Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Trombonist Natalie Cressman with Alisa Clancy


Organist Rhoda Scott with Melanie Berzon


Vocalist Susannah McCorkle with Dick Conte


Pianist Amina Figarova with Chris Cortez


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Lisa Mezzacappa
It's hard to imagine the forward-looking jazz scene of the Bay Area without the tireless efforts of composer, bandleader, and bass player Lisa Mezzacappa. Her open approach and powerful sound serve as the backbone for an incredible range of musical projects, and her vision and enthusiasm as a curator and organizer help keep the creative pulse strong in a rapidly changing city.


Lorraine Geller
From her start with the Sweethearts Of Rhythm through the superb albums she co-led with her husband, saxophonist Herb Geller, pianist Lorraine Geller was a rising star of bebop in the 1950s. A tragically early death cut short what would have been a huge contribution to jazz, but the sparkle and invention of her playing has stood the test of time.


Connie Crothers
A Bay Area native, pianist Connie Crothers made her mark on the NY scene while studying extensively with pianist and theorist Lennie Tristano. After Tristano's death, she remained one of the great missionaries of his vision, bending the rules of harmony and phrase until her death in August of 2016.


Nicole Mitchell
Award winning flutist Nicole Mitchell is one of the hubs of the creative modern jazz scene of Chicago. She has made her mark as a community leader as the first female president of the AACM, as an instrumentalist with a unique voice, and as a composer of complex and relevant new music.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Celebrating Betty Carter
We hear stories from alumni of "the school of Betty Carter", an esteemed collection of singers bound together by the thrall of Carter's titanic influence on jazz. One of the most powerful voices in the American musical tradition, her lasting legacy is celebrated by vocalist Charenee Wade along with many past members of Carter's band through the years.


Catherine Russell at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Catherine Russell remembers her late mother, Carline Ray, with stories of her journey in jazz, coming up in the 1940s as a black woman, and a performance honoring the vocal jazz trio tradition.


Billie at 100
From 2015 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. 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, highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday.


Muldrow Plays Mingus
Georgia Anne Muldrow is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist entrenched in the alternative r&b scene, but she was born out of jazz family. Her father Ronald was Eddie Harris’ guitarist Ronald Muldrow (making Harris her Godfather) and her mother is singer Rickie Byers Beckwith (Roland Hanna and Pharaoh Sanders.) Georgia also knew Alice Coltrane, who gave her the name Jytoni, which she uses as her “jazz alias.” Muldrow joins pianist Jason Moran and his cohorts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for a program featuring her own original music and their interpretations of music by Charles Mingus.



Wednesday at 9pm


Ahmad Jamal
One of the most popular stylists in contemporary jazz, pianist Ahmad Jamal has been a major force on the jazz recording scene ever since his 1958 live album made at Chicago's Pershing Lounge. On this 1985 Piano Jazz, Jamal reprises two classics from that session-Poinciana and But Not for Me-in duet with McPartland. Jamal solos on Duke Ellington's Come Sunday, and he and McPartland close the program with a final duet on Silent Night, Holy Night.


Judy Roberts
Pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts is one of Chicago's best-loved musicians. She's an imaginative and insightful pianist with an articulate touch, and her voice readily conveys many different moods. Since beginning her professional career at age 15, Roberts has traveled the world, gaining fans and garnering critical acclaim. She always keeps her audiences enthralled, as she did on this 2005 Piano Jazz, recorded in front of a live audience at WAMC in Albany, New York. She performs McPartland's Twilight World, and the two get together for Gravy Waltz.


Joey DeFrancesco
Joey DeFrancesco was only 20 years old when he was McPartland's guest on Piano Jazz. Hailed as the new hero of the organ, his stint with Miles Davis brought the classically trained keyboardist national attention. He has since gone on to release more than 30 albums and has earned multiple Grammy nominations. For this 1991 session, DeFrancesco switches to piano to play his own compositions and joins McPartland for Cherokee.


Carli Munoz
Pianist Carli Munoz's musical journey has taken him from Puerto Rico to the studios and clubs of LA, and back to the island of his birth, where he owns his own jazz club. His musical career has taken a similar circular trajectory. Having started out as a jazz musician, he played with pop musicians such as the Beach Boys and Rickie Lee Jones before returning full time to his first love, jazz. On this 2007 Piano Jazz, he plays his own tune Mia and joins McPartland for Cole Porter's So In Love.


Mose Allison
One of the most original and provocative musicians in jazz, pianist Mose Allison (1927-2016) was heavily influenced by the blues. The Mississippi native drew inspiration from Sonny Boy Williamson, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk to create jazz flavored by the blues, along with tastes of his own sardonic wit. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Allison opens with one of his typically witty tunes, Someone's Going to Have to Move. He and McPartland join forces on an old classic, Your Red Wagon.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 9pm


Hank Jones
According to Hank Jones, "when you listen to a pianist, each note should have an identity, each note should have a soul of its own." For nearly six decades Jones has taken his own words to heart, playing every one of his notes with a unique and deeply personal style.


James Moody
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.


Shirley Horn
New York Times music critic John Pareles once wrote that "songs are lucky when Shirley Horn chooses them." Pianist/Vocalist Horn is known for her ability to get inside a lyric, transforming it into a deeply emotional and personal expression of jazz - a skill that has allowed her to have a career built on love songs.


Melba Liston
Trombonist/Composer/Arranger Melba Liston cut her teeth as a trombonist in the big bands of Gerald Wilson and Dizzy Gillespie. She scored classic records for everyone from Marvin Gaye to Randy Weston. And against the odds, she made it as a woman in jazz.


Johnny Hartman
Vocalist Johnny Hartman was the quintessential romantic balladeer. The only singer to record with John Coltrane — on the iconic album John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman — his fame was limited mainly to true jazz lovers during his lifetime.