Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 8am


Nigerian Vocalist Douye with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Pianist John Beasley with Alisa Clancy


Saxophonist Stan Getz with Dick Conte


Saxophonist Kamasi Washington with Chris Cortez


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Barry Harris
A master of jazz piano in the tradition of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Barry Harris is one of the last remaining giants of the 1950s, and has never stopped playing at the highest level of musicianship, and his work as a teacher has inspired new generations to keep the flames burning.


Frank Strozier
One of the great bebop stylists of the 60s, alto saxophonist Frank Strozier had a unique sound that balanced warmth and bite, a driving rhythmic feel, and a singular command of harmony in his lines. He dropped from the scene in the 70s, leaving the jazz world wanting more.


Bobby Bradford
One of the great brass players of the free jazz world, Bobby Bradford was an early compatriot of Ornette Coleman, with whom he recorded and played through some of Coleman's most important periods. He distinguished himself as one of the few original voices on the cornet, and has played a role in re-popularizing the instrument with jazz musicians.


Trudy Pitts
An underrated, hard swinging organist who sprung from the fertile jazz scene in Philadelphia, Pitts went from classical training at Temple and Julliard to playing and recording with jazz legends like Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. Her albums often contained pop repertoire, but her treatment of the tunes was deep soul-jazz.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Louis Hayes at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz Night in America celebrates the 80th Birthday of Louis Hayes in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and in the studio, in conversation with host Christian McBride.


Beautiful Life: JimmyGreen at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene paid tribute to his daughter, Ana, who was killed in the Newtown Massacre, by composing an album to reflect the way she lived. Jazz Night in America captured his performance live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.


A Tribute to Grover Washington Jr.
Few instrumentalists have bridged the world between R&B and jazz as seamlessly as the late Grover Washington Jr. Jazz Night in America unpacks the player's roots, legacy, and the complicated critical reaction tied with his commercial success. Backed by members of Washington's original band, saxophonists Gerald Albright and Najee are in the hot seat from this party-of-a tribute recorded live in Mr. Magic's adopted hometown of Philadelphia.


Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Jazz Night in America presents Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and their latest project, Real Enemies. Argue describes the piece a "an exploration of real world beliefs, of the present day folklore that we call conspiracy theories." Musically, Real Enemies draws from 12-tone compositional techniques along with a collage of found text and media from dozens of sources that trace the historical roots, iconography, ideology, rhetoric, and psychology of these conspiracies.



Wednesday at 9pm


Teri Thornton
Piano Jazz remembers vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton (1934-2000), who lost her battle with cancer in the year after this 1999 session. Thornton first wowed audiences in 1963 with her hit recording of "Somewhere in the Night" from the television series Naked City. Her comeback to the jazz world was highlighted in 1998 when she won the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. On this Piano Jazz, she and McPartland team up for an unforgettable I'll Be Seeing You. Thornton performs her signature song, East of the Sun and West of the Moon.


Ruth Laredo
One of the premier classical pianists of her generation, Ruth Laredo (1937-2005) was known as America's First Lady of the Piano. In partnership with McPartland and Dick Hyman, Laredo produced wildly popular Three Piano Crossover Concerts, exploring the boundaries between classical music and jazz. In this 2004 Piano Jazz session, Laredo and McPartland continue their genre-bending excursions, juxtaposing Chopin with Jobim, and Scriabin with Stella by Starlight.


Milt Hinton
Milt Hinton (1920-2000) was one of the world's legendary bass players. In a career that spanned eight decades, he played with just about everyone, from Cab Calloway to Ellington to Coltrane. He's often credited with bridging the gap from swing to modern jazz. In this 1991 session, Hinton "raps" his expansive resume, talks about his priceless collection of jazz photographs, and joins McPartland for How High the Moon.


Ellyn Rucker
Ellyn Rucker's light sensual vocals and smooth swinging piano produce a wonderfully intriguing mixture. Hailing from Colorado, Rucker broke into the jazz big leagues in the 1980s after she took up her musical career fulltime. She remains a staple on the Denver music scene. On this 1993 Piano Jazz, her versatility is evident when she performs Cole Porter's Everything I Love, then McPartland joins in to play the title tune from one of Rucker's albums, This Heart of Mine.


Claudio Roditi
Trumpeter/flugelhornist Claudio Roditi made his way from Brazil to the New York jazz scene in the 1970s, he was McPartland's guest for this 1996 Piano Jazz session. With McPartland at the piano, Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, and Roditi on his horn, the three dish up I Remember April and Speak Low.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 8pm


Jimmy Smith
A critic once described organist Jimmy Smith as an "excitement merchant" creating a lush, soul-stirring sound that brings audiences to their feet. This tribute explores Smith's early days in Philadelphia and shows how he brought the Hammond organ to the forefront of jazz. We'll also explore his work with trios and big bands, and his work with jazz greats such as Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson. Interviewees include Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Mark Whitfield, and Kenny Burrell.


Louis Jordan
Bandleader/Composer Louis Jordan is a part of the NPR Basic Jazz Record Library for many reasons. He was among the first black entertainers to be successful in a wider pop market. Jordan and his Tympany Five influenced bands like Bill Haley and the Comets -- his music is often cited as one of the roots of rock and roll. He was also underrated as a jazz musician, both a fine clarinetist and alto saxophonist. But most importantly, Jordan is a part of the Library because his music is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of all who heard him.


Shirley Horn
This Grammy Award-winning singer and pianist specialized in love songs. In the early '60s, Shirley enjoyed a taste of popularity with the support of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, and then disappeared from the spotlight to raise her daughter. She burst on the scene again in the '90s with several recordings and six consecutive Grammy nominations, and a 1998 Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.


George Shearing
Blind from birth, pianist 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.


James Moody
In 1996, reedman James Moody celebrated his fiftieth year in the music business. Whether playing the saxophone or flute, or singing a few bars of his favorite tune, Moody's expressions are marked by wit and fluidity. This program highlights Moody's work with Dizzy Gillespie, and his treatment of I'm in the Mood for Love - better known as Moody's Mood. Moody also reflects on the life experiences that have shaped his playing style and rich musical legacy.