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

Tony Bennett - Duets

Feb 27, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #285 (March 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Vocal legend Tony Bennett is joined by an all-star lineup of guest vocalists for a collection of jazz and pop standards.

Bennett teams-up with Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, k.d. lang, Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carrie Underwood and more.

Songs featured include “Blue Velvet,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “It Had To Be You,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “Rags To Riches,” “Smile” and others.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #284 (February 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

​​David “Fathead” Newman was born on February 24, 1933 in Corsicana, Texas.

As a teenager, David Newman played professionally around Dallas and Fort Worth with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith, and also with Ornette Coleman in a band led by tenor saxophonist Red Connors. In the early '50s, Newman worked locally with such R&B musicians as Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker.

Lawson Rollins

Feb 12, 2020
Lawson Rollins

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #283 (February 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Lawson Rollins picked-up the classical guitar at age 15 after hearing the recordings of Spanish guitar legend Andres Segovia.

Though he began his studies in the classical genre, he quickly developed his own style, a combination of salsa, Latin jazz, blues, samba, bossa nova, and classical music.

Lawson's genre-blending playing was marked by a distinctively sparkling technical proficiency, grounded in an uncommonly dexterous classical finger style approach.

Gary Meek

Feb 5, 2020
Jazz Music Archives

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #282 (February 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

Gary Meek was born in 1961 in Encino, California. His father played piano recreationally. Meek attended El Camino Real High School, where he was active in the music department on clarinet, saxophones and keyboard. After high school he enrolled in the Dick Grove School of Music Professional Instrumental Program.

Jazz at the Movies

Jan 31, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #281 (February 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz at the Movies featuring music from two movie soundtracks, Bridges of Madison County and Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil.

Bridges of Madison County (1995) starred Clint Eastwood and Merle Streep. Music for the soundtrack performed by Johnny Hartman, Barbara Lewis and Dinah Washington.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) starred John Cusack and Kevin Spacey. Music for the soundtrack performed by Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Paula Cole and Joe Williams.

Peter Leitch

Jan 24, 2020
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #280 (January 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Peter Leitch has long been one of the top straight-ahead guitarists in jazz, a fine hard bop-based improviser with a swinging style and an appealing quiet tone.

He grew up in Montreal, lived in Toronto during 1977-1981; recorded with Oscar Peterson, the Al Grey/Jimmy Forrest Quintet, and Sadik Hakim; and debuted as a leader in 1981 on the Jazz House label.

Big Band Vocalists

Jan 17, 2020
New England Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #279 (January 19 at 8:00 pm)

Big band vocalists from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s featuring the vocal talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver, Jimmy Rushing, Jack Teagarden, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Joe Williams.

Accompanying the vocalists are big bands and orchestras featuring Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Ralph Burns, Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Lunceford and others.

Jazz Chicago

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #278 (January 12 at 8:00 p.m.)

The city of Chicago has always been a breeding ground for musicians looking to expand the horizons of their own art and the styles that they represent, so it should come as no shock that guitarist Aaron Koppel was born and raised in this Midwestern musical mecca.

Auroville Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #277 (January 5 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.

Richard Hindman Trio

Dec 18, 2019
Fine Art America

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #275 (December 22 at 8:00 p.m.)

In 1973, pianist Richard Hindman moved to the San Francisco Bay area, becoming involved in the Bay Area night club, jazz and recording scene.

Then in 1978, he went to Denver for nine months to head up his own house trio at a jazz spot called Clyde's Pub, where he worked with such artists as Sonny Stitt, Lou Donaldson, Dakota Staton, Harold Land, Blue Mitchell, Leon Thomas, Eddie Jefferson and Richie Cole.

Kitty Margolis

Dec 11, 2019
Kitty Margolis

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #274 (December 15 at 8:00 p.m.)

One of the most exciting female jazz singers to emerge during the '90s, Kitty Margolis is a daring improviser and talented scat singer who achieved substantial critical acclaim while recording exclusively for her own label.

Dino Govoni

Dec 7, 2019
Fat City Band

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #273 (December 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Saxophonist Dino Govoni learned from two tenor sax greats, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, and furthered his studies by attending Berklee College of Music, studying with the late, great Joe Viola.

Terry Gibbs

Nov 26, 2019
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #272 (December 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born Julius Gubenko in Brooklyn, New York in 1924, vibraphonist, drummer, pianist and bandleader Terry Gibbs grew up in a musical family.

