Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights


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Sunday at 8am


Basie Orchestra Vocalist Jamie Davis with Lee Thomas


Trombonist Doug Beavers with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Pianist Hiromi with Chris Cortez


Bassist Charles Thomas with Mal Sharpe


JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Thursday at 9pm


Miles Davis / Gil Evans: Still Ahead at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival
Davis and Evans, trumpet and orchestrator, collaborated unforgettably on the albums Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. For this occasion, Miles Evans (the son of Gil) provides the original charts for both. Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, with the Still Ahead Orchestra from Los Angeles, Vince Mendoza conducting.


Benny Green Plays Monk
From the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, it’s the music of Thelonious Monk, the 20th century pianist who left a trove of compositions and recordings. Onstage is a current jazz treasure, Benny Green, getting ready to play some of Monk’s best. Peter Washington is on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Special guest Gary Smulyan on bari sax will join the festivities a little later.


Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Septet
The 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Septet are at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Palmieri has been a force for Latin Jazz since the 1950’s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York’s Palladium Ballroom. His groups, including the renowned La Perfecta, revolutionized Latin music in the 1960s and 70’s. His records number more than 30 albums as a leader, and he has won nine Grammy Awards. At age 76, he is still a foremost ambassador for the music he loves.


Monterey at 55
In September 2012, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated 55 years. The late Dave Brubeck was among the founders. Dizzy Gillespie made many an appearance. Charles Mingus and Charles Lloyd recorded landmark albums at Monterey. Jon Hendricks staged a history of jazz there. Monterey has commissioned music by many contemporaries – Cedar Walton, Roy Hargrove, Billy Childs. Much of the music has been recorded and lives at Stanford University in the Monterey archive. On this edition of JazzSet, MJF on Tour is at the Kennedy Center and we have highlights. All the music has been part of the repertoire over 55 Monterey Jazz Festivals.


Steve Wilson Re-Imagining Bird with Strings
Steve Wilson puts a new take on the Charlie Parker classic recording Bird with Strings. To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Director of Jazz Kevin Struthers called on go-to alto-sax man Steve Wilson, and Steve delivered an all-star jazz quartet plus three violins, a violist and a cellist. The stage is full with expectations, as jazz meets classical musicians and vice versa. They are here to play music from Charlie Parker’s legendary Bird with Strings sessions – recordings that the bebop master released in 1950. Steve Wilson is re-imagining Bird with Strings for a whole new audience on JazzSet.


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce

Tuesday at 9pm


Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis
“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.”


Ladies Sing the Blues
The rowdy, romantic jazz of the foremothers – Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Ethel Waters – raises the roof on the House of Swing. Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade continue a legacy of strong female voices through songs that helped shape a century of American music. Musical director Mark Shane leads a powerhouse band.


Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
Funk’s living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He’s played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince – and on his own, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Parker’s compositions burst with energy as he leads “the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra on Earth” through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on my Mind, and Make It Funky.


New Orleans Piano Kings
Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.


Great American Songwriters: Vernon Duke
Get whisked away to Autumn in New York, April in Paris, or even A Cabin in the Sky. Pianist Bill Charlap, with Houston Person (saxophone), Ethel Ennis (vocals), Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums), performs the book of composer Vernon Duke. The perfect fall getaway.



Wednesday at 9pm


Helen Merrill
Helen Merrill’s voice is an instrument that sometimes carries the melody and sometimes complements the improvisational skills of her co-musicians. In this session from 1995, McPartland performs a Portrait of Helen Merrill. Merrill joins McPartland to perform songs popularized by Billie Holiday, including Bob Haggart’s What’s New and Holiday’s Don’t Explain.


Chris Potter
Saxophonist Chris Potter is an expressive, inventive, and quick-thinking improviser. In this 2001 session, he talks with McPartland about his experience working in trumpeter Red Rodney’s band and performs I Should Care, with bassist Scott Colley. With his original tune Hieroglyph,,/ Potter displays his skill as a composer. McPartland joins for a trio on Take the Coltrane, during which the ever versatile Potter switches from saxophone to piano.


Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes
Husband and wife pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes join McPartland in this 2008 session, pushing the bounds of the Piano Jazz format to include three pianos in one room. Charlap is one of the finest interpreters of American popular song and Rosnes is a modern jazz wizard. They join McPartland for a trio of You and the Night and the Music as well as I’ll Remember April.


Freddy Cole
Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole’s younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents. He brings this special ability to Sometimes I’m Happy.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Arabelle Schoenberg/ Kanoa Mendenhall/ Tim Angulo
Pianist/Vocalist Arabelle Schoenberg, Bassist/Cellist/Vocalist Kanoa Mendenhall and Drummer/Vocalist Tim Angulo, recorded at The California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) as part of their Rising Stars Summer Concert Series on August 3, 2014.


Bob Dorough
The legendary vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Bob Dorough, recorded on July 27th, 2014 at the 24th Annual Jazz At Filoli series. He was joined by his favorite sidekick from New York City, guitarist Steve Berger, and two of San Francisco’s greatest, bassist Dean Reilly and drummer Vince Lateano, and special guest vocalist Madeline Eastman.


Kavita Shah
New York-based and globally minded vocalist & composer Kavita Shah celebrated the release of her debut album Visions, with a west coast tour, and a performance at the California Jazz Conservatory, on July 6th, 2014. With Pat Carroll, Steve Newcomb, Noah Garabedian, Guilhem Flouzat, and special guest Rohan Krishnamurthy.


Pianist Cava Menzies and Trumpeter Nick Phillips
Pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips, recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland, on February 17, 2014. With Paul Eastburn and Jaz Sawyer. (The group performs again at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, on Saturday, October 4th.)