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I'M TALKIN' JAZZ Sunday at 8 am 4/1
Guitarist Nguyen Le with Alisa Clancy
Multi-instrumentalist David Hardiman Jr. with Mal Sharpe
4/15 Pianist Kenny Drew Jr with Michael Burman 4/22 The Bad Plus with Alisa Clancy 4/29 Saxophonist Sonny Simmons with Greg Bridges
RIVERWALK JAZZ Sunday at 6 pm 5/6
In the Footsteps of Giants: Trumpet Dynamo Bria Skonberg
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is joined by trumpet ace Bria Skonberg, a brilliant young musician from Canada, dedicated to revitalizing American classic jazz, who has taken New York by storm. Citing Louis Armstrong as a key influence, Skonberg radiates exuberance in her dynamic performances.
5/13 Sidney Bechet: Jazz Immortal 5/20 Django’s Gypsy Swing with the Hot Club of San Francisco The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is joined by special guest, guitarist Paul Mehling and his Hot Club of San Francisco as they explore the infectious jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Romany guitar legend and icon of the jazz scene in 1930s’ Paris.
5/27 It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Man Swings: Dick Hyman Plays Fats Waller
THE ANNALS OF JAZZ WITH RICHARD HADLOCK Sundays at 7 pm
The sound of surprise describes both jazz itself and the enduring premise of "The Annals of Jazz." Since 1959, host Richard Hadlock has been improvising on historical themes and bringing forth worthy performers—from Armstrong to Zorn. Each Sunday, we may find Annals in Europe, Asia, Latin America or Back of Town anywhere.
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in the moment with jim bennett Sunday at 8 pm 5/6
The Sheldon Brown Quintet The Sheldon Brown Quintet plays the music of Herbie Nichols, recorded November 19th, 2011, at the Hillside Club, in Berkeley. With Darren Johnston, Matt Clark, John Schifflett and Jason Lewis.
5/13 Lynne Arriale's Trio Pianist Lynne Arriale's Trio, recorded at Yoshi's in San Francisco, on March 10th, 2012. With Omer Avital and Anthony Pinciotti.
5/20 Art Lande, Bruce Williamson and Paul An intimate chamber jazz performance, recorded January 15th, 2012, featuring Art Lande (pictured), Bruce Williamson and Paul McCandless.
McCandless The Young Lionesses recorded March 10th, 2012 at the First Annual Women's Jazz Festival produced by Ellen Seeling and Jean Fineberg. Featuring Kasey Knudsen, Ariel Vento, Mariel Austin, Erika Oba and Camille Dyhr.
5/27 The Young Lionesses
THE JAZZ DECADES WITH RAY SMITH Sunday at 11 pm 5/6
Independence Hall Jazz Band, Rex Stewart, Count Basie
5//13 The River Boat Five, Ace Harris, Tommy Dorsey, Varsity Eight, 5/20 Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Bennie Goodman, Cleo Brown, Benny Carter, Chicago Jazz Summit 5/27 Bill Challis, Jess Stacy, Bennet's Swamplanders, Marty Grosz, Ken Poplowski, Jon-Erik Kellso, Vince Giordana
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JAZZ PROFILES WITH NANCY WILSON Monday at 9 pm 5/7
Charlie Parker, Part 2
5/14 Vocalist Mel Torme
Like Ella Fitzgerald, Torme's tender treatment of a ballad was offset with a powerful sense of swing. An accomplished drummer and pianist, he also sang songs much like jazz instrumentalists would play them. With help from friends and colleagues, we'll examine one of the most fascinating careers in jazz.
5/21 Pianist/Composer Erroll Garner Erroll Garner was one of the most original, intuitive, and purely exciting pianists to emerge during the modern jazz era. Although he is perhaps best known as the composer of "Misty," Garner's significance as a jazz innovator easily rivals his status as a successful songwriter. His approaches to melody, harmony, and especially rhythm are as fresh and inventive today as when he first introduced them in the mid '40s. Interviewees include Steve Allen, Linton Garner, Martha Glaser, John Levy, Marian McPartland, and Dr. Billy Taylor.
5/28 Trombonist Al Grey
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER WITH WENDELL PIERCE Tuesday at 9 pm 5/1
American Icons: Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including Lush Life, Take the 'A' Train and Something to Live For.
The Music of Billy Strayhorn
5/15 Bird with Strings
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And on stage Bird lives â€“ as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.
5/22 The Music of Fats Waller 5/29 The Yellowjackets with Mike Stern
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SONG TRAVELS WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Wednesday at 9 pm
Thirty-two-year old Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, but her sound reveals a deep connection to the heyday of the early â€™70s singer/songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, â€™30s jazz, and gospel. Rumer joins Michael Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood, all of which inspire her to perform a few tunes from the Great American Songbook along with her own songs.
5/16 Liza Minnelli
Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continues to wow audiences the world over with her delightful presence and powerful voice. Minnelli joins her good friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and the evolution of her approach to song.
5/23 Cheyenne Jackson 5/30 David Hyde Pierce
JAZZSET WITH DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Thursday at 9 pm 5/3
Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner at the Kennedy Center
Jean Baptise Thielemans was born April 29, 1922. Over his long and colorful life, the harmonica man has lived in and played the music of Belgium, Paris and New York -- not to mention his most recent love, Brazil. In this concert, he chooses songs by Mancini and Miles, a quote from "La Marseillaise" and a piece by Jacques Brel, and a melding of "Bridges (Milton Nascimento)" and "God Bless America."
5/10 Josh Moshier: The Studs Terkel Project at the Jazz Showcase 5/17 20th Anniversary Special for the Gil Evans Centennial Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead at the 2011Monterey Jazz Festival 5/24 Corea, Clarke and White: Return to Forever at the Monterey Jazz Festival 5/31 Alexis Cuadrado: A Lorca Soundscape at 92YTribeca
James Farm (pictured) offers flexible originals in jittery, bobble-head rhythms served up with panache. Beantown Jazz says the acoustic foursome "reads from a new book, airing less jazz and blues than folk and pop, delivered with swaggering chops. Joshua Redman, the standout improviser in this leaderless cooperative, blows tenor with robust conviction alongside Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland."
The Jazz Center
What's Cookin' at Jazz 91? By: Chaire Greene Fund Drive Producer
Are you ready for our Spring Membership Drive? Well, we are! Chuy came up with a terrific idea… He said: ‘Let’s do a recipe booklet!’ Now food is very serious business at KCSM…right up there with jazz. We all cook and yack about what we’ve cooked all the time. So Chuy’s idea got everyone’s attention. Here’s his vision: ‘The booklet should include recipes from the staff at KCSM, from jazz players and, ultimately from listeners. We can even test some of the recipes out during the drive and post photos and comments on our Facebook page .’ Wow, we’re all thinking. Why not? Hey, we could even see about getting a Jazz 91 apron to offer as a thank you gift to go with the recipe booklet. Are we on fire or what? So, get ready to have some culinary fun while we groove on the jazz we all love and raise money for the station that plays it, 24/7. Oh yeah, tell your friends and start thinking about a recipe you’d like to post on our Facebook page. You can get to it via our home page: www.kcsm.org. The Spring Membership Drive runs from May 1 – 18. Now get cookin’!
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