Jazz 91.1 Program Highlights

I'm Talkin' Jazz

Sunday at 9am


Vocalist Jacqui Naylor & Pianist Art Khu with Chris Cortez


Pianist Amina Figarova with Chris Cortez


Vocalist Sandy Cressman with Jesse "Chuy" Varela


Pianist/Composer Connie Crothers with Dick Conte


Have You Heard with Patrick Wolff

Monday at 9pm


Ralph Lalama
A legend in the New York jazz world, tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama has been a featured member in the big bands of Woody Herman and Thad Jones, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In his small group work, he blasts through a gruff and swinging approach to hard bop that speaks the language of jazz without resting in cliche.


Abdullah Ibrahim
One of the most prominent African jazz musicians, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (previously named Dollar Brand) was mentored by Duke Ellington, and fused the approach of Duke and Monk with the sensibilities of free jazz and South African choral and gospel music. He is currently going strong in his fifth decade of music-making, and continues to make music that is challenging and spiritually vibrant.


Barbara Donald
One of the most commanding of the avant-garde trumpeters, Barbara Donald came to prominence in the 1960's, when her fiery solos and powerful sound combined with her then-husband Sonny Simmons to produce some pivotal records. She released several fine albums as a leader in the 1980s before health problems caused her to slow down, but her voice and contribution is one that deserves far greater recognition.


Calvin Keys
A Bay Area treasure, Calvin Keys is a world class jazz guitarist who has been taking swing to new levels for over four decades. We'll listen to his wonderful albums as a leader as well as his work as a sideman with masters like Ahmad Jamal.


Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride

Tuesday at 9pm


Lizz Wright in Atlanta
Vocalist Lizz Wright's most recent album, Grace, was inspired by her roots, her southern heritage, and her family. Jazz Night in America caught up with Lizz for a concert in Atlanta, and on a road trip she took, reacquainting herself with the people and places she came from.


Dee Dee Bridgewater: Songs of Freedom
Jazz Night in America spotlights 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater in a performance from Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring the music associated with Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone.


Marian McPartland at 100
Marian McPartland, pianist and grand dame of NPR’s Piano Jazz, would have celebrated her centennial birthday this month. Jazz Night in America honors McPartland, and her many contributions, with special performances and outtakes from her show.


Jane Bunnette and Maqueque
Jazz Night in America catches up with flautist and soprano saxophonist, Jane Bunnette, and her Afro-Cuban band at Jazz at Lincoln Center and in Miami.



Wednesday at 9pm


Jeremy Monteiro
Pianist Jeremy Monteiro grew up in Singapore, where he launched a remarkable career, landing his first gig at 17. He gained international attention in 1988 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and has continued to gain acclaim worldwide throughout his career. To his credit he has more than 20 albums as a leader, is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and has received Singapore's highest honor in the arts, the Cultural Medallion. On this 2008 Piano Jazz, he and McPartland perform a set of standards and a few originals, including Monteiro's Asiana and Blues for Sax.


Marian & Jimmy McPartland
This year marks the centennial of Marian McPartland (1918-2013). In honor of the occasion, Piano Jazz revisits a session with Marian and Jimmy McPartland. In addition to playing with the early greats, such as Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller, trumpet legend Jimmy McPartland (1907-1991) was also responsible for introducing a young English pianist named Margaret Marian Turner to the American Jazz scene. In this classic program from 1990, the McPartlands perform one of Jimmy's favorite tunes, St. James Infirmary.


Earma Thompson
For more than 50 years, Earma Thompson (1923-2009) was a constant on the Chicago jazz scene. She was recognized as the reigning queen of Windy City jazz but spent most of her career as a dependable and accomplished side person. In her 80s Thompson released her first albums as a leader, including 2004's Just in Time, which debuted shortly before her 2005 appearance on Piano Jazz. In this session, Thompson showcases her elegant, bluesy style on "Back at the Chicken Shack" before joining McPartland for Lullaby of the Leaves.


Gil Goldstein
Composer and arranger Gil Goldstein came to the piano by way of the accordion, which he has rediscovered and added to the jazz lexicon. Collaborations with Jaco Pistorius and Bill Evans fostered his career and led to work with David Sanborn, Michael Franks, and Al Jarreau, among others, and to writing original scores for films. In this 2001 Piano Jazz session, Goldstein solos on his own City Lights. McPartland accompanies him as he plays accordion for a few tunes, including Waltz for Debbie.


Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

Thursday at 8pm


Rosemary Clooney
For more than 40 years, vocalist Rosemary Clooney's simple and exquisite singing style defined her career. Her dynamic career also included movie roles and a star turn in her own television show. Rosemary will always be remembered as one of America's finest jazz-based vocalists.


Marian McPartland
A treasured jazz pianist, radio host of NPR's Piano Jazz, and educator, Marian McPartland has done as much as anyone to spread the word about jazz and to share its beauty with the general public. As a composer, her works such as "In the Days of Our Love" have enriched the jazz repetoire. McPartland will celebrate her 85th birthday on March 20, 2003.


Bud Powell
After being brutally beaten by police at age 21, Powell spent the rest of his short life fighting mental illness, until his death in 1966. His music revealed his constant state of struggle. Known to improvise like one possessed, Powell's right hand could race through the upper registers of the keyboard with astounding clarity while his left hand grounded the lines with irregularly spaced dissonant bass chords. Bud Powell created a ferocious body of music that shattered the limits of bebop and influenced all that followed him.


Tito Puente
The late Afro-Cuban jazz giant Tito Puente, "El Rey," was the king of the timbales and the mambo, and a recipient of the Presidential Arts Medal. This tribute takes us inside the man, probing the source of that energy and uncovering the secrets to Puente's prolific and creative life.


Bobby Hutcherson
"Looks like he's levitating when he's playing" Host Nancy Wilson details the "whole body experience" and the incredibly palette of colors that vibes master Bobby Hutcherson brings to his art.