Terry's older brother, Sol, taught him to play the drums and xylophone. The boys' father, Abe, an accomplished violinist and bandleader, gave Terry his first musical break when he hired the young drummer.

Ricky Ford

Nov 24, 2019
Jazz Forum Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #271 (November 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ricky Ford is a complete artist. As a wanted sideman, a prolific composer, a unique teacher, an artistic director of the Toucy Jazz Festival that he founded in 2008 in French region Bourgogne, a surprising painter, the tenor saxophonist has been exploring different aspects of art throughout his career.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #270 (November 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Led by Carlos Kanno of Orquesta de la Luz, the Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band started out as a group of friends playing for fun and evolved into an 18-piece ensemble.

Boasting four percussionists, a three-piece rhythm section, and powerful horns, the group released their first album, Live in Yokohama, in 1998. That year also saw the Japanese release of their follow-up, September, which was released in the U.S. the following year. My Favorite followed in 2000.

(provided by Allmusic)

New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #269 (November 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

In the 1950s and '60s, few American jazz artists were as influential, and fewer still were as popular, as Dave Brubeck.

Steve Tyrell

Nov 1, 2019
New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #268 (November 3 at 8:00pm)

Singer, producer, and composer Steve Tyrell is a soulful, throaty crooner with a deep love of the American pop and standards tradition.

Ron Escheté

Sep 15, 2019
Jazz Guitar Society

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #267 (September 15 at 8:00pm)

Ron Escheté is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity.

Escheté is currently performing and recording with the Ron Escheté Trio, featuring Todd Johnson on six-string bass and Kendall Kay on drums. While he has long been regarded as one of the finest guitarists in mainstream jazz, now Escheté ranks as an innovative leader for his work with this ensemble.

Bruce Dunlap

Sep 11, 2019
Gabriella Marks. New Mexico Tourism

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #266 (September 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Bruce Dunlap has played the guitar since age 3. He has captured audiences worldwide with his facile command of the technique and poetry of the acoustic guitar.

New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #265 (August 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #264 (August 18 at 8:00 PM)

Harry James & His Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra

Trumpeter Harry James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later. James was the child of circus performers.

Richie Beirach

Aug 10, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #263 (August 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Richard Alan Beirach was born on 23 May 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City. Having a sheltered childhood, he started playing the piano at the age of 5. From age 6 to age 18, Beirach was given lessons by the pianist and composer James Palmieri.

Jason Adasiewicz

Aug 2, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #262 (August 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jason Adasiewicz is a vibraphonist heavily involved in the Chicago Avant-Garde Jazz scene. He has played with acts such as Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Exploding Star Orchestra, as well as prominent players like Ken Vandermark.

(provided by Rate Your Music)

Johnny Adams

Jul 27, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #261 (July 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

Johnny Adams was one of those singers whose critical reputation and standing with other musicians always outstripped his popularity with a mass audience. If he never achieved the kind of commercial success which came the way of some of the Chicago blues giants, however, his achievements will certainly outlast him.

Alexander Zonjic

Jul 19, 2019
Alexander Zonjic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #260 (July 21 at 8:00pm)

Alexander Zonjic’s musical life is proof that one’s true destiny isn’t always revealed the minute a youngster picks up his first instrument.

Listen Recovery

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #259 (July 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run.

Roland Vazquez

Jul 3, 2019
Roland Vazquez

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #258 (July 7 at 8:00pm)

Brad Upton Quartet

Jun 28, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #257 (June 30 at 8:00pm)

Trumpet player Brad Upton was born on May 2, 1952 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  His first 17 years were lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He studied piano in his early childhood and started playing trumpet at age 10. 

University of Miami

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #256 (June 23 at 8:00pm)

Sam Pilafian was an internationally renowned tuba virtuoso, perhaps best-known as a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet (1971-1963). 

Pilafian also recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Travelin’ Light, among others.

Wayman Tisdale

Jun 15, 2019
Tulsa Today

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #255 (June 16 at 8:00pm)

Most athletes who moved into the recording business during the '90s found rap to be their forte, but Wayman Tisdale shifted the field to contemporary jazz with his 1995 debut album, Power Forward, recorded for the Motown subsidiary MoJazz.

A 1984 Olympic gold medalist in basketball, All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and member of the Phoenix Suns, Tisdale plays bass in his Fifth Quarter Band. He signed with MoJazz in 1995, releasing Power Forward later that year.