Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


The Cookers with Alisa Clancy


Saxophonist Nancy Wright with Kathleen Lawton


Trumpeter Donald Byrd with Dick Conte (1991 Archive)


Bassist Brian Bromberg with Alisa Clancy


Jazz Ambassador Dorthaan Kirk with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Stephen Riley
Although his associations are with top-shelf names in modern jazz, Stephen Riley is taking things at his own pace. His playing is both historical and innovative-with a husky, nuanced sound, and a slithering, weaving way of playing lines, he has found a hip and new identity in the tradition of players like Paul Gonsalves and Lucky Thompson.


Albert Dailey
A promising star of jazz piano in the 60s and 70s, Albert Dailey brought a rich and complex post-bop sound to the bands of Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon & Art Blakey. His early death in the 80s cut short a great career, and most of his music remains outrageously out of print today.


Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra
One of the more challenging and rewarding projects of the great bassist Charlie Haden, this large ensemble played music that celebrated the power of protest against political injustice and explored the musical bonds that can hold improvisers together through chaos.


Barry Harris
A master of jazz piano in the tradition of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Barry Harris is one of the last remaining giants of the 1950s. His delicate touch and deep understanding of bebop harmony elevated the bands of Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, and others, and his indefatigable work as a teacher has inspired new generations to keep the flames burning.


John Tchicai
A truly original voice of the alto saxophone, John Tchicai brought much-needed intelligence and warmth to the free jazz movement of the 1960s through his work with the New York Art Quartet. Through long stretches in New York, California, and his native Denmark, Tchicai kept a constantly shifting and evolving presence on the scene, touring until his death in 2012.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Jazz Night in Panama
Today, no one person is doing more to underscore Jazz and Panama connection than Danilo Perez, renowned pianist, educator, and Panama's official Cultural Ambassador. We take you to his Panama Jazz Festival, the grand vehicle behind his greater mission of introducing underserved kids to music and inspiring greater social change in his developing nation.


50 Years Of Monday Nights At The Vanguard
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night at the famed club. 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 the story of how the band came to be.


Remembering Dave 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.


Samora Pinderhuges' The Transformations Suite
Jazz Night in America travels to Berkeley, to showcase Bay Area-native, mid-twenties pianist/composer, Samora Pinderhuges' "Transformations Suite", which challenges the status quo, and combines theater, music and poetry to examine and explore the history of African diasporic protest, work and protest movements.


Marilyn May, Cabaret
88-year old singer/actress/living legend Marilyn May shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times. Now, for the first time, May performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center's most intimate venue - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.



Wednesday at 9pm


Toots Thielemans
This week Piano Jazz remembers Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans (1922-2016), unrivaled master of the jazz harmonica. He was recognized the world over for his trademark style and tender sound, and he worked with greats such as Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. With a list of recording credits including the theme for Sesame Street, alongside film scores and commercials, Thielemans was a legend. In this session from 2005, he exchanges stories with McPartland and joins her for Giant Steps and Georgia.


Jeannie Cheatham
Pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham began piano lessons at the tender age of five and at 13 became intoxicated with the sounds of jazz. Cheatham toured with such blues artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, T-Bone Walker, Odetta, and Big Mama Thornton. In the 1950s she met her husband, bass trombonist Jimmy Cheatham, and the pair formed the Sweet Baby Blues Band. On this 1989 Piano Jazz, Cheatham performs Midnight Mam. McPartland and Cheatham join forces for a swinging duet on Perdido.


Lalo Schifrin
Composer, arranger, and pianist Lalo Schifrin trained classically as a young man in Argentina. He went on to study at the Paris Conservatory as he developed a career as a jazz musician, playing and recording in Europe. He has written more than 100 film and television scores and has won multiple Grammys and Academy Award nominations. On this 1997 Piano Jazz, Schifrin treats listeners to a solo version of his composition Down Here on the Ground from the hit movie Cool Hand Luke.


Kendra Shank
From a background in visual arts and French literature at the University of Washington, Kendra Shank has been pursuing a successful singing career from Seattle to Paris to New York, where she is currently based. Shank's sensuous phrasing and crystal clear tone have earned praise from critics and fans alike. On this Piano Jazz from 2007, Shank's thoughtful yet emotional voice illuminates Jerome Kern's Long Ago and Far Away. Shank also shows off her skill on the guitar, as she joins McPartland for In the Days of Our Love.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Aaron Goldberg
Boston born and New York based pianist Aaron Goldberg recorded on September 18th, 2006 at Yoshi's in Oakland. With drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rodgers.


A Tribute to Thad Jones with the Kelly Park Big Band
A Tribute To Thad Jones with the Kelly Park Big Band, recorded April 16th, 2016, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. Saxes: John Douglas, Kate Pittard, Herman Lara, Brenda Thompson, Michael Peloquin; Trumpets: Marcel Marchetti, Fraset Hutchinson, Jonathan Ballard, Stephen Saxon; Trombones: Colleen Callan, Charles Hamilton, Rick Brown, George Gables; piano: Tom Suczek; bass: Mark Levine; drums: Kelly Park.


Denny Zeitlin
Remembering Miles Davis... A special evening of solo jazz piano with the legendary Denny Zeitlin, exploring seminal compositions that inspired Miles Davis over the course of his ground-breaking career. Recorded December 9th, 2016 at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland.


Hristo Vitchev Quartet
The Hristo Vitchev Quartet recorded December 4th, 2016 at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay. With Jasnam Daya Singh (Weber Iago), piano; Dan Robbins, bass; Mike Shannon, drums.