Sunday Night Jazz Showcase


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

Blue Desert

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #307 (November 29 at 8:00 p.m.)

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Tony Rice

Nov 20, 2020
Popular Bio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #306 (November 22 at 8:00 p.m.)

Tony Rice was born in Danville, Virginia, on June 8, 1951. In his infancy, the family headed west to Los Angeles where Tony’s earliest musical memory is the guitar playing of his uncle, Hal Poindexter, who played in the Golden State Boys. The band, headed by Tony’s guitar and mandolin-playing father Herbert Rice, also included uncles Walter Poindexter on banjo and Leon Poindexter on bass.

Jazz at the Movies

Nov 10, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #305 (November 15 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz at the Movies featuring music from the movie soundtracks to the films When Harry Met Sally and Chicago.

When Harry Met Sally (1989) starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Music for the soundtrack performed by Harry Connick, Jr. (piano and vocals), Benjamin Jonah Wolfe (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).

Chicago (2002) starred Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere. Vocal performances by Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Jane Ira Bloom

Nov 5, 2020
Lucy Gram, Jane Ira Bloom

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #304 (November 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Soaring, poetic, quick silver, spontaneous and instantly identifiable are words used to describe the soprano sound of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. She's been steadfastly developing her singular voice on the soprano saxophone for over 40 years creating a body of music that marks her as an American original. She is the winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album for her trio album “Early Americans.”

Rez Abbasi

Oct 29, 2020
Rez Abbasi

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #303 (November 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Voted #1 Rising-Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and subsequently placed in the “Top-Ten Guitarists” alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi is one of the most original voices on the current scene.

Swing Time

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #302 (October 25 at 8:00pm)

Pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader Claude Bolling enjoyed his first successes as a kingpin in the mainland European trad jazz movement of the 1950s and '60s. A skilled pianist who was heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum, he also persisted in performing ragtime and old-style jazz during the years when U.S. and European pop culture was dominated by Elvis Presley and the Beatles.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #301 (October 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

This program features vocalist Bobby Short performing with the Alden-Barrett Quintet whose members include Howard Alden (guitar), Dan Barrett (trombone), Chuck Wilson (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute), Frank Tate (bass) and Jackie Williams (drums).

Nightclub entertainer Bobby Short performed from the 1930s to the 2000s, primarily singing the songs of the masters of pre-rock popular song, especially Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Noël Coward, and Rodgers & Hart, while accompanying himself on piano.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #300 (October 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Professor Longhair – The Early Years (1949-1964)

Justly worshipped a decade and a half after his death as a founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors in a record shop that once could have moved his platters by the boxful.

Mal Waldron

Sep 30, 2020
Twittering Machines

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #299 (October 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

A pianist with a brooding, rhythmic, introverted style, Mal Waldron's playing has long been flexible enough to fit into both hard bop and freer settings. Influenced by Thelonious Monk's use of space, Waldron has had his own distinctive chord voicings nearly from the start.

Ray Vega

Sep 18, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #297 (September 20 at 8:00 p.m.)

A native of the South Bronx, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few.

Arthur Taylor

Sep 11, 2020
Jazz Drum Corner

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #296 (September 13 at 8:00 p.m.)

One of the great drummers of the 1950s, Art Taylor was on a countless number of hard bop and jam session-styled sessions.

His first important gig was with Howard McGhee in 1948, and this was followed by associations with Coleman Hawkins (1950-1951), Buddy DeFranco (1952), Bud Powell (1953 and 1955-1957), and George Wallington (1954-1956).

Entertainment Resource Group

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #295 (September 6 at 8:00 p.m.)

Led by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra are one of the most consistently commercially successfully pop-jazz groups to emerge out of the fusion era. Taking inspiration from bands like Weather Report and Return to Forever, Spyro Gyra broke through in the mid-'70s, combining R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz.

Jazz Guitar Online

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #294 (August 30 at 8:00 p.m.)

Known for his distinctive, slightly distorted sound, guitarist John Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser who has straddled the lines between straight-ahead post-bop, fusion, funk, and soul-jazz. One of the big three of late-20th-century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), Scofield's influence grew in the '90s and continued into the 21st century.

David Grisman

Aug 13, 2020
Band Where

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #293 (August 16 at 8:00pm)

David Grisman is normally associated with the bluegrass wing of country music, but his music owes almost as much to jazz as it does to traditional American folk influences. Because he couldn't think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz without leaning toward one idiom or another, he offhandedly decided to call it "dawg music" -- a name which, curiously enough, has stuck.

Blue Knights

Jul 23, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #192 (July 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

The music of Blue Knights is jazz-influenced fusion and contemporary jazz highlighted by piano and guitar.

The debut album “Blue Nights" was an instant hit when released in 1992.

Their music thrives on rhythms and a very jazz-influenced groove piano. Arrangements, programming and keyboards are the work of the composers Jay Heye and Curtis McLaw.

Dennis Rowland

Jul 15, 2020
The Daily Courier

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #290 (July 19 at 8:00 p.m.)

Dennis Rowland is beloved by jazz devotees and theatergoers around the globe.

The Detroit native and Phoenix, Arizona resident was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett.

Rowland is also featured on the Basie Band’s Grammy award-winning record “On the Road”.

Ted Rosenthal

Jul 9, 2020
Ted Rosenthal

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #289 (July 12 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianist/composers of his generation.  He actively tours worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody.

Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released fifteen CDs as a leader.  

Danilo Perez

Jul 3, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #288 (July 5 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in Panama in 1965, Danilo Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera.

Jeff Oster

Mar 13, 2020
Jeff Oster

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #287 (March 15 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jeff Oster is an American musician who specializes in trumpet and flugelhorn. He is a three-time winner of the Independent Music Awards and ten-time winner of the Zone Music Reporter Awards (formerly NAR LifeStyle Music Awards).

The combination of Oster’s deeply felt melodies, eclectic grooves and exotic textures make his music an improvisational triumph more in the spirit of jazz fusion.

(provided by Jeff Oster)

Aaron Neville

Mar 6, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #286 (March 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Blessed with a voice that's smooth as silk, and strong despite his emphasis on his higher register, Aaron Neville was one of the most distinctive R&B artists of his generation, a legend of New Orleans music who went on to become a star in pop, country, and adult contemporary circles thanks to his collaborations with the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood.

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.