Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Saxophonist Richard Howell with Chris Cortez


Guitarist Russell Malone with Alisa Clancy


Pianist Kenny Drew Jr. with Michael Burman


Bassist Charles Thomas with Mal Sharpe


Saxophonist Dave Liebman with Chris Cortez


JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Thursday at 9pm


Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
O'Farrill is making his big dreams for Afro-Latin jazz come true. This set from Newport presents three generations of composers, from Arturo O'Farrill's father Chico to Arturo himself to Dafnis Prieto and Gabriel Alegría from Cuba and Peru respectively, and one big exuberant ensemble to play them.


Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
There’s contrast between the intimate vocal sound of Ms. Parlato and the smokin’ hot all-star Cookers playing music by band members Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, at a long-running outdoor festival just north of New York City.


Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
From “Lady Sings to Blues” (upbeat!) to “My Favorite Things,” from Billie Holiday to “Besame Mucho,” Dee Dee sings us a set with Craig Handy on saxophones and flute; Musical Director Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie and Kenny Phelps, bass and drums.


Juan-Carlos Formell at the Monterey Jazz Festival
Guitar from Havana with shades of New Orleans .. Spanish lyrics .. a fourth-generation Cuban musician who left for New York .. Juan-Carlos Formell and his group Johnny’s Dream Club (named for a long-ago jazz spot) create a haunting, floating musical poem. Guest Harvey Wainapel on clarinet.


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce

Tuesday at 9pm


Father of the Mambo: The Music of Cachao Lopez
“Mambo,” translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist “Cachao” Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate “discarga” jam session, in honor of the late “Cachao.”


The Music of Mulgrew Miller & Kenny Garrett
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the “soulful erudition” of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the “taut, molten” music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller’s untimely passing in May, 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett’s compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner.


Joe Lovano Us 5 (Plus Two!)
One of the foremost improvisers in jazz today, Saxophonist Joe Lovano propels his double- drummer quintet, “Us Five,” into a polyrhythmic conversation – and weaves inspired solos in. Us Five features Joe Lovano (saxophone), Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), James Weldon (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Otis Brown III (drums), and Francisco Mela (drums), plus special guests Lionel Loueke (guitar) and Judi Silvano (vocals).


Sounds New: Ali Jackson with Yes! Trio and Warren Wolf Group
Drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf each absorbed jazz from their childhoods. Now they are making their own marks. Jackson, the regular drummer of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, is now leading his own trio called “Yes!” Multi-instrumentalist Wolf (who learned jazz from with his father, Warren Wolf, Sr.) has gone from in-demand sideman to leader. Percussion leads in this double bill from the House of Swing.



Wednesday at 9pm


Burt Bacharach
Composer, arranger, and conductor Burt Bacharach is a true legend of American popular music. With such landmark tunes as Alfie and The Look of Love, Bacharach has charmed audiences and earned multiple Grammys and Academy Awards. He sits down with host McPartland on this 2005 program for an hour of conversation and musical selections from his body of work, including his hit What the World Needs Now is Love.


Oscar Peterson
Pianist Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. Fast fingers and a hardwired sense of swing defined Peterson and made him a favorite musical partner for everyone from Ella to Dizzy to Herbie Hancock. Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) would have been 89 this year. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates the deft touch and amazing technique on his Love Ballad before joining McPartland on Ellington’s In a Mellow Tone.


Christian McBride
A veteran Piano Jazz sideman, Christian McBride has accompanied guests including J.J. Johnson and Cassandra Wilson. In this session from 2001, McBride takes the spotlight as a dynamic composer and stylist who leads a new generation of jazz players. He features his bass in duet with McPartland on the standard Alone Together and plays solo piano on his composition Lullaby for a Ladybug.


Makoto Ozoné
A world-class jazz composer and pianist, Makoto Ozoné began playing organ at age two and picked up piano at age twelve after falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson. On this Piano Jazz from 2002, Ozoné shows his total mastery of the keyboard as he solos on his own Lullaby for Rabbit. He and McPartland enjoy musical jokes on Sonnymoon for Two.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Tony Monaco
Organist Tony Monaco, recorded at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2013, at the Theatre On San Pedro Square, in San Jose, on March 10th, 2013. With Barry Finnerty and Akira Tana.


Akira Tana and Otonowa
Drummer Akira Tana and Otonowa, recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) in Berkeley, on June 29th, 2014. With Masaru Koga, Noriyuki Ken Okada and Ben Stolorow.


Zara McFarlane
British singer Zara McFarlane, recorded at Yoshi's in San Francisco, on June 18th, 2014. With Ben Shepherd, Gavin Templeton, Gene Coye and Lincoln Cleary.


Trio Lampejo
Trio Lampejo recorded December 7, 2013, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With Almir Côrtes, Ricardo Peixoto and Brian Rice.


Ed Reed
Vocalist Ed Reed recorded February 1st, 2014, at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, in a performance dedicated to the memory of his long time producer, our colleague, Bud Spangler. With Randy Porter and John Wiitala.