Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 9am


Drummer Allison Miller with Alisa Clancy


Vocalist Kenny Washington with Chris Cortez


Pianist Joe Sample with Dick Contte


Saxophonist Michael Pedecin with Alisa Clancy


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Herb Geller
Geller was a sparkling virtuoso of the alto saxophone who had a brief popularity in the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 50's, followed by half a century of making great music in Europe, almost completely ignored by the US press.


Masabumi Kickuchi
Kikuchi was one of the most significant jazz artists to emerge from Japan. He had important recordings with Joe Henderson and Paul Motian as the bookends of his career, and in the middle produced many trio and solo piano recordings that show a truly unique aesthetic, stark and powerful.


Erik Jekabson
Trumpeter Erik Jekabson is one of the reasons the Bay Area is a great place to see jazz. He leads groups covering everything from bebop to New Orleans, and in the last few years has established himself as a master composer through commissions from the San Francisco Symphony and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a collective big band that he founded. This show will contain a live interview.


Kenneth Terroade
Largely forgotten tenor saxophonist Kenneth Terroade put forth a powerful series of appearances as a sideman in Paris in the late 60's, recording with Sunny Murray and others, and then disappeared. Although he is rumored to currently only play religious music as a missionary in Jamaica, his expressive and free style sounds fresh almost 50 years after his heyday.


Peter Bernstein
Guitarist Peter Bernstein is an anchor of the straight-ahead jazz scene in NY. He is a model of taste and swing, a careful developer of the language of bebop, and may be the foremost guitar interpreter of the music of Thelonious Monk.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Wayne Shorter
Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter was the 2017 Artist-in-Resident at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Jazz Night in America catches up with him on stage with Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese and Terri Lyne Carrington.


Buster Williams
Buster Williams, once a sideman renowned for his work with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Jimmy Heath, Betty Carter, and others, now leads his own groups under the name Something More. While the members of Something More rotate from project to project, for this performance, the revered bassist brings Steve Wilson, George Colligan, and Lenny White to the stage.


Muldrow Plays Mingus
Georgia Anne Muldrow is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist entrenched in the alternative R&B scene, but born into a jazz family. 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.


Fred Hersch's "Leaves of Grass"
Composer/Pianist Fred Hersch's Leaves of Grass celebrates the life and poetry of American bard Walt Whitman, whose work redefined American poetry and had a significant, life-affirming impact on Hersch. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry present Whitman's words with grace, emotion, and a lyrical sweetness that would have made the poet proud.


Mike Reed in Chicago
Jazz Night in America joins drummer Mike Reed at his club, Constellation, in Chicago for his Flesh and Bone project.



Wednesday at 9pm


Lorraine Desmarais
French-Canadian pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais made her first appearance in the United States at the 1986 Great American Jazz Competition, where she took the highest honors. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for her work bringing Canadian jazz to the world. She was McPartland's guest for this 1991 Piano Jazz.


Tony DeSare
Vocalist and pianist Tony DeSare discovered music at a young age and began performing as a teenager. He broke out on the New York music scene in the early 2000s with a role in the Off-Broadway review Our Sinatra and a lauded club debut at the Cafe Carlyle. On this 2008 Piano Jazz, DeSare recalls Sinatra with Fly Me to the Moon and performs an original, How Will I Say I Love You.


Eddie Palmieri
Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, and composer Eddie Palmieri has been called "the madman of Latin Jazz." His playing fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. On this 2000 Piano Jazz, McPartland joins the band for an hour of Palmieri's powerful rhythmic compositions.


Liz Magnes
In 2001 McPartland introduced Piano Jazz audiences to Liz Magnes, one of Israel's most dynamic and creative solo jazz pianists. Her signature style blends Eastern and Western influences, creating a World Music flavor. Magnes moved to New York in 2000, going on to perform coast to coast and dedicating much of her time to arts education.


Charlie Watts & Tim Ries
Drummer Charlie Watts has been the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones for more than 50 years, though he has always had a passion for jazz and the blues. Saxophonist Tim Ries plays with the Stones, but as a true jazz journeyman, he's also worked with greats such as Maria Schneider, Maynard Ferguson, and Tim Woods. When Watts and Ries were on a break from the Rolling Stones' World Tour in 2007, they sat down with McPartland for an hour of jazz and rock, with Ries' arrangement of the Stones classic Honkey Tonk Woman.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 8pm


Chick Corea
hick Corea has influenced a generation of musicians, from his work in Miles Davis' electric band to his own fusion ensemble, Return to Forever. His composition Spain is one of the most recorded jazz tunes of the last 30 years. A pianist with a distinctive, lyrical touch, his career has been marked by adventurous shifts in style, from his free jazz group, Circle, to his delicate duets with vibraphonist Gary Burton.


Gene Ammons
The son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons, Gene Ammons came roaring out of the bluesy sound of Chicago at a time when bebop was just getting its legs. Sitting in the horn section of Billy Eckstine's band in the mid-'40s, Ammons shared the stage with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey. Although Ammons had a big, bold tenor sound, he could also compress that energy into lush, romantic ballads.


Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday was the consummate jazz singer. She could take any song and make it her own. She could re-work a melody, sing a lyric with impeccable diction, add her unique phrasing and embrace it with the raw emotional intensity of her life experience. All of the great bandleaders loved Lady Day: Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw. Billie's personal battles are legendary -- with a racist society, with men, with drugs -- and it was that pain that fueled her songs. But she worked at her craft, found her own voice, and inspired countless singers and musicians. This show focuses on Billie's music and its impact on jazz.


Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery created the first new sound on jazz guitar since Charlie Christian revolutionized the instrument in the late '30s. His innovations such as his celebrated octaves and his style of playing with his thumb rather than a pick continue to have an influence today. Wes also became a popular musician, whose later recordings sold hundreds of thousands of copies.