Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Pianist Josh Nelson with Melanie Berzon


Alisa Clancy


Bassist Ray Brown with Dick Conte


Pianist Randy Weston with Alisa Clancy


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Louis Smith
Trumpeter Louis Smith was one of the most bebop-oriented payers in the wave of superb jazz musicians coming from Memphis in the 1950s and 60s. With two Blue Note records and a stint in Horace Silver's quintet under his belt, he seemed destined for stardom, but chose a life as an educator instead, and was an influential figure in the thriving jazz education community of Michigan.


Michael Formanek
The consummate inside-out bass player, Formanek has made his mark as a sideman with everyone from Dave Burrell to Tim Berne to Fred Hersch. He has also released albums as a leader for 25 years, and his last three releases for ECM show an expansive and rich musical mind in its prime.


Grant Stewart
Tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart has been playing and recording classic jazz in NY for twenty years. He is celebrated by multiple generations of players for his swing, huge tone, and whip-smart lines. Through years of weekly gigs, he is also is partly responsible for building the identity and scene of Smalls Jazz Club, the current hotbed of new jazz in NY.


Muhal Richard Abrams
A significant pianist and bandleader, Abrams co-founded the AACM in 1965 and has been on the forefront of free jazz ever since. He has done amazing work not only on the stage, but in presenting adventurous jazz as a legitimate art form to be celebrated, funded, and taught at all levels.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


NOLA Local
Jazz Night in America visits New Orleans to get inside two of the city’s best known legends: singer John Boutte and drummer Shannon Powell. We spend time with each of them at their homes, tracing their NOLA familial roots and exploring why they’ve chosen to stay local.


The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Jazz Night in America features interviews with Strayhorn family members, his biographer, and rare archival tape of Strayhorn himself in order to peer inside his journey from working-class Pittsburgh to New York City and the world of elegance and “twelve o’clock tales.”


Cyro Baptista
In the world of Brazilian percussion, few players have share the stage with Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo-Ma, Trey Anastasio (Phish), and Sting. Cyro Baptista transcends borders and style, and with more than three decades of wizardry and ingenuity he brings his craft to Jazz at Linocln Center.


Darcy James Argue
Jazz Night in America presents Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and their latest project entitled Real Enemies, an exploration of real world beliefs, of the present day folklore that we call conspiracy theories.”


Snarky Puppy in Big D
Jazz Night in America meets up with jazz-fusion superstars Snarky Puppy in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. Featuring highlights from a live concert and an exclusive conversation with bandleader/bassist, Michael League where he breaks down his compositional process.



Wednesday at 9pm


Sir Roland Hanna
This 2003 Piano Jazz with guest Sir Roland Hanna (1932 – 2002) was recorded before a live audience at the 2002 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. A subtle and insightful pianist, he was a superb two piano partner, as evidenced when he and McPartland get together for Blues in the Closet. He shows off his skill as a composer with his Portrait of John Lewis.


Richard Sudhalter
Richard Sudhalter (1938 – 2008) was a true “Renaissance Man” of jazz. A top jazz cornetist, he was also a respected critic, author, recording artist, and featured guest at major jazz festivals. He co-wrote Bix: Man and Legend, which was nominated for a National Book Award, and in 1983 won a Grammy for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan: Giants of Jazz.


Nellie Lutcher
Nellie Lutcher (1912 – 2007) started out playing piano at fifteen but soon transitioned to singing. She built a career as a prominent jazz vocalist in the 1940s and 1950s with hits such as Fine Brown Frame. She joined McPartland for Piano Jazz in 1986. Lutcher performs two of her most popular compositions, Hurry on Down and Real Gone Guy.


Lonnie Liston Smith
Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile keyboardists. With a career spanning four decades, Smith has worked as a soloist, bandleader, and sideman to greats including Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Max Roach, and Pharaoh Sanders. He was McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz in 2002. Smith presents his relaxed style on What is this Thing Called Love. Then he and McPartland swing into C Jam Blues.


Meredith D’Ambrosio
A sensitive and romantic vocalist and pianist, Meredith D’Ambrosio is a champion of the lesser-known songs of famous composers. She is also respected as a visual artist, composer, and teacher. In the late eighties, she met her late husband, pianist Eddie Higgins, and the pair went on to record and perform as a musical duo. On this 1994 Piano Jazz, D’Ambrosio sings and plays her own songs Beware of Spring and Give It Time.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


In The Moment's 10th Anniversary celebration, Part 2
Part 2 of In The Moment's 10th Anniversary celebration featuring Jan Gabarek, George Coleman, Eric Reed, Guisando Caliente with the late Kenny Drew Jr., Michael O'Neill with Kenny Washington and a solo performance by saxophonist Melissa Aldana recorded at this year's San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.


Thana Alexa
Vocalist, composer and arranger Thana Alexa, with the Thana Alexa Project, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland on September 13th, 2016. With Ben Flocks, Eden Ladin, Noam Wisenberg and Peter Kronreif.


Larry Vuckovich Bay Area All Stars
Part 2 of the Larry Vuckovich Bay Area All Stars with vocalist Jackie Ryan, recorded at The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, on November 15th 2015. With Noel Jewkes, Rob Roth, Josh Workman, Hector Lugo, Daniel Moreno, Jeff Chambers, James Gallagher, Carlos Reyes and Awa Sangho.


Kelly Fasman
Drummer Kelly Fasman and Friends recorded March 26th, 2016 recorded at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With bassist Matt Finders, pianist John R. Burr, saxophonist Guido Fazio and guitiarist John Whitney.