Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor with Melanie Berzon


Pianist Eric Reed with Clifford Brown, Jr.


Publicist (and daughter of Jeri Southern) Kathryn King with Alisa Clancy


Vocalist Faye Carol with Melanie Berzon


JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Thursday at 9pm


Triveni with Avishai Cohen and Guest Anat Cohen
The word Triveni is Sanskrit for three sacred rivers, flowing together. The group Triveni is Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Eric Harland, drums, with music by Cohen, Don Cherry and Charles Mingus. Sister Anat joins late on clarinet.


Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project at Newport
The young orchestra leader found a treasure trove of Gil Evans arrangements, learned them phrase by phrase, and made a CD (Grammy-nominated in 2012) for the Evans Centennial. Performances are rare. Truesdell brings a big band to play them at Newport.


Bill Frisell and Music of John Lennon
Like balloons floating above the Newport Jazz Festival, the guitarist and his group send up "Beautiful Boy," "Come Together," "In My Life," and a piece by the late drummer Paul Motian. Frisell opens on violinist Jenny Scheinman's stage, playing duets.


Charles Lloyd at Newport
For his uncompromising, serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group, they told him. Charles said he would bring Sangam (means confluence), his east-west trio with Zakir Hussain on tablas, Eric Harland on drums, and Lloyd on saxophone. Join three musical spirits, flowing together.


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce

Tuesday at 9pm


SFJazz Collective: The Music of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder’s colorful palette and unforgettable melodies have inspired artists of all genres and generations. The innovating, energizing SF Jazz Collective takes the challenge of the Wonder songbook. Miguel Zenon (alto), Mark Turner (tenor), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Stefon Harris (vibes), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass), Eric Harland (drums) tackle Mon Cherie, Superstition and Sir Duke.


George Wein: The Life of a Legend
Newport All Stars Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash join George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, to celebrate his 88th birthday with stories and songs. Between tunes, Wein talks onstage with biographer Nate Chinen.


Dizzy’s Atmospheres
An acoustic cocktail mixed by the masters: saxophonist Phil Woods, pianist Cedar Walton, and trombonist Steve Turre. Real club jazz - shaken, stirred, and captured live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.


Music Of The Modern Jazz Quartet
From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. Our quartet – drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson – honors the late modern masters.


Monty Alexander: Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra’s old haunt called “Jilly’s.” Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on “Sweet Lorraine,” “Come Fly with Me,” and more – with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris.



Wednesday at 9pm


Les Paul
Guitarist and pioneering inventor Les Paul was known for his innovations in recording technique and for his phenomenal guitar sound. His jazz roots can be traced to the early 1930s when he performed Eddie Lang- and Django Reinhardt-styled jazz on his own radio show in Chicago. On this Piano Jazz from 1999, Paul discusses his illustrious career and performs “How High the Moon,” accompanied by bassist Paul Nowinski, guitarist Lou Pallo, and host McPartland.


Joe Locke
Vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke has recorded with artists such as Eddie Henderson and Grover Washington, Jr. and he continues to tour worldwide. Known for the emotional range of his solo work, he has established himself as a composer and bandleader and is active as an educator and clinician. In this 1996 session, Locke performs his original composition “Seven Beauties.”


Carmen Lundy
Critics hail Carmen Lundy as one of the world’s greatest jazz vocalists. Her beautiful contralto voice perfectly conveys the soul and depth of her compositions. In 1999, she joined McPartland to perform Mary Lou’s Mass by Mary Lou Williams at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. She teams with McPartland again on this Piano Jazz from 2000 along with her brother, bassist Curtis Lundy. Together they give listeners “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and Lundy’s own piece “Quiet Times.”


Jessica Williams
Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard.” On this Piano Jazz from 1992, Williams solos on “Why Do I Love You” and gets together with host McPartland for Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser.”


Alicia Keys
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Alicia Keys has rocked the pop and R&B worlds with her velvet voice. A New York native, Keys brings the influence of jazz greats like Fats Waller to her piano playing, while her songwriting style is inspired by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway. In this 2004 session, Keys plays one of her signature tunes “Fallin’” and joins McParland on “Good Morning Heartache.”


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Big Money in Gumbo
A special flag waver of a show (including fireworks!) with Big Money in Gumbo, recorded 7/4th 2010 at a birthday celebration for Louis Armstrong, at Yoshi's in Oakland. With your intrepid master of ceremonies, Mal Sharpe, aided and abetted by Bob Scott, Lady Mem'fis, Richard Mayers, Jim Gammon, Dwayne Ramsey, Charlie Hickox and Denny Geyer.


Adam Shulman Sextet
Pianist Adam Shulman's Sextet recorded at the Sound Room in Oakland on October 12th, 2013 featuring mostly original music inspired by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. With Chuck MacKinnon, Harvey Wainapel, Anton Schwartz, John Wiitala and Smith Dobson.


The Dani and Debora Gurgel Quarteto
Recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland, on September 16th, 2013. This is a wonderful Brazilian ensemble, with bold arrangements and amazing jazz harmonies, with the two sisters collaborating in an impressive manner that deserves you full attention. With Dani Gurgel, vocals; Debora Gurgel, piano; Thiago Rabello, drums; Sidiel Vieira; acoustic bass; Sandy Cressman, guest vocalist.


The Honey Ear Trio
The Honey Ear Trio, featuring Erik Lawrence, Rene Hart and Allison Miller, recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory, in Berkeley, on April 12th, 2012.


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.