Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Trumpeter Eddie Gale with Chris Cortez


Blues Vocalist Lady Bianca with Kathleen Lawton


Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson with Dick Conte (1991 Archive)


Chris Cortez


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Charles Mingus Sextet
One of Charles Mingus's greatest bands, a loose and swinging sextet with Jaki Byard, Clifford Jordan, Eric Dolphy, Dannie Richmond, and Eric Dolphy, took his music to wilder extremes than any of his other groups. Tragically, the band never made a studio album, but recordings of their live performances capture a smoldering ensemble fully realizing the potential of Mingus's compositional genius.


Freddie Redd
One of the major composers of late 50s/early60s bebop, Freddie Redd achieved renown through his work with Jackie Mclean on the groundbreaking play "the Connection". Since then, he has maintained a low but steady profile, continuing to this day to play and record with younger musicians, notably in fine collaborations with saxophonist Chris Byars.


Makaya Ntshoko
South African drummer Makaya Ntshoko has been an on-again, off-again presence on the international jazz scene since emerging in the 1960s as the perfect sideman for Abdullah Ibrahim. His inside/out approach and delicate swing shined in his work as a sideman with Dexter Gordon and Mal Waldron, and at the helm of his own bands featuring the best of South Africa's jazz community.


Kenny Wheeler
One of the major voices of jazz in Europe, Kenny Wheeler was a trumpet player and composer so warm and melodic that you might not even notice how challenging his music was. Wheeler brought intelligence and grace to the avant-garde scene in the UK for 60 years, and his collaborations with the best musicians on both side of the Atlantic still sound inviting and fresh.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Trumpeter Leroy Jones’ Septet
Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy Jones is known in the Big Easy as the "Keeper of the Flame" for keeping New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.


Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and Real Enemies
Jazz Night in America presents Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and their latest project entitled Real Enemies.


Cecile and Sullivan
Jazz Night in America spends the hour with the distinct chemistry between pianist Sullivan Fortner and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant. Get to know the charming duo on stage at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and beside a piano in a Harlem brownstone.


La La Land
Jazz Night in America goes to La La Land to get the real story of what it takes to make it as a jazz musician in the City of Stars. We'll check out pianist Josh Nelson's latest project inspired by the history of Los Angeles-from Hollywood to amusement parks to Tiki music. And we'll ask some LA musicians what the award-winning movie gets right...and wrong.



Wednesday at 9pm


Barry Harris
Barry Harris is a seminal figure in the jazz world. As the "keeper of the bebop flame," Harris is committed to preserving jazz through education and performance. His workshops play an important part in his life and in the lives of many young musicians. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, Harris demonstrates how he earned the reputation as one of the most inventive and respected pianists today when he solos on It Could Happen to You. Host McPartland and Harris show off their bebop chops on Charlie Parker's Au Privave.


Keith Ingham
British-born pianist Keith Ingham began his jazz career in London after studying Mandarin at Oxford University. In the late '70s, he moved to New York, which led him to connect with the likes of Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, and Susannah McCorkle, for whom he was pianist and musical director. He was McPartland's guest on this 1997 Piano Jazz. Ingham opens the program with A Foggy Day in London Town.em> He and McPartland close the show with a duet of Little Rock Get Away.


Trudy Pitts
Organist, arranger, composer, teacher, and singer Trudy Pitts (1932-2010) earned a reputation not only for her technical prowess, but also for her ability to convey a wide range of emotions. Her formal training was classical: she studied piano at Juilliard and Temple University, but came to jazz by way of the organ. On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Pitts' sensitive touch is apparent when she solos on A Child is Born. Then she and McPartland create a memorable Mood Indigo.


Doug Wamble
Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Doug Wamble grew up listening to the Southern gospel, country, and blues traditions of his Tennessee home. Once he developed his love for jazz, Wamble began to soak up the sounds of jazz masters like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Ornette Coleman. Along the way he discovered his off-the-cuff singing was a hit with fans and critics alike. In this 2005 Piano Jazz session, Wamble and McPartland span the jazz genre, from St. Louis Blues to Charlie Parker's Naima.


In The Moment with Jim Bennett

Thursday at 8pm


George Coleman
From Jim Bennett's archives: The legendary tenor saxophone master George Coleman, recorded November 16th, 1985, at the long defunct Kimballs in San Francisco, with Harold Mabern, Jamil Nasser and Carl Burnett.


Billy Higgins
From Jim Bennett's archives: the late and much loved drummer, leading a quartet, in December of 1985. This was a benefit for the Western Addition Cultural Center, at the Buriel Clay Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. With Henry Butler, Jeffrey Littleton and Azar Lawrence.


Robert Stewart
Bay area based saxophonist Robert Stewart, who recently retired from performing, is heard in a stellar live recording at Yoshi's in Oakland, from July 15th, 1998. With Babatunde Lea, Ron Belcher and Robert's mentor, the late Ed Kelly.


Dr. Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra
Dr. Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra and The Ojala Bata Ensemble, with Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, recorded June 18th, 2016 at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland.