Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Part 2, Arranger, Saxophonist Bill Holman with Chris Cortez


Guitarist Sheryl Bailey & Bassist Harvie S. with Alisa Clancy


Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton with Dick Conte


Saxophonist David Murray with Alisa Clancy


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Ian Carey
A mainstay on the Bay Area scene, ace trumpet player Ian Carey has distinguished himself by leading bands, releasing records, and writing funny and incisive blogs about jazz. His compositions, especially for the sextet that he leads, are incredibly rich and complex pieces that breathe life into challenging harmony and creative forms. This show will feature Ian in-studio, talking about his approach, his new album "Interview Music", and most likely, the state of affairs in the jazz world.


Frank Strozier
One of the great bebop stylists of the 1960s, alto saxophonist Frank Strozier had a unique sound that balanced warmth and bite, a driving rhythmic feel, and a singular command of harmony in his lines. He played with many of the masters of his era, including Miles Davis, Booker Little, Shelly Manne, and Oliver Nelson, but quit playing and dropped from the scene in the 1970s, leaving the jazz world wanting more.


Masahiko Togashi
Masahiko Togashi was one of the most heavily recorded Japanese jazz musicians, a percussionist with an idiosyncratic sound who was a master of the freer forms. A spinal injury prevented him from using his legs and limited his ability to travel and tour, but his talent was such that many international musicians made the trip to Japan to record and play with him, including Steve Lacy and Gary Peacock.


Anachronic Jazz Band
As much a great thought experiment as a successful band, the Anachronic Jazz Band is a formation of French jazz musicians that play classic bebop repertoire by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, but in the style of late 1920's and early 1930's traditional jazz. Although it seems like a joke on paper, their dead on stylistic accuracy and compelling instrumentalists make the music vital and appealing, and demonstrates the flimsiness of the boundaries between different styles of jazz.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Upcomers and Upstarts: Late Night at Jazz at Lincoln Center
In an effort to find out what drives JALC’s Programmer/Vocalist Michael Mwenso and his young, eager and talented cohorts, Jazz Night in America poses as a fly on the wall as they listen to records, and present their own music after hours at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.


The Conversation Continues
Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" continues a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians.


Harpin’ on Jazz
Jazz Night in America is exploring one of the least frequently used instruments in jazz — the harp! Groundbreaking harpists, Edmar Castaneda and Brandee Younger take the stage for two concerts from Jazz at Lincoln Center.


The Ray Charles Songbook
Trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton honors his former bandleader, Ray Charles, by presenting a band full of his alumni, faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets and charts that are transcribed from Ray’s original tour music.



Wednesday at 9pm


Alan Clare
British pianist Alan Clare (1921 – 1993) was McPartland’s guest at the BBC’s Delaware Road studios in London. Clare began his professional career at age eleven and went on to work with George Shearing, Stephen Grappelli, and Spike Milligan. He also fulfilled regular engagements at the London residence of the American Ambassador for parties honoring such guests as Queen Elizabeth and former President Reagan. On this Piano Jazz from 1990, Clare plays his composition John O Groats and joins McPartland for a go-around on In a Mellow Tone.


Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan (1924 – 1990) was one of the greatest vocalists of the twentieth century. With rich vibrato and an incredible range, “Sassy” recorded critically-acclaimed interpretations of standards including “Misty” and “I’ve Got a Crush On You.” On this 1986 Piano Jazz, Vaughan talks about her start as a jazz singer and explains how she uses the piano to learn her songs. She sings Tenderly and Poor Butterfly while McPartland plays, then the two join forces for My Funny Valentine.


Monty Alexander
Pianist Monty Alexander grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. His earliest musical experiences came from the folk and popular songs of his country as well as the Calypso rhythms that originated from Trinidad. Alexander moved to Miami in 1961 and worked in clubs before moving to New York City in 1962, where he played at Minton’s Playhouse. He was McPartland’s guest in 1991. Known for his rhythmic approach and melodic and harmonic inventiveness, Alexander solos on his original Look Up,/ and teams up with McPartland for an unusual duet.


Benny Golson
Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson began studying piano as a child but was soon seduced by the tenor saxophone sounds he heard on jazz records. He gained recognition as a composer when he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band, and he went on to form The Jazztet, a hard-bop group, with trumpeter Art Farmer. Golson has devoted much of his time to jazz education and he continues to record and tour regularly. On this Piano Jazz from 2006, McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid join Golson to perform Along Came Betty and I Remember Clifford.


Valerie Capers
Valerie Capers is a fabulous pianist, composer, and educator. The first blind graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, she is blessed with a diverse piano style that combines elements of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, with some Chopin thrown in. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, Capers shows off her classical chops when she solos on It Could Happen to You. Then she and McPartland swing out on Scrapple from the Apple.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Muziki Roberson
Pianist Muziki Roberson’s new group Sirius Bidniss with his 20th Annual Birthday Celebration, recorded February 6th, 2016, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With Dr. James Bailey, Marty Wehner, Aaron Germain and Leon Joyce Jr.


Ruth Price
Drummer Ruth Price's Witches Brew recorded February 27th, 2016, at Musically Minded Academy. With Errik Lewis, Maya Kronfeld, and special guests, Melanie Charles, Valerie Troutt and Christelle Durandy.


Fred Randolph
Pianist/composer Orrin Evans recorded March 20th, 2016 at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Pete Douglas's Beach House in Half Moon Bay. With Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield, Jr.


Orrin Evans
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.


Steven Lugerner
Steven Lugerner's Jacknife and The Music Of Jackie McLean, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, on April 22nd, 2016. With Larry Willis, JJ Kirkpatrick, Garret Lang, Michael Mitchell and Raffi Garabedian.