Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Saxophonist Chris Potter with Chris Cortez


Resonance with Alisa Clancy


Accordionist Andre Thierry with Greg Bridges


Pianist Peter Zak with Alisa Clancy


Riverwalk Jazz

Sunday at 6pm


Clarinet Marmalade: Hot Jazz to Smooth Ballads
Clarinet takes center stage as Ron Hockett, Ken Peplowski, Allan Vache, and Evan Christopher join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to swap stories about their careers with this most versatile of woodwinds. They’re cooking up a clarinet marmalade - hot jazz, smooth ballads, and more.


Deuce Ambience: The Jazz Guitar of Marty Grosz and Howard Alden
The guitar. Portable, popular, and sheer magic in the right hands — like those of Lonnie Johnson or Eddie Lang, Carl Kress or Django Reinhardt. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Marty Grosz and Howard Alden to talk jazz guitar and the legendary players who made magic with the instrument.


Inventive Mr. Edison: The Life and Music of Harry “Sweets” Edison
His name was Harry, but everyone called him Sweets — Harry "Sweets" Edison, the trumpet wizard who's spare, blues-rooted solos gave the Count Basie Band that unmistakable sound. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band as they reflect on the life and music of the inventive Mr. Edison.


Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Maggie Condon, who shares a wealth of stories on the subject of her famous father: Eddie Condon — guitarist, bandleader, writer, and wisecracker. Don’t miss the music and memories about this remarkable musician, truly a Renaissance man of jazz.


The Jazz Decades with Ray Smith

Sunday at 11pm


South Frisco Jazz Band, Lou Gold, Bob Crosby, Rob Rhodes


Woody Herman, Willie Smith/Don Ewell, Abe Lyman, Chuck Thomas


Charleston Chasers, The Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, Swift Jewel Cowboys, Johnny Guarnieri, Duke Ellington, Joe Turner & his Memphis Men


Valaida Snow, Hal Kemp, Art Hickman, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Spike Hughes, Noble Sissle


JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Thursday at 9pm


Aaron Diehl Wins the Cole Porter Fellowship in Indianapolis
As the American Pianists Association begins a year-long competition for the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship, here is Aaron Diehl winning the current crown and performing with Dee Dee Bridgewater.


Billy Childs at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles
The pianist's quartet with Bob Sheppard on flute and three different saxophones plays Childs's compositions and "Bolivia" by the late Cedar Walton.


Jason Moran at The Kennedy Center
The set anticipates the next CD from Moran and The Bandwagon, making modern the ebullient music of the great Harlem stride pianist and songwriter Thomas "Fats" Waller.


Chris Potter Quartet at The Village Vanguard
Halfway through The Sirens by saxophonist Potter, which is inspired by the epic Odyssey by Homer, Chris inserts "The Owl from Cranston" by the late drummer Paul Motian, who hired Potter for many weeks at The Vanguard.


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce

Tuesday at 9pm


Ethel Waters: Blues, Broadway, and Jazz
Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocals in tribute to the woman who marked her career defying cultural boundaries – black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel. Ethel Waters’ legacy lives on in this hour of show stopping numbers. Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thoms light up the Allen Room with song.


Bill Frisell: Gershwin & Beyond
Jazz Appreciation Month Special!
After decades at the forefront of jazz and new music, guitarist-composer Bill Frisell steps back to explore the roots of American songwriting. Accompanied by a trio of vocalists and multiinstrumentalists, Frisell brings the music of Gershwin, Billings, Foster, and Ives to the stage of the Allen Room.


The Music of Gillespie & Puente
The vibrant sound of Latin jazz is rooted in the musical heritage of Dizzy Gillespie and ‘Mambo King’ Tito Puente. Bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalgo and drummer Ignacio Berroa. Selections include Manteca, Ran Kan Kan, Oye Como Va and more.


A Joe Henderson Birthday Celebration
Joe Henderson’s distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his own big band sound. His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man’s lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson’s birthday.


Dianne Reeves
Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story. In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, she’s joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully.



Wednesday at 9pm


Pianist Mulgrew Miller
Pianist Mulgrew Miller began his career with the Mercer Ellington Band, and his sensitivity and stride virtuosity kept him busy throughout his career. His post-bop flair was rooted in the Delta Blues. On this Piano Jazz appearance from 2003, Miller shows his compositional prowess on Carousel, and he and McPartland trade licks on Duke Ellington’s What Am I Here For?


Pianist Marie Marcus
Marie Marcus was a remarkable stride pianist and a protégé of Fats Waller. A native of Boston, Marcus played in all the jazz hot spots before settling down in Cape Cod, where she became known as the Cape’s “First Lady of Jazz.” On this 1993 program she talks about her mentor, Fats Waller, and performs a medley of his most famous tunes.


Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
Guitarist Walter Becker and singer/pianist Donald Fagen are the duo at the core of the jazz-influenced rock band, Steely Dan. They grew up listening to Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Since the late 1960s they have been continually honing their integration of jazz and rock. The pair performs Steely Dan hits Josie and Chain Lightning as well as standards Mood Indigo and Hesitation Blues.


Reedman Paquito D’Rivera
Havana-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera began as somewhat of a child prodigy. Today his international style moves from bebop to Latin to Mozart. D’Rivera and bassist David Fink join McPartland for Birk’s Works, in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie, and perform A Night in Englewood.


Guitarist Howard Alden
Howard Alden has been hailed by critics as “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” His superb solo and accompaniment skills have led to work with legends including Red Norvo, Woody Herman, and guitarist George Van Eps (his mentor). This week Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of Single Petal of a Rose.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Sunday at 8pm


Denny Zeitlin
An encore broadcast of a solo piano performance by Denny Zeitlin, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, on December 1, 2012.


Adam Shulman's Sextet
Pianist Adam Shulman's Sextet, recorded at the Sound Room in Oakland on October 12th, 2013 featuring music inspired by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. With Joel Behrman, Harvey Wainapel, Anton Schwartz, John Wiitala and Smith Dobson.


Musical Tribute To Our Colleague, The Late Bud Spangler
Tonight, we present a musical tribute to our colleague, the late Bud Spangler, with a live performance of the Tom Peron-Bud Spangler Interplay Quartet, featuring John Shifflett and Taylor Eigsti, recorded at the Vallejo Jazz Festival, on August 28th, 2006. Bud, who passed away in January, was a Bay Area treasure, beloved drummer, producer and radio host, who will be celebrated this Saturday afternoon, April 19th, at Yoshi's in Oakland.


Myra Melford
Pianist Myra Melford, recorded at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, on December 13, 2013, in a benefit for KCSM's In The Moment.