Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Organist Trudy Pitts and drummer Bill Carney "Mr. C" with Michael Burman


Bassist Avery Sharpe with Greg Bridges


Saxophonist Johnny Griffin with Dick Conte from the KJAZ Archive


Pianist Taylor Eigsti with Alisa Clancy


Saxophonist Ornette Coleman with Writer/Musicologist Robert Palmer


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


David Hyde Pierce
Actor, singer, and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the television series Frasier. A Tony Award-winning stage actor, Pierce joins Feinstein to talk about everything from Beethoven to Monty Python. He performs a few of his favorite songs, including a duet of You’re the Top with Feinstein at the piano.


Marilyn Maye
Actress and vocalist Marilyn Maye is a lifelong performer with a career spanning nearly eight decades. Her big break came in the 1950s and she went on to become a staple of the New York and West Coast Cabaret scenes. She appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson a total of 76 times and has released a number of notable albums. On this edition of Song Travels, Maye joins host Feinstein for a medley of Big Time and Open a New Window.


Arturo O’Farrill
Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill and has carried on his father’s legacy as director of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. On this Song Travels, Arturo O’Farrill brings his own interpretation to Not Now, Right Now by Papo Vazquez along with a performance of his original tune Siboney.


Bobby McFerrin
Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit Don’t Worry Be Happy, which was the first a capella song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz Vocal, and has created a concert version of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. This week, McFerrin stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of the Gershwins.


Rebecca Roubion
The songs of Nashville-based indie vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars. Drawing from the influences of Carole King and Eva Cassidy, her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, and her single Break was included on the 2014 album Nashville’s Indie Spotlight. Roubion joins Feinstein to talk about her recordings, Fields and Forests, and she performs her original songs Vacherie Girl and Feel Better Sam.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Joey Alexander
Jazz Night in America explores jazz prodigies from different eras, including 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander, whose first album came out this spring.


Tootie Heath at 80!
Jazz icon Tootie Heath turned 80 on May 31st, and we help him celebrate the occasion! Popular opinion suggests that the drummer sounds better than ever, entering his eighth decade.


Ali Jackson Celebrates Max Roach
In a one-night-only salute to the father of modern drumming, JLCO member Ali Jackson illuminates Max Roach’s conceptual and artistic genius, featuring percussionist Victor Provost, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and a string quartet with violinists Elio Bishop and Sara Caswell, violist Jeremy Kittel, and cellist Eugene Friesen.





Wednesday at 9pm


Kenny Burrell
Guitarist Kenny Burrell has been called a “cool, controlled romantic” whose textured playing is “subtle yet sensual, meditative, exultant, wry, and intimate.” He may well be one of the most lyrical guitarists on the jazz scene. In fact, he was Duke Ellington’s favorite improviser on the guitar. Burrell delights on this 1993 Piano Jazz with a solo of ‘Round Midnight. He joins McPartland for Don’t Worry ‘bout Me.


Bertha Hope
Bertha Hope’s contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her one of the elite among her peers. Wife of the pianist Elmo Hope (1923 – 1967), Bertha has kept their extraordinary teamwork alive through her highly regarded trio and personal performances. In this Piano Jazz session from 1991, Hope performs In Search of Hope and McPartland joins for a duet of I’m Beginning to See the Light.


Arturo O’Farrill
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill (1921 – 2001). A multiple Grammy winner, he has contributed to contemporary Latin jazz as leader of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra and as the founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, O’Farrill performs Dandon Don Vasquez. He and McPartland expand on the Latin theme with a duet of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Wave.


Pianist Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1979 and took her first piano lesson at age six. By age seventeen, she’d performed with both the Czech Philharmonic and with Chick Corea. She is an in-demand performer, capable of playing stride piano with blinding speed and deadly accuracy, and she’s also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2004, McPartland and Hiromi perform Lullaby of Birdland and McPartland improvises a Portrait of Hiromi.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Anne Sajdera
Pianist/Composer Anne Sajdera, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company, in Oakland, on April 22, 2012. Anne appears this Saturday in the next performance of In The Moment concert series, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, with a tribute to Wayne Shorter's Native Dancer.


Marc Cary
Electro-Acoustic keyboard wizard Marc Cary at Cafe Stritch on March 7th, 2015, as part of the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, with Rashaan Carter and Sameer Gupta. The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest starts tomorrow August 7th.


Lisa Engelken
Vocalist Lisa Engelken's new quintet recorded June 13th, 2015, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With Frank Martin, Dan Neville, Sam Bevan and Matt Swindells.


The FivePlay Jazz Quintet
The FivePlay Jazz Quintet featuring trumpeter Ron Horton, recorded April 18th, 2015, at the California Jazz Conservatory. With Laura Klein, Tony Corman, Dave Tidball, Paul Smith and Alan Hall drums.


Taylor Eigsti
Pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti's trio featuring guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato, recorded at the 25th Annual Jazz At Filoli series, on Father's Day June 21st, 2015, with drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Zach Ostroff.