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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Sundays, 8pm to 9pm

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase profiles the legends and legacy of jazz music. Each week, the program showcases the music, performers, composers and styles of jazz that have made it America’s premiere musical art form.

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase airs Sunday nights at 8PM. The program is hosted and produced by Paul Hitchcock, a veteran announcer with more than 30 years in public broadcasting. For additional information, contact the host at: p.hitchc@moreheadstate.edu

Darrell Grant

Nov 9, 2018
Darrell Grant

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #229 (November 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Darrell Grant was introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter.

Grant has performed and recorded with such notable musicians as Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, John Clayton, Nicholas Payton, James Moody, Kevin Eubanks, Lenny White, Jane Bunnett, Somi, Tom Harrell, Jack Dejohnette, Terence Blanchard, and Art Farmer.

Herb Ellis

Nov 2, 2018
Guitar Player

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #228 (November 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

An excellent bop-based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, Herb Ellis became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that, he had attended North Texas State University and played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey (1945-1947), and the sadly under-recorded trio Soft Winds.

Craig Chaquico

Oct 26, 2018
YouTube

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #227 (October 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

During the '70s and '80s, guitarist/songwriter Craig Chaquico played lead guitar with the popular rock band Jefferson Starship (which later became Starship).

Ruth Brown

Oct 5, 2018
New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #224 (October 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 12, 1928, singer Ruth Brown signed with Atlantic Records at a young age and recorded a number of hit R&B songs throughout the 1950s, including "I'll Wait for You," "I Know," "5-10-15 Hours," and "Mambo Baby." She went on to have a successful theater career later in life.

Abraham Burton

Sep 27, 2018
Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #222 (September 23 at 8:00pm)

New York saxophonist Abraham Burton's music has been called exquisite jazz. His solos are powerful and creative.

He began developing his natural skills by attending Hartford's Hartt School of Music where he learned well from talented artists like Michael Carvin and Jackie McLean. Burton graduated from the school with a B.A. in music and a new love for the work of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Lester Young.

Etta Jones

Sep 14, 2018
Fandom

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #221 (September 16 at 8:00pm)             

Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clarity of Carmen McRae and the edge of Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, her unique style drew from gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz.

Butch Thompson

Sep 8, 2018
Ampers

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #220 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.

Nat Adderley Quintet

Aug 30, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #219

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Nat Adderley redefined the idea of "brotherly love" in a musical context. Fueled by his desire to "be remembered for having led a committed life," Nat devoted his creative energies to collaborating with his saxophone-playing brother, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, producing one of jazz's greatest sibling success stories.

Jim Widner Big Band

Aug 24, 2018
YouTube

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #218 (August 26 at 8:00pm)

A sought-after jazz musician and clinician, bass player Jim Widner enjoyed a storied career on stage with the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco before he pursued his true passion – jazz education.

Dr. Billy Taylor

Aug 17, 2018
NPR

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #217 (August 19 at 8:00pm)

Pianist Billy Taylor was such an articulate spokesman for jazz, and his profiles on CBS' Sunday Morning television program (where he was a regular beginning in 1981) were so successful at introducing jazz to a wider audience, that sometimes one could forget what a talented pianist he was for over half a century. While not an innovator, Taylor was flexible enough to play swing, bop, and more advanced styles while always retaining his own musical personality.

Jackie McLean

Aug 8, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #216 (August 12 at 8:00pm)

Jackie Mclean has long had his own sound, played slightly sharp and with great intensity; he is recognizable within two notes.

McLean was one of the few bop-oriented players of the early '50s who explored free jazz in the '60s, widening his emotional range and drawing from the new music qualities that fit his musical personality.

Lena Horne

Aug 4, 2018
Extra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #215 (August 5 at 8:00pm)

Lena Horne was born in 1917 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne in New York City. She performed with the greatest jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. She lives in New York City today and does not appear in the public eye anymore.

Lena is most famous for the movie Stormy Weather, in which she sung the title song, in the 1940's. Contrary to how music careers usually begin, Lena grew up in an elite family. She lived in a black bourgeois area in Brooklyn, New York.

Acoustic Alchemy

Jul 28, 2018
LionHear TV

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #214 (July 29 at 8:00pm)

During the late '80s and '90s, Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael produced a series of mellow albums classified as adult contemporary music, though the guitarists encompass the range of jazz and new age as well.

Both grew up in England during the '60s listening to pop/rock, though Webb studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music while Carmichael focused on classical guitar at the London College of Music.

Chris Standring

Jul 21, 2018
Benedetto Guitars

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #213 (July 22 at 8:00pm)

Smooth jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England; classically trained at the London College of Music, he further honed his skills during a decade spent working for the BBC as well as a number of theatrical orchestras on London's West End. From there, Standring relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a top session player after recording with everyone from Bebe & Cece Winans to Jody Watley and Carole Bayer Sager.

Latin Bay Area

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #212 (July 15 at 8:00pm)

An assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro.

Amazon

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #211 (July 1 at 8:00 pm)

On this program, it’s Jazz at the Movies - Part 1 featuring music from the movie soundtracks to The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) which starred Beau and Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Music from the film Beyond The Sea (2004) featuring Kevin Spacey will also be showcased.

Humberto Ramirez

Jun 23, 2018
Sonando En Puerto Rico

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #210 (June 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

A wide-ranging trumpeter, arranger and composer, Humberto Ramirez is comfortable playing straight-ahead Latin jazz (on his solo releases for Tropi-Jazz) as well as producing and arranging for the bigger names in Latin dance, including Tony Vega, Johnny Rivera and Brenda K. Starr.

Ramirez began his professional career playing trumpet in the band of salsa legend Willie Rosario, then moved into the arranging chair as well.

Jaco Pastorius

Jun 17, 2018
Rolling Stone

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #209 (June 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Roberto Perera

Jun 9, 2018
Musixmatch

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #208 (June 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

Roberto Perera’s romance with the Paraguayan harp began back in 1964 when the 12-year-old aspiring musician enrolled at the Conservatory of Modern Music in his hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Gabrielle Goodman

Jun 2, 2018
Berklee College of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #207 (June 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

Gabrielle Goodman is a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music in the Voice Department. She is well-versed in jazz, R&B, classical, as well as gospel and has performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, and Roberta Flack.

Her 1993 JMT/Polygram debut release Travelin' Light, featuring Kevin Eubanks on guitar, saxophonist Gary Thomas, and drummer Buddy Williams, brought Goodman international acclaim.

The New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #206 (May 27 at 8:00pm)

Dave Brubeck – Late Night Brubeck: Live at the Blue Note

Pianist Dave Brubeck teams up with saxophonist Bobby Militello (alto, tenor and flute), bassist Jack Six and drummer Randy Jones for a set that emphasizes ballads and slower tempos.

Red Mitchell

Apr 27, 2018
Getty Images

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #204 (April 29 at 8:00pm)

A talented bassist who was always in great demand, Red Mitchell was originally a pianist and he doubled on piano on an occasional basis throughout his career. He switched to bass when he was a member of an Army band in Germany.

Mitchell played with Jackie Paris (1947-1948), Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson's big band, and Charlie Ventura (1949); toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1949-1951); and was a member of the popular Red Norvo Trio (1952-1954).

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Mar 18, 2018
KNKK

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #202

Diversification has always been a driving force behind Bob Mintzer and his music.

Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mintzer also plays flute, clarinet, EWI, and is world renowned as a composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in the jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin, and world music genres.

Georgie Fame

Mar 11, 2018
Daily Express

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #201 (March 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan.

Walle Larsson

Mar 2, 2018
Walle Larsson

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #200 (March 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ryan Kisor

Feb 18, 2018
Jazz At Lincoln Center

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #198 (February 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ryan Kisor was born on April 12, 1973 in Sioux City, Iowa, and began playing trumpet at age four.

In 1990 he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition.

Kisor enrolled in Manhattan School of Music in 1991 where he studied with trumpeter Lew Soloff.

Musopen

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #197 (February 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century.

As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Feb 2, 2018
Variety

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #196 (February 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Recognized throughout much of his career as "the world's greatest living entertainer," Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing, and impersonations -- in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition.

Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #195 (January 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

As a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman's early bands, bassist Charlie Haden became known as one of free jazz's founding fathers. Haden never settled into any of jazz's many stylistic niches, however. Certainly he played his share of dissonant music -- in the '60 and '70s, as a sideman with Coleman and Keith Jarrett, and as a leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, for instance -- but for the most part, he seemed drawn to consonance.

Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #194 (January 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era.

He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later.

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