Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with Chris Cortez


Drummer Barbara Borden with Alisa Clancy


Vocal Stylist Betty Carter with Dick Conte


Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson with Chris Cortez


Vocalist Kate McGarry with Michael Burman


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Ernie Henry
One of the few bebop alto saxophonists who didn't sound like Charlie Parker, Henry was a favorite of Thelonious Monk and Kenny Dorham, both of whom he made classic records with. His biting attack and earthy rhythms had grit and soul, and his individual phrasing made well-worn standards sound like original songs.


Wardell Gray
Through a series of epic tenor saxophone battles with Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray rose to prominence in Los Angeles in the mid-40's (and served as the inspiration for a classic scene in Jack Kerouac's On The Road!). He did time in the bands of Count Basie and Benny Goodman, and combined an even tone and attack with crystal clear ideas and a relentless swing feel.


Fats Navarro
Probably the best remembered of the Tadd Dameron horns, Navarro stood alongside Dizzy Gillespie as the one of the two most influential bebop trumpet players in the early days of the music. His technique and tone dazzled, but his greatest genius lay in the intelligence and harmony laid out in his eighth note lines.


Allen Eager
Tenor saxophonist Allen Eager came straight out of the tradition of Lester Young, but bent his soft tone and relaxed swing around the new feels and ideas of modern jazz, and in doing so was on the vanguard of a sound that would eventually bloom into the West Coast/cool tradition of tenor playing.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Randy Weston in Panama
Randy Weston turns 90 this year and Jazz Night in America presents his quintet at the 2016 Panama Jazz Festival, where the pianist was the guest of honor. Bandmate T.K. Blue weighs in on Weston's humility and host Christian McBride travels to his home to speak about the set in Panama, meeting Thelonious Monk, and growing up in Brooklyn.


Sabertooth Saturday Night
Every year for about 23 years, one group has held a midnight to 5 a.m. time slot on Saturday nights. It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard (and a little off-kilter) among the hardcore fans, the rowdy drunks, the musicians coming off their own gigs. And it happens in the jazz haven of Chicago, in a club called the Green Mill which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Jazz Night in America follows Pat and Cameron to the gig, then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.


Wayne Shorter at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wayne Shorter revisits some of his most career-defining work in this rare opportunity to hear a true jazz master exploring his back catalog. Joined by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Shorter touches on a lifetime of brilliance and trail-blazing in this special episode of Jazz Night In America.


George Wein (Newport Jazz Festival 2015) George Wein Turns 90!
Jazz Night in America visits with George Wein — jazz impresario, jazz musician, and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. We help him celebrate his 90th birthday with selections from the 2015 festival.



Wednesday at 9pm


Aaron Parks
A true prodigy, pianist Aaron Parks was still in his teens when he was McPartland’s guest in this 2001 session. That year he placed first in the fifth American Jazz Piano Competition, landing the Cole Porter Fellowship. He went on to place third in the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has built a prolific career as a performer and recording artist. On this Piano Jazz, Parks performs Cole Porter’s Miss Otis Regrets.


Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Carla Bley are both acclaimed jazz composers and performers with international reputations. On this 1996 Piano Jazz, they team up to talk with McPartland about their combined repertoire of innovative music. Bley and Swallow kick off the program with a duet of Bley’s composition Major, McPartland joins Bley for a unique duet of Chopsticks, and they close the show as a trio with Bley’s Ad Infinitum.


Jacky Terrasson
Pianist Jacky Terrasson was born in Berlin and raised in Paris. After moving to the US, he studied at Berklee College and went on to win the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He has toured internationally and collaborated with greats such as Ray Brown, Cassandra Wilson, and Ry Cooder. Terrasson demonstrates his extraordinary talents in this 1995 Piano Jazz session, playing Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Oleo.


Eric Reed
Pianist and composer Eric Reed began playing piano as a small child. He was only 18 when he played his first string of gigs with Wynton Marsalis, work that catapulted him to the forefront of jazz musicians. He has played with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, and Joshua Redman, among others, and has established himself as a notable leader, producer, and educator. On this 1995 Piano Jazz, the then 24-year-old Reed’s distinctive style is evident on a solo of Cedar’s Blues.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


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.


Marty Morell's Trio
Drummer Marty Morell's Trio with pianist Per Danielsson and bassist Richard Drexler, recorded March 27th, 2011 at the Mainstage Theatre in the Hillborough Community College Performing Arts Building in Tampa, Florida.


Beauty and The Beat, Reimagined
Beauty and The Beat, Reimagined, with Suzanna Smith's Peggy Lee Project, recorded at Musically Minded Academy, in Oakland, with pianist Lee Bloom, bassist Sam Bevan, and drummer Jon Arkin.


Los Guachos
Argentine pianist and composer Guillermo Klein and his ensemble, Los Guachos, recorded June 1st, 2007 at the 8th annual SF Jazz Festival Spring Season. With Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Miguel Zenon, Taylor Haskins, Diego Urcola, Richard Nant, Sandro Tomassi, Ben Monder, Fernando Huergo and Jeff Ballard.


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.