Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Filmaker KC Marsh (son of Warne Marsh) with Alisa Clancy


Guitarist/Educator Kenny Burrell with Chris Cortez


Record Producer Chris Strachwitz with kathleen Lawton


Trumpeter Chet Baker with Dick Conte


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


Joelle Lurie
Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at hip New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio. She was also a soloist at the Boston Holiday Pops, and on this week’s Song Travels, Lurie delights with a set of standards and modern songs from her album Take Me There. Host Feinstein accompanies her on Our Love is Here to Stay.


José Feliciano
Singer, virtuoso guitarist, and composer José Feliciano joins host Michael Feinstein for an enchanting hour of conversation and music on this edition of Song Travels. The eight-time Grammy winner pays tribute to Elvis Presley with selections from his 2012 album, The King, with performances including Love Me Tender and Always on My Mind.


Ginny Mancini
Ginny Mancini performed with Mel Tormé and the Mel Tones before marrying fellow musician, composer, and conductor, Henry Mancini, who passed away in 1994. He would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. This week, we remember Henry Mancini, as Ginny shares stories of their life together, her career, and Henry’s remarkable contributions to American film, television, and song.


Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from the shores of Hawaii to the world’s concert stages. In his hands the humble “little guitar” sings everything from J.S. Bach to the Beatles. This week, Shimabukuro performs Somewhere Over the Rainbow and joins host Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Happy Birthday, Blue Note
Blue Note Records turns 75 last year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz. On Jazz Night in America, hear highlights from the Kennedy Center stage, and reflections on the label's influence with Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves. Blue Note artist Jason Moran guest hosts this episode.


Billie at 100
Jazz Night in America marks the centennial of the birth of Billie Holiday with Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson showcasing her blues, country and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections from her newest recording highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday.


Home Cookin'
In Philadelphia, in the 1950s into the 1970s, dozens of organists emerged and reshaped jazz into a popular, swinging, danceable, yet artistically refined contemporary music. Usually featuring a trio consisting of an organ, drums and saxophonist or guitarist, these ensembles were portable orchestras. This episode of Jazz Night in America goes to the source, and brings a concert from Philadelphia's World Cafe Live paying tribute to three masters of the jazz organ tradition: Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland. We'll dive into what exactly made Philadelphia jazz organ culture thrive and hear interviews with local talent featured in the show.


The Simon Bolivar Big Band and El Sistema
Highlights from the Simon Bolivar Big Band performing for the first time at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The band is a student-based group, created in Venezuela in 2007 with the goal of promoting jazz throughout the nation.



Wednesday at 9pm


John Pizzarelli
Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts on the scene today. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He’s the son of jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start. On this Piano Jazz from 2001, McPartland and John team up for I Got Rhythm and his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, joins in for It’s Only a Paper Moon.


Carmen McRae
Vocalist Carmen McRae (April 8, 1920 – 1994) was an expert of rhythm, deft phrasing, and personal, bittersweet ballads. Her enigmatic, dark contralto voice relied upon the ironic interpretation of lyrics that has placed her among the pantheon of female jazz singers. On this 1985 Piano Jazz, McRae accompanies herself for As Long as I Live and joins McPartland to perform Carmen’s Blues.


Henry Mancini
Composer, arranger, and pianist Henry Mancini (1924 – 1994) penned some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 90 albums and won 20 Grammys and four Oscars. To mark what would have been his 91st birthday, we bring you this Piano Jazz from 1985. Mancini shares about his muse (the movie screen) and performs several favorites, including Days of Wine and Roses.


Stanley Cowell
Recorded before a live audience at NPR studios in Washington, DC, Marian McPartland hosted pianist Stanley Cowell for this 1999 Piano Jazz. Known for his brilliant and highly personal approach, Cowell bridges traditional and contemporary styles of jazz. He and McPartland challenge each other in inventive duets, and Cowell performs his famous composition Euqipoise.


Shirley Horn
Jazz musicians have long admired pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn (1934 – 2005). Her sensitive and relaxed playing style and unique vocals earned her comparisons to fellow jazz greats such as Count Basie and Nat King Cole. In this Piano Jazz session from 1995, Horn brings her unmistakable contralto to a set including Wouldn’t It Be Lovely and End of a Beautiful Friendship. McPartland performs her original tune Days of Our Love.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros
Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, in Santa Cruz, on September 4th, 2014 and at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland, Oregon, on September 12th, 2014. Wainapel's Brazilian quartet "Alegritude" will perform this Saturday, April 4th, at the Jazz in the Basement series in San Francisco.


The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra
The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (formerly the Bay Area Composer's Big Band), led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, recorded on February 15th, 2015, at Doc's Lab in San Francisco's North Beach.


Ray Anderson Quartet
From Jim Bennett's audio archives, the Ray Anderson Quartet, recorded August 11th, 1990, at Koncepts Cultural Gallery in Oakland, with Amina Claudine Myers, Mark Helias and Dion Parson.


Terrence Brewer and Mi Historia Quintet
Guitarist Terrence Brewer and his powerful and fiery Latin-Jazz Quintet “Mi Historia”, recorded on January 31st, 2015 at the Piedmont Piano Company. With Doug Ebert, Michelle Goerlitz, Kelly Fasman and Andy Ostwald. This Saturday April 25th, at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, Terrence presents his students in recital with 6 Strings & The Truth - A Guitar Celebration.


Marko Djordjevic & Sveti
Pianist Nick Lamb, recorded on July 19th, 2014, as part of the California Jazz Conservatory's 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series. With Jill Ryan, Logan Kane, Malachi Whitson and Nick Lamb.