Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Saxophonist Andrew Speight with Michael Burman


Saxophonist Kris Strom & Jennifer Scott with Alisa Clancy


Bassist Richard Bona with Chris Cortez


Pianist Billy Taylor with Dick Conte


Jacquie Naylor & Art Khu with Alisa Clancy


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Monday at 9pm


Nellie McKay
Vocalist, composer, and actress Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age! Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, and Boardwalk Empire. On this Song Travels, McKay and host Feinstein team up for “Pennies from Heaven” and “The Nearness of You,” and she performs her original “Beneath the Underdog.”


Marilyn & Alan Bergman
Marilyn and Alan Bergman are a legendary power couple in American popular music. They penned the themes for the TV programs Alice, Good Times, and In the Heat of the Night; and they earned multiple Emmys, Grammys, and Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for “The Way We Were,” written with Marvin Hamlisch. The hits keep coming as this week Feinstein performs “There’s You,” a song he co-wrote with the Bergmans.


American vocalist and songwriter Somi combines the music of her African heritage with American-style jazz, pop, and soul. Her parents emigrated from Rwanda and Uganda, and Somi spent eighteen months living in Lagos, Nigeria. The result was the inspiration for her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon. On this Song Travels Somi and Michael Feinstein discuss the cultural roots of her music. She performs her original “Last Song” and joins Feinstein for “Embraceable You.”


Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk
Feinstein welcomes the dynamic classical duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for years and are equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections by Ravél, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, connecting the dots between French Impressionism and Gershwin.


Lily Frost
Canadian vocalist and songwriter Lily Frost launched her career with her band The Colorifics, which packed cubs up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada for years. She’s since made the jump to solo artist and songwriter. Her musical mentor, the late Ray Condo, inspired her album “Lily Swings,” and her style has been compared to Regina Spektor and Feist. On this Song Travels, she performs her original song “Forest Fire” along with a few old favorites.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation
It’s all piano all the time from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Chick Corea.


Hip Hop + Jazz = Revive Big Band
What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer is offered by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the founder and musical director of the Revive Big Band. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire and orchestrations of contemporary classics, Thomas aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.


Ellis Marsalis’ 80th Birthday Party
Ellis Marsalis celebrates his 80 birthday at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He's joined by Derek Douget on saxophone, Jason Stewart, bass and Herlin Riley on the drums.


The SFJAZZ Collective has an innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). In 2014, that master was Joe Henderson. We’ll hear some of his classics as well as new work from artists like David Sánchez and Robin Eubanks.


Anat Cohen: Roots of Rio from Jazz at Lincoln Center
Choro, which means “to cry” in Portuguese, is a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.” Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro music as part of an international community of jazz players during her days studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her group will play waltzes, mazurkas and African-Brazilian rhythms such as the Lundu, all of which help characterize the essence of Choro.



Wednesday at 9pm


Arturo Sandoval
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba’s best-known musical exports. On this Piano Jazz from 2002, Sandoval showcases his talent as a pianist and composer. His inspiration for turning to the piano came from his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, who prompted him to take it up. He joins McPartland for a duet of his composition “Blues in F,” and Sandoval solos on “Surena” and “Romantio.”


Mercer Ellington
Copyist, arranger, and musician Mercer Ellington (1919 –1996) worked for his father, Duke Ellington, as a horn player in Duke’s band before becoming manager of the group. He took on additional duties, such as composing for the group, resulting in his original tune, “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.” On this 1994 Piano Jazz, he reprises some of his father’s gems, such as “In My Solitude.”


Remembering Marian
Remembering Marian: A Celebration of the Music and Life of Marian McPartland was held on March 20, 2014. On what would have been her ninety-sixth birthday, the Piano Jazz family gathered at 92Y in New York to say goodbye. Hosted by Jon Weber, friends and family celebrated McPartland’s remarkable life in music. Guests featured on the broadcast of this memorial concert include Tony Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap, Michael Feinstein, Chris Brubeck, Jon Faddis, and many more.


Dardanelle Hadley
Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley (1917 – 1997) was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist/pianist Marcius Mosely “Buck” Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizaarelli and Grady Tate. In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops on “All the Things You Are” and and duets with McPartland on “It’s Delovely.”


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


Tammy Hall
Pianist Tammy Hall, in a rare solo performance on February 8th, 2015, as part of the Barbara Higbie Piano Series, at Kassman Fine Pianos, in Berkeley.


Kavita Shahcelebrated
New York-based and globally minded vocalist & composer Kavita Shahcelebrated at the California Jazz Conservatory, on July 6th, 2014. With Pat Carroll, Steve Newcomb, Noah Garabedian, Guilhem Flouzat, and special guest Rohan Krishnamurthy.


Myra Melford
Pianist Myra Melford, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, on December 13, 2013, performing solo for the first time in the Bay Area, in celebration of her first ever solo CD, Life Carries Me This Way and as a benefit for KCSM's In The Moment.


Sara Gazarek
Vocalist Sara Gazarek, recorded August 14th, 2012, at Yoshi's in San Francisco. With Josh Nelson, Dave Robaire and Zach Harmon.


Nick Lamb
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.