Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Organist Rhoda Scott with Melanie Berzon


Vocalist Andrea Claburn with Alisa Clancy


Saxophonist Sonny Rollins with Dick Conte


Pianinst Macy Blackman with Kathleen Lawton


Vocalist Faye Carol & Pianist Joe Warner with Melanie Berzon


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Misha Mengelberg Memorial Show
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Misha Mengelberg was one of the most influential European jazz musicians of the modern era. An iconoclast in the tradition of Thelonious Monk and Paul Bley, his unique approach to swing and form shaped the "New Dutch Swing" of the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra.


Clifford Jordan's "In The World"
Best known for his work as a sideman with Horace Silver and Max Roach, master tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan recorded some of the most original post-bop of the 1960s and 70s. His classic album "In The World" is a key example, a sprawling self-produced project that caught a cast of legendary players at the crossroads between eras.


Grachan Moncur III
A trombonist steeped in hard bop, Grachan Moncur III made bold strides into the avant-garde through the 1960s with everyone from Archie Shepp to Jackie McClean. His Blue Note records and many of his appearances as a sideman are considered classics.


Louis Moholo-Moholo
A powerful and creative drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo is one of the great voices of South African jazz. In the 60s and 70s, he served as a bridge between the exile community in England and the local players, and has recorded with virtually everyone in the European free jazz scene.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Ingrid Jensen's Kenny Wheeler Tribute
Trumpeter/composer, Kenny Wheeler, was famously shy and understated. But his orchestrations were anything but. In 2015, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Tressler paid tribute to his life and legacy with a show at Seattle's Royal Room.


The Wisdom of Randy Weston
Jazz Night in America presents 90-year-old Randy Weston's quintet at the 2016 Panama Jazz Festival, where the pianist was the guest of honor.


The Conversation Continues
Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult, continuing a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians.


NEA Jazz Masters
Jazz Night in America salute this year's NEA recipients: writer Ira Gitler, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and Pianist Dick Hyman, featuring interviews with the artists and unearthed rare live recordings.



Wednesday at 9pm


Dorothy Donegan
This week Piano Jazz remembers NEA Jazz Master Dorothy Donegan (1922-1998) with an early session from 1983. Donegan's technical command of the piano was nothing short of breathtaking, and she was known for her onstage antics and flamboyance. In the house with McPartland, she attacks the piano-hammering away with her elbows and knuckles on Darn That Dream and Stormy Weather. McPartland and Donegan play two pianos on Lullaby of Birdland, and Rosetta.


Nnenna Freelon
Internationally hailed as the greatest vocalist to come along in decades, Nnenna Freelon exudes both class and sophistication. Her soulful style consists of fresh interpretations of classic standards. A six-time Grammy Award nominee, in 2014 she starred in the critically acclaimed show Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles in Las Vegas. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, Freelon surprises McPartland with a lyric to her original tune Threnody.


David Amram
Well-known for his compositions, film scores, and appearances as a guest conductor, David Amram started his professional life in music as a French hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra in the early 1950s. He went on to play horn in the legendary jazz bands of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lionel Hampton. He is a prolific composer whose music is based on Latin American, Middle Eastern Ancient Jewish, and Modern idioms. In this 1991 session, Amram performs on piano, horn, and a variety of flutes and whistles.


Regina Carter
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is one of today's most original and daring musicians. Classically trained, Carter grew up in Detroit, where she absorbed all the music that Motown had to offer. While in high school Carter became inspired when she discovered jazz violinists such as Noel Pointer, Ray Nance, and Eddie South. On this 2003 Piano Jazz, Carter brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins McPartland for Chattanooga Choo Choo and The Music Goes Round and Round.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 9pm


Bobby Hutcherson
"Looks like he's levitating when he's playing" Host Nancy Wilson details the "whole body experience" and the incredible palette of colors that vibes master Bobby Hutcherson brings to his art.


Anita O'Day
Saxophonist James Moody was a virtuoso musician, known for his work on multiple saxophones and flute. He was also a man who radiated love: When you met him, he'd hold you tight and kiss you on both cheeks, as if you were old friends. In a career that extended more than 60 years, James Moody developed a personal sound that reflects that warm personality: romantic, witty and earthy.


George Shearing
Blind from birth, George Shearing was considered Britain's most popular jazz pianist. In 1947 he settled in New York where he was strongly influenced by the bebop style. He led various quintets in the late '40s and '50s, achieving commercial success on a scale rarely known in the jazz world. Despite an often pop-oriented sound, Shearing is first and foremost a swinging improviser.


Louis Jordan
One of the most popular and successful bandleaders of his day, the Singer/Songwriter/Saxophonist/Bandleader broke from the mainstream jazz of the Swing Era, producing hard-driving chart toppers and becoming a founding father of rhythm & blues.