Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Trumpeter Peter Welker & Vocalist Deborah Winters with David Ramirez & Mal Sharpe


Violinist Jeremy Cohen with Alisa Clancy


Drummer Matt Wilson with Melanie Berzon


Jazz advocate/Promoter Pete Douglas with Chris Cortez


Trombonist Natalie Cressman with Alisa Clancy


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


Leftover Cuties
Los Angeles noir-pop quartet the Leftover Cuties have a sound that is both retro and refreshing. Featured as one of Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next,” their sophomore album, The Spark and the Fire, is earning the group praise and new fans. On this Song Travels host Feinstein talks with Shirli McAllen, the group’s lead vocalist and ukulele player, and the quartet plays a set of originals from their latest release.


Chris Young
Chris Young was the 2006 winner of the TV series Nashville Star and is earning a spot among today’s top country voices. In 2010, he was nominated for Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. With guitarist Kevin Collier, Young brings his rich voice to a set of original songs and old favorites, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”


Eric Benet
Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of originals along with classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.


Carsie Blanton
Vocalist and songwriter Carsie Blanton taught herself to play guitar by listening to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joan Osborne as a teen, and her musical curiosity has continued throughout her life. Her smoky vocals recall Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, and her wit as a songwriter has been compared to Cole Porter. On this Song Travels, Blanton performs her original song “Smoke Alarm,” and Feinstein joins in for “Sweet Lorraine.”


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Happy Birthday, Blue Note
This year, Blue Note Records turns 75. To celebrate, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center hosted a two-hour concert featuring some of Blue Note’s living legends and rising stars. From the early years with Alfred Lion to Bruce Lundvall’s revitalization, Blue Note Records has remained one of the most iconic labels in jazz. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll hear highlights from the stage at the Kennedy Center and discuss the label’s influence with Michael Cuscuna, Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard, and Dianne Reeves. Jason Moran is guest host.


A Night at the Museum
Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things; Himalayan art is not typically one of them. Jazz Night in America visits the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to hear interviews and live performances by each of the 5 young finalists for the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship. Hear what inspires Jazz Music's most promising young talent, from Cole Porter to Mandalas to fish.


Identities Are Changeable
Miguel Zenon, the prolific Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, visits his old stomping grounds in the Bronx and discusses his newest album, Identities Are Changeable. Jazz Night in America recorded this unique work live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.


Very Very Threadgill
Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Tubas, guitars, drums, saxophones, voice, nothing is off the table. The saxophonist, flautist and composer turned 70 this year and Harlem Stage presented a special concert celebrating and reassembling some of Threadgill’s most influential bands. Threadgill himself does not perform, he sits in the audience, as dozens of musicians from all throughout his trajectory gather inside a 200-seat theater to present this rare retrospective.



Wednesday at 9pm


Pete Jolly
A vital force on the West Coast Jazz scene, Pete Jolly (June 5, 1932 – November 6, 2004) was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas, and M*A*S*H. On this Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly demonstrates his swinging piano style with a solo on “You, the Night and the Music,” then McPartland joins in on “Barbados.” McPartland solos on “Close Enough for Love,” and the two performers create a rousing finale with a two-person version of “Oleo.”


Ruth Brown
Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress/vocalist Ruth Brown (January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was one of the pioneers of R&B. Brown also hosted a blues program on NPR called Blues Stage that helped bring wider attention to the genre. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Brown’s roots in blues, R&B, and jazz are on display as she sings to McPartland’s accompaniment on “Skylark” and “Fine and Mellow.”


Ravi Coltrane
As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing the legacy he has inherited by developing his own sound and feeling. In 2012, he released his sixth album, Spirit Fiction. In 2000, he joined McPartland to talk about his family’s musical heritage and his individual approach to music. On this Piano Jazz, Coltrane and McPartland duet on “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “If I Should Lose You.”


Harry Connick Jr.
When Harry Connick Jr. sat down with Marian McPartland in 1991, he was in his twenties and coming off the heels of his successful “Big Band Tour.” He has gone on to become a Grammy-winning recording artist with multiple best-selling albums and a successful acting career. On this Piano Jazz, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins McPartland for “Stompin at the Savoy.”


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


The Debbie Poryes New Quintet
The Debbie Poryes New Quintet, recorded May 9th, 2014, at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. With Kasey Knudsen, Erik Jekabson, Peter Barshay and Deszon Claiborne.


Destiny Muhammad
On The Corner of Wess and Ashby, A Tribute to Frank Wess and Dorothy Ashby, as performed by harpist Destiny Muhammad, on June 21st, 2014, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. With Leon Joyce, Jr., Ken Noriyuki Okada and Melvin Butts.


The Robb Fisher-Matt Clark Trio
The Robb Fisher-Matt Clark Trio with Ron Marabuto, recorded September 14th, 2014 as part of the venerable house jazz concert series, at Chez Hanny in San Francisco.


Happy Thanksgiving
Our Thanksgiving broadcast features an intimate musical conversation recorded at the Jazzschool in Berkeley (now The California Jazz Conservatory) on April 13th, 2012 and features vocalist/composer Sachal Vasandani with Adam Shulman and Dayna Stephens.