Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Pianist/Vocalist Freddie Cole with Alisa Clancy


Trombonist Wayne Wallace with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Vocalist Abbey Lincoln with Dick Conte from the Archive


Guitarist BB King with Greg Bridges


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Calvin Keys
A Bay Area treasure, Calvin Keys is a world class jazz guitarist who has been taking swing to new levels for over four decades. We'll listen to his wonderful albums as a leader as well as his work as a sideman with masters like Ahmad Jamal.


Geri Allen
Allen is a noted pianist and composer from Detroit. Her rich harmonic language and unique touch on the piano have allowed her to create music that strides across different genres of jazz while still being cohesive and accessible.


Sunny Murray
Sunny Murray did (and continues to do) for the drums what Paul Bley did for the piano and Ornette Coleman did for horns- he liberated the instrument from its pre-determined role in jazz, and played with a unique kind of virtuosity that opened up new realms of sound. His collaborations with Albert Ayler and the albums he led in the 1960's are cornerstones of free jazz, and he continues to make music that embodies his humor, creativity, and pugnacity.


John Carter
An unsung hero of jazz clarinet and one of the most important figures of creative music in Los Angeles, Carter took the innovations of free music and used them to expand the possibilities of his instrument. His 1970s albums with Bobby Bradford are classics, and his playing sounds as fresh now as it did then.


Jackie McLean
While most jazz fans know Jackie McLean for his immense influence as an alto saxophonist, his abilities as a composer are often overlooked. Through his numerous recordings for Blue Note records, McLean presented a great body of songs that anchored powerful melodies to an effortless blend of modal playing, free jazz, bebop, and the blues.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


DC Jazz Loft Trios
Highlights from Capital Bop's 2015 DC Jazz Fest program featuring three path-breaking jazz trios led by Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, and Gary Thomas.


Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited
Our host Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited, inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Kimmel Center in downtown Philly.


Pianist Eric Lewis has a led a music career in and out of the traditional jazz cannon. Often performed under his stage name ELEW, Lewis has been performing solo piano "Rockjazz" for the past 6 years. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, Lewis "returns" to jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola with a burning trio featuring Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.


Up And Down The Mississippi With Bill Frisell
The versatile guitarist leads a set spanning New Orleans to the Delta, Bob Dylan to Bix Beiderbecke. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, he’s joined by saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Rudy Royston, embarking on a musical journey along the revered Route 61. The story of the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta and traveled up the river to Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, and the music the Mississippi inspired in the rest of the country is the story of at least the last century of American music.



Wednesday at 9pm


Eden Atwood
One of the rare jazz discoveries of her generation, Eden Atwood has a voice that has been described as beautiful and refreshing. The daughter of arranger-composer Hub Atwood, she studied piano as a child and went on to have a performing career in New York and beyond. She has released several studio albums and tours regularly. On this Piano Jazz from 1996, Atwood and McPartland duet on Old Devil Moon.


Jon Batiste
Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste hails from the cradle of jazz, Louisiana. Now the leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band Stay Human, he has collaborated with Harry Connick Jr., Allen Toussaint, Cassandra Wilson, and the Marsalis family. On this 2011 Piano Jazz, guest hosted by Jon Weber, Batiste sings What a Wonderful World and joins Weber for a duet of Take Me Out to the Ball Game.


Phil Woods
Saxophonist Phil Woods (1931 – 2015) was a true master of bebop. Whether weaving jazz improvisations with other members of his group or playing feisty crackling licks on cool solos, Woods’ playing was always compelling. He built up his amazing technique with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, and with his quartet. We remember Phil Woods with this Piano Jazz from 2003. In this session, his imaginative and sultry sound blends with his trio and McPartland on How About You and Fine and Dandy.


Sumi Tonooka
Pianist Sumi Tonooka is an incisive musician of great originality and imagination. She has toured with Art Blakely and teamed with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In 2015, she was selected for the Music Alive: New Partnerships Residencies through New Music USA. On her visit to Piano Jazz in 1992, Tonooka swings with an easy grace while playing a great rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Tonooka and McPartland join up to show what jazz is all about on Solar.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Muziki Roberson
Pianist/Composer Muziki Roberson, recorded at Cafe Stritch in San Jose, on January 11, 2014, with Peppe Merolla, Heshima Mark Williams and Dave Ellis. Muziki will kick off the In The Moment "Black History Month is Every Month Festival," this Saturday February 6th, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, with his band Sirius Bidness.


Freddy Cole
"Vocal Magic," featuring vocalist/pianist Freddy Cole with special guest, saxophonist Houston Person, recorded at the 8th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival on April 7th, 2007, at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, with Jerry Byrd, Elias Bailey and Curtis Boyd.


Malachi Whitson's Afro Blue Experience
Drummer Malachi Whitson's Afro Blue Experience, with " A Long Swing To Freedom," recorded July 17th, 2015, as part of the California Jazz Conservatory's Rising Stars Summer Series. With Israel Sims, Logan Kane, Alex Reyes, Colin Hogan, Elizabeth Whitson, poet Jasmine LaTour, and tap dancer Joshua.


John Clark's Quartet
In The Moment celebrates vocalist/pianist Frank Jackson’s 90th Birthday with John Clark's Quartet, featuring Rob Gibson and Noel Jewkes, recorded September 15th, 2013 at Bird and Beckett Bookstore in San Francisco.