Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Flutist Hubert Laws with Chris Cortez


Vocalist Terrie Odabi with Kathleen Lawton


Saxophonist Art Pepper with Dick Conte from the Archive


Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improvisers Art author, Andy Hamilton with Alisa Clancy


Trombonist Wayne Henderson with Greg Bridges


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Joshua Abrams
Bassist Joshua Abrams is a cornerstone of the Chicago jazz scene, but over the last five years he has gained national exposure for with his "Natural Information Society", a group that fuses jazz improvisation with non-traditional instruments and trance-like droning rhythms.


Herb Geller
Geller was a sparkling virtuoso of the alto saxophone who had a brief popularity in the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 50's, followed by half a century of making great music in Europe, almost completely ignored by the US press.


Masabumi Kickuchi
Kikuchi was one of the most significant jazz artists to emerge from Japan. He had important recordings with Joe Henderson and Paul Motian as the bookends of his career, and in the middle produced many trio and solo piano recordings that show a truly unique aesthetic, stark and powerful.


Erik Jekabson
Trumpeter Erik Jekabson is one of the reasons the Bay Area is a great place to see jazz. He leads groups covering everything from bebop to New Orleans, and in the last few years has established himself as a master composer through commissions from the San Francisco Symphony and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a collective big band that he founded. This show will contain a live interview.


Kenneth Terroade
Largely forgotten tenor saxophonist Kenneth Terroade put forth a powerful series of appearances as a sideman in Paris in the late 60's, recording with Sunny Murray and others, and then disappeared. Although he is rumored to currently only play religious music as a missionary in Jamaica, his expressive and free style sounds fresh almost 50 years after his heyday.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Kamasi Washington in LA
Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band, they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.


Marquis Hill Blacktet in Chicago
Trumpeter Marquis Hill has shot to international renown recently, especially after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition. Jazz Night in America caught up with Hill when he returned to his native Chicago for a string of shows, touring his old South Side haunts, interviewing his former teachers, and catching a rehearsal. Then we got to see it all come together at the Jazz Showcase downtown in a performance by Hill's tight working band, the Blacktet.


Upcomers and Upstarts: Jazz at Lincoln Center
There's a scene and community that's developed around after hours at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the club environment that's part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It's driven by the programming of JALC's Michael Mwenso, listening sessions and hangs late into the night, and the mutual experience of being young and eager (and talented). Jazz Night in America wanted to know what drives these guys, posing as a fly on the wall as they listen to records, and catching some of them as they get a rare opportunity to present their own music at Dizzy’s.


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, and then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.



Wednesday at 9pm


Jaki Byard
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Jaki Byard (1922 – 1999) played jazz piano as well as alto and tenor saxophone. A partner of Maynard Ferguson and member of bands led by Charles Mingus, Byard went on to become an educator, teaching at the New England Conservatory and other institutions. On this Piano Jazz from 1995, Byard solos on his own European Episode and joins McPartland for Rose Room and In a Mellow Tone.


Hot Club of Detroit
Seventy years after Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France fused Gypsy guitar with the jazz of the day, a new incarnation emerged in the Motor City. The Hot Club of Detroit is Evan Perri on lead guitar, Julien Labro on accordion, Carl Cafagna on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Brady on rhythm guitar, and Andrew Kratzat on bass. The music the Hot Club of Detroit plays for this 2009 Piano Jazz session ranges from traditional Gypsy jazz on Coquette to the bal musette waltz Passions.


Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber is a pianist and singer solidly grounded in the jazz idiom while eclectic in her style. She recorded a series of albums, each establishing a wider audience for her music. In 2002 she released her album Verse to much critical acclaim. That year, she was also McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz. In this session, Barber performs her original song If I Were Blue, and McPartland joins her for Autumn Leaves.


Hilton Ruiz
Hilton Ruiz (1952 – 2006) was a jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban and bebop styles. Born to Puerto Rican parents in New York, he became known as a child prodigy and as a teenager gigged professionally, working primarily with Latin music groups. Ruiz went on to work with major jazz artists like Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and Joe Newman. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Ruiz solos on his own composition Home Coming and duets with McPartland on I’ll Remember April.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


The 17 piece Morchestra, led by arranger, composer and guitarist Tony Corman, recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory, in Berkeley, on April 24th, 2015, featuring vocalist Ed Reed, who premiers a set of new charts, written to showcase his romantic stylings.


A Tribute to Clifford Brown & Max Roach
"Studies Around A Study In Brown," A Tribute to Clifford Brown & Max Roach with trumpeter Darren Johnston's Quartet, recorded at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland as part of the In The Moment Concert Series, produced by Jim Bennett. With Hamir Atwal, John Wiitala and KCSM’s own Patrick Wolff.


Pre-Empted: Cafe Stritch Live Broadcast


Our Thanksgiving edition of In The Moment
Our Thanksgiving edition of In The Moment features the annual Dick Conte Birthday Celebration at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, on June 13th, 2015. This is the yearly benefit concert in support of the Dick Conte Jazz Piano scholarship fund. Featuring Steve Heckman, Steve Webber and Bill Moody.