Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am

5/7

Bassist Ron Carter with Melanie Berzon

5/14

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane with Chris Cortez

5/21

Bassist Ray Brown with Dick Conte

5/28

Vocalist Mary Stallings with Alisa Clancy

 

Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm

5/1

Arthur Blythe Memorial Show
In the late 1970s, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe built a bridge between the excitement and freedom of new jazz and the language and feeling of the music's roots, appealing to a broad audience with his distinctive sound and energetic improvisations.

5/8

Saxophonist/Arranger Chris Byars
A modern bebop authority, Chris Byars has been a major presence on the Smalls scene since the 1990s. His current work brings together musicians across borders and generations and has focused on underrated figures like Freddie Redd and Frank Strozier.

5/15

Pianist/Organist/Vocalist Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers was a member of the AACM and has extensive appearances as a supporting musician with jazz legends, but has distinguished herself through her large-scale thematic compositions, work with jazz choir, and explorations of blues and spirituals.

5/22

Trumpeter Booker Little
A rising star of the trumpet in the post-bop era, Little was on par with giants Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard until his life was cut short at the age of 23. His appearances with Eric Dolphy and Max Roach and his superb writing efforts remain moving, powerful statements from a visionary musician.

5/29

Pianist Frank Kimbrough
The longtime pianist for the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kimbrough is a fixture of the New York scene. His harmonic mastery and sensitive, unique touch bring life to modern music from deep in the traditions of jazz.

 

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm

5/2

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Songs of Freedom
Jazz Night in America spotlights Grammy and Tony Award-winning and superstar Dee Dee Bridgewater on a program featuring "Songs of Freedom” from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

5/9

Ibrahim Maloof at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Multi-instrumentalist/Composer/Arranger Ibrahim Maloof offers fresh musical perspectives as he blends jazz and European classical music with the sounds of his native Lebanon and long-time home in France. He brings a carefully selected powerhouse band to pay tribute to Egyptian icon Oum Kalthoum, one of the greatest Arabic divas of all time.

5/16

The British Invasion (In Austin)
Jazz Night in America visits South By Southwest to talk with and listen to new artists on the British scene like tenor saxophonist Shabaka, drummer Moses Boyd and more.

5/23

Buster Williams and “Something More”
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.” For this performance, the revered bassist brings Steve Wilson, George Colligan, and Lenny White to the stage.

5/30

The Music of J.J. Johnson
Jazz Night in America presents the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson curated by trombonists Vincent Gardner and Elliot Mason. They tackle material from the "Jay and Kai”project and pull back the curtain on Johnson, the composer and the man, courtesy of an archival interview tape and from Carolyn Johnson, J.J.’s wife from 1992 until his death in 2001.

 

PIANO JAZZ WITH MARIAN MCPARTLAND

Wednesday at 9pm

5/3

Carmen Cavallaro
Carmen Cavallaro (1913 – 1989) was known as the “Poet of the Piano,” whose tender style created an ideal atmosphere for romantics worldwide. An outstanding pianist and a versatile performer, Cavallaro played everything from beguiling ballads to swinging jazz numbers and vibrant interpretations of Latin American melodies. He was McPartland’s guest shortly before he passed away in 1989. On this Piano Jazz, Cavallaro solos on his own arrangement of Cole Porter Melodyem> and joins McPartland for a piece entitled Lover.

5/10

T.S. Monk
Percussionist T.S. Monk was born into the world of jazz. As the son of Thelonious Monk, his home was the gathering place for musicians such as Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach, who gave him his first pair of drumsticks. An accomplished musician, T.S. has charted his own course as a composer, arranger, and melodic drummer. In 1995 he and McPartland dedicated this Piano Jazz set to Thelonious, performing classics such as ‘Round Midnight, Mysterioso, and Straight, No Chaser.

5/17

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater began her career as the lead vocalist of a jazz band. She honed her talent and headed to Broadway in 1975, where her performance in The Wiz was honored with a Tony Award. She is a featured performer at this year’s Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. On this Piano Jazz from 2003, Bridgewater exhibits her knowledge and enthusiasm when she sings September Song and Beginning to See the Light.

5/24

Terence Blanchard
Multiple Grammy winner, trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard carries the torch of New Orleans jazz in the tradition of the great Louis Armstrong, who shares his hometown. This spring Blanchard comes to Charleston, South Carolina, with his quintet, The E-Collective, to perform at the Spoleto Festival. In 2004 he was McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz. McPartland and Blanchard are joined by bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for a trio set of standards such as I Thought about You and Now’s the Time.

5/31

Joyce DiCamillo
For more than thirty years, pianist and composer Joyce DiCamillo has led her own trio, which critics hail as “a compact unit that breathes almost as one.” A dedicated educator, DiCamillo appears in high schools and universities around the country and is a model for women in jazz. On this Piano Jazz from 2000, she demonstrates her considerable keyboard talents on If I Should Lose You. DiCamillo and McPartland join forces for a rendition of What Is This Thing Called Love.

 

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 9pm

5/4

Miles Davis
Trumpeter Miles Davis dominated jazz for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. While his trumpet sound is instantly recognizable, he refused to be boxed in any one style, consistently developing fresh musical shapes and structures. Miles's powerful influence did not end with his death in 1991; his restless spirit continues to intrigue and inspire artists of all kinds.

5/11

John Coltrane
No modern jazz musician has a sound more influential yet less attainable than saxophonist John Coltrane. His pure tone was established by the mid-'50s, playing in Miles Davis' hard bop quintet. Coltrane's career was characterized by his constant, exponential advancement in improvisational technique and ideas. His sound reached its peak in his quartet of the '60s, which has served as a model for modern jazz ensembles for the last forty years.

5/18

Ella Fitzgerald
You recognize that voice instantly. The sound is youthful, exuberant, and swings! And when you hear Ella Fitzgerald, you don't just recognize her - you feel good! This show celebrates the music of one of the greatest singers of our time with interviews that include Ella herself; vocalists Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Joe Williams; writers Gene Lees and Albert Murray; and pianist Oscar Peterson.

5/25

Bessie Smith
No blues singer can escape the influence of Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues". For over 100 years, this legendary, singer has been and continues to be a major influence on singers and instrumentalists of today. She was larger than life, inexhaustibly creative, and undeniably distinctive. Her legacies of songs speak to everybody; she gave the music its raw, regal poignancy - and marketability.