roney - a protégé of Davis- has received the scores from Shorter and prepared them for a performance at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Jazz Night presents the very first recording of “Universe” and other rare Wayne Shorter works performed by the Wallace Roney Orchestra, featuring Victor Gould (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums) and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


Reimagining Brubeck
Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the JALC Orchestra. Jazz Night explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth recordings from the JALC archive of Brubeck himself performing with the JALC Orchestra.



Wednesday at 9pm


Joe Wilder
This broadcast of Piano Jazz is in memory of trumpeter Joe Wilder (February 22, 1922 – May 9, 2014). Wilder had his first professional gig at age nineteen and went on to play with some of the most popular big band orchestras of the day. He continued recording and touring throughout his life and was awarded the Jazz Master Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In this 2001 session, Wilder joins McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwins’ “Lady be Good.”


Benny Green
Hard bop pianist Benny Green was mentored by Walter Bishop Jr. and has appeared on more than 100 recordings with artists such as Betty Carter, Milt Jackson, and Diana Krall. In 1993, Oscar Peterson chose Green to receive the Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. He joined McPartland for Piano Jazz in 2003, demonstrating his swinging style and musical sensitivity on tunes including “What Are Your Doing with the Rest of Your Life?” and “You Make Me Feel So Young.”


Cassandra Wilson
In this 1999 edition of Piano Jazz, recorded live at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, host McPartland welcomes vocalist Cassandra Wilson for an hour of jazz standards. Wilson is known for the enormous range of emotion in her performances. She delights with an array of tunes, joining McPartland and bassist Peter Washington for “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Old Devil Moon.”


Roy Hargrove
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove has played with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Mulgrew Miller, and Bobby Watson. His blazing sound, depth of feeling, and joy in playing was evident even from a young age, when he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis at a high school jazz clinic. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, Hargrove joins McPartland for “I Wish I Knew,” and McPartland performs “Threnody.”


Kenny Drew Jr.
This broadcast of Piano Jazz is in memory of pianist Kenny Drew Jr. (June 14, 1958 - August 3, 2014). The son of pianist Kenny Drew, who rose to fame in the fifties and sixties, Kenny Drew Jr. made his own way with a virtuosic career in both jazz and classical. He favored distinct, single-note lines but could also play in a full orchestral style. In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Monk’s “In Walked Bud,” then he and McPartland collaborate on “Falling in Love with You.”


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Celebrating 8 years of In The Moment
Celebrating 8 years of In The Moment, with an archival recording from Jim Bennett's collection, featuring the 10 piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, recorded on 7/10/95, at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, during their 20th anniversary tour of the U.S.


Erika Oba
As part of the 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series, at the California Jazz Conservatory, pianist and flutist Erika Oba led a newly formed trio on 7/12/14, featuring Chris Bastian on bass, and Ben Salomon on drums, with special guest Tim Kim on violin and vocals.


Ellen Robinson
Vocalist Ellen Robinson was recorded for KCSM's In The Moment on May 3rd, 2014, as part of Musically Minded Academy in Oakland's Featured Artists Concert Series with pianist Murray Low and bassist John Shifflett.


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


Whitney James
East coast based vocalist Whitney James returned to the Bay Area, for a performance on May 10th, 2014, at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. With Mike Olmos, trumpet; Walter Bankovitch, piano; Peter Barshay, bass; Dezson Claiborne, drums, and special guest vocalist Adam Blankman.