Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 9am


Percussionist Anthony Brown with Chris Cortez


Multi-instrumentalist Dana Leong with Alisa Clancy


Trumpeter Tiger Okoshi with Dick Conte


Vocalist Lily Alunan with Chris Cortez


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Sheryl Bailey
5/7 Sheryl Bailey Sheryl Bailey has built the kind of career musicians envy: without any gimmick or pretense, she has established a deep niche as one of the hardest swinging creative guitar players around. Her musical associations range as far as David Krakauer and Richard Bona, but she brings the jazz spirit to every project.


Paul Bley
Paul Bley took the musical expansions of his colleague Ornette Coleman and spun his own thorny take on free swing. Through six decades of masterful trio and solo recordings, Bley shaped the sound of players like Keith Jarrett and changed the way jazz musicians approach small group improvisation.


Shirley Scott
"The Queen of the Organ" may have seemed like an ostentatious nickname, but you won't find anybody in the jazz world who will question her right to the throne! Shirley Scott's language came out of bebop, but she embraced the full cinematic capability of the Hammond B3. Her dancing swing and depth of feeling elevated her trio recordings and collaborations with saxophonists like Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Stanley Turrentine to the level of classics.


Marco Eneidi
A student of Jimmy Lyons and Sonny Simmons, Marco Eneidi is one of the more compelling alto saxophonists in the post-bop free jazz tradition. He was a cornerstone of the free scene in the Bay Area in the 1990s, and in addition to his numerous albums as a leader, he has appeared on records by William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Bill Dixon. Fiercely original, intelligent and intense, his music presents an experience deserving of a much wider audience.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


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.


2018 NEA Jazz Masters (A Listening Party)
Jazz Night in America listens in as pianist Jason Moran interviews The 2018 class of NEA Jazz Masters: Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Joanne Brackeen and Todd Barkan, about their lives, their music, and what they’re listening to now.


The Bad Plus
Jazz Night in America keeps up with The Bad Plus as it shakes up its pianists, replacing Ethan Iverson with Orrin Evans, and brings you some of the band’s January 2018 concerts in St. Louis.


Gary Burton, Retiring the Mallets
One year ago this month, the legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton announced his retirement. Jazz Night in America flew to the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, to capture Gary’s final concert in the U.S.


Harold Mabern
Celebrating the consummate Sideman, as a leader -- Harold Mabern at Jazz at Lincoln Center.



Wednesday at 9pm


Don Friedman
In honor of the birthday of Don Friedman (May 4, 1935-June 30, 2016), Piano Jazz presents this broadcast from 1996. Although Friedman first studied classical piano, he fell in love with the voice of jazz and performed with jazz greats such as Chet Baker and Buddy DeFranco.


Virginia Mayhew
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Virginia Mayhew has appeared in major New York jazz venues, from the Blue Note to Carnegie Hall, toured internationally, and twice represented the US as a Jazz Ambassador. She is also an active jazz educator and founded the Greenwich House Music School Jazz Workshop.


Harry “Sweets” Edison
Harry “Sweets” Edison (1915-1999) was a legendary stylist of jazz trumpet. From his days as a soloist in the Count Basie Band to his time as a studio musician for the likes of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, he was known for the sweet, muted tones that were his namesake. Edison joins McPartland and bassist Andy Simpkins on this Piano Jazz, originally broadcast just months before he passed away in 1999.


Barbara Cook
This week Piano Jazz remembers Barbara Cook (1927-August 8, 2017), the Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyric soprano who was a favorite of audiences around the world. She was a star on Broadway as an ingénue and became a staple of the New York cabaret scene in the later years of her prolific career. She was McPartland’s guest in 1998. Joined by her longtime musical collaborator and accompanist Wally Harper.


Ben Sidran
Ben Sidran is not only a nationally respected jazz composer, pianist, and song stylist, he is also a scholar, radio/TV producer, and jazz writer. When he was a guest on Piano Jazz in 1989, NPR listeners often heard his insightful commentary on All Things Considered as well as his own program Sidran on Record, which began in 1981.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 8pm


Nat King Cole, Part 1
Pianist/Vocalist Nat "King" Cole's popularity as a vocalist obscured the many significant contributions he made to American music and culture as a jazz pianist and as a groundbreaking performer. This show examines Cole's distinctive piano style and the influential "King Cole Trio," one of the earliest jazz piano trios.


Nat King Cole, Part 2
Nat King Cole is undoubtedly one of America's most beloved cultural icons. Beginning in the early '40s, his elegant piano playing defined the jazz trio and helped popularize the genre. But it was when took hold of a microphone to sing that Cole was transformed into the world-famous, successful, and consummate entertainer.


Jackie McLean
Alto saxophonist/Composer Jackie McLean -- who died at the age of 74 on March 31-was one of the giants of jazz. His spare, sugar-free sound backed everyone from Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. In tribute to McLean, we'll listen again to this Jazz Profiles episode where the McLean talks candidly about his life and times.


Abbey Lincoln
Few singers have the emotional depth of Vocalist/Composer Abbey Lincoln, and few are as versatile. With a voice capable of evoking the joy and pain of life, Lincoln has been carving a niche as a singer, songwriter, storyteller, actress and survivor during her forty-year career. Her own story speaks of hardship and of finding herself.


Quincy Jones
Producer/Arranger/Conductor Quincy "Q" Jones is probably best known for his work in television, film, and popular recordings, he has deep roots in jazz. He started out as a teenage trumpeter and arranger with the Lionel Hampton band. His tremendous passion for jazz led to collaborations with Count Basie, Billy Eckstine, and Frank Sinatra